Semantic, Symbolic & Noetic Field ~ Iona Miller

 

Fields are domains of influence. Storytelling describes a deep field of myth and archetype. Elements are woven together by narrative, metaphor and illustration. A semantic field is a set of words grouped by meaning referring to a specific subject, much like symbols are held in the subtle net of an image. The language of symbols is older than the Ouroboros, Vortex, Yin-Yang, Ankh, Pentagram, Solar Cross, Circumpunct, Vesica Piscis, or Flower of Life.

Noetics, direct knowing, is the connection between mind and the physical universe – how the ‘inner cosmos’ of the mind (consciousness, soul, spirit) relates to the ‘outer cosmos’ of the physical world – the somatic field of our psychophysical being. A noetic field consists of all mutually interdependent facts and symbols. All are components of the Ritual Field of mythic sensibility.

The mythic field is the realm of the unconscious. The form of myth emerges as patterns from the field of the Collective Unconscious. Pattern is a language, using fields to describe dynamic relationships and energetics. Each pattern is a field. The field of myth is emotional — emergent, resonant, challenging — inviting ritual enactment to animate and embody it. Thus, we recognize and develop our own style of mythic consciousness, stepping in to join with others, daring to live our larger lives within the field of historic life. Such journeys are rites of passage.

Components of the unconscious emerge in conscious life. Personal myth, (a biochemically-coded internal model of reality and a field of information), shapes individual behavior as cultural myths influence social behavior, Symbolic content is a mythic field. Shift the field, change the myth. Rituals shift the field. Transcendence parallels the emergence of myth as new life experience. Jung described the transcendent function as a reconciliation of conscious and unconscious elements, remapping our boundaries. Adaptation is a combination of individual and group work.

 

 

 

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PSYCHOGENESIS I ~ Alchemical Reality ~~ Iona Miller

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The Sourceress: Fire & Ice

 

The High Priestess, mistress of our guided tour to the Abyss of the Transcendent Imagination, gazes out serenely from her inner kingdom.  The image is actually one of many incarnations of Psyche, whose name in Greek means butterfly, and is a universal symbol of the soul.  This Psyche is in rapport with Spirit, as symbolized by the dove enclosed in the circle of flame over her crown.  It reflects the mythography of Psyche & Eros, the divine couple. 

There is alchemy and magick here in this world, where serpents are a healing force.  Myth tells us that the blood of Medusa, the serpent-haired one, was a potion—that from the right side a healing balm, that of the left a fatal poison. As the Soul of the World, the Anima Mundi represents a way of affirmation and fullness.  She is the plenum, the panoply or pandaemonium of psychic imagery—our Hostess for the inner journey we are about to embark upon.  She is a soul-guide, a mediatrix of consciousness between the personal and collective.  She balances the actualities of daily life with the demands of the Beyond. 

Ego consciousness emerges as the result of her prior psychic life.  The creative process emerges from the unconscious by the “way of the Mothers”—rebirth. The alchemist’s conviction that psyche and its fantasies are as real as matter depends on how convincing anima makes herself to us.  Internalization is necessary for psychic consciousness.  It means being aware of your fantasies and recognizing them everywhere, including your belief system.  Your fantasies are not separate from your reality, but are instrumental in forming your experience of it.

Personifying is a characteristic effect of the anima archetype.  The embodiment of libido can only be apprehended in definite form.  Your rebirth is identical with your rebirth images, emotions, actions, and feelings.  This angel’s individuation into a distinct personality is precisely what soul-making is all about.  Let your imagination refresh your intellect with fantasy. Behind Eros, the alembic, or alchemical vessel of transmutation, contains the symbols of the three stages of the work (body, soul, and spirit; mercury, sulphur, and salt) as black, white and red birds.  When united they produce the Philosopher’s Stone, Elixir, or Panacea: the universal remedy of cosmic consciousness.


Postmodern Baphomet

 

The alchemists concretized or personified practically all their most important ideas—the four elements, the vessel, the stone, the prima materia, the tincture, etc.  The idea of man as microcosm, representing in all his parts the earth or the universe, is a remnant of an original psychic identity, which reflected a twilight state of consciousness, according to Jung.  This primordial man has taken many forms throughout history, such as Adam Kadmon in Qabala and Purusha in Indian philosophy.  In Tarot, this companion of the High Priestess is the Magus, or Magician.

In 1307, the Knights Templar were accused of worshiping the heretical figure of Baphomet, considered by the uninitiated as a symbol of Satan. In reality, this symbol comes from a level deeper than and prior to such dichotomization as good/evil where the opposites are still fused.  It is actually a symbol of fertility, the erotic element being symbolic rather than literal. The name itself is a puzzle, perhaps the corruption of Mahomet, brought back to Europe during the Crusades.  He figured prominently in the Cathar heresies, and provided the basis for accusations of heresy and witchcraft. 

However, the name probably comes from combining two Greek words–baphe and metis—and means “absorption into wisdom.” 19th century magician Eliphas Levi’s version of the figure nestles in the opened cranium of this Post-Modern Baphomet, and helps provide an alternative image of the Tarot Trump, The Devil.  On his arms are the alchemical terms solve and coagula, reminding us that to create the Philosopher’s Stone we must dissolve ourselves in chaos and then re-emerge with a reborn embodiment.

Levi called the figure ‘a pantheistic and magical form of absolute,’ a diagram of the god who is the sum total of everything in the universe—an obviously phallic principle of organic life.  It contains the symbols of the four elements: the head stands for fire, the wings for air, the scales for water, and legs for earth.  The torch is a symbol of divine revelation, the pentagram of human intelligence, the caduceus the union of the sexes, etc.  It is a sign of redemption.


Prima Materia

 

The alchemist dreams in his own specific language, which is exceedingly obscure.  In order to understand it, Jung suggests we learn the psychological secrets of alchemy, since only he who knows the secret of the stone understand their words.  This virtually incomprehensible “nonsense” has fascinated the most erudite minds, such as Newton, Paracelsus, Goethe,and Jung for two thousand years. 

The symbolism of alchemy has to do with the structure of the unconscious, and modern dreams contain the same metaphors.  Its practical value should not be underestimated. The alchemical operation consists essentially in separating the prima materia, the so-called chaos, into the active principle, the soul, and the passive principle, the body.  They are then reunited in personified form in the coniunctio, the ritual combination of sol and Luna, which yields the magical child (filius sapientiae orfilius philosophorum), the reborn self, known as the ultima materia

The collective unconscious appears in the many symbols of religion, myth, art, and dreams.  The Urobouros dragon biting its own tail depicts the original chaotic condition, which prevails before the radical transmutation.  But it contains all the refined ingredients of the ultimate state in their uncooked form—the heat has yet to be applied to the unrefined material, raw uncooked emotion. Therefore, we see not only the anguish and despair of the beginning, but the seeds of rejuvenation, rebirth and promised illumination of the final stages of the process. 

Thus, prima materia is the seed of the process, which takes place in the natural mind; it is the seed of enlightenment.  The Crown of Creation is an overarching symbol equating with the top sphere Kether in Qabala.  It triumphs over the terrible Dragon of the primal, unrefined condition, represented by the dragon or Terrible Mother.  In the bottom-center is Atlas holding the earth to symbolize the material sphere of Malkuth.  All is one magical movement from Kether through Malkuth.  Ego cannot separate itself from the powers and abilities of the subconscious.  To submit this material to the process means to apply conscious effort to the task, and find our own experiential spirituality.  Prima Materiarepresents the crossroads or crisis preceding a spiritual awakening (intellectual doubts, metaphysical problems).

The Genius of Genealogy ~ Iona Miller

Cosmic Embryo

“The eye of the heart that ‘sees’ is also the eye of death that sees through visible presentations to an invisible core. When Michelangelo sculpted portraits of his contemporaries or of the figures of religion and myth, he attempted to see what he called the immagine del cuor, the heart’s image, “a prefiguration” of what he was sculpting, as if the chisel that cut the rock followed the eye that penetrated his subject to the heart. The portrait aimed to reveal the inner soul of what he was carving.” (Hillman, Soul’s Code, p146)

DAIMON

The ancient Greeks believed that our character or genius was a daimon who oversaw our experiences with mortality — our fate — our personal yet transcendent god. Every person had their spirit or guardian angel. Every person has their “seed-self”, “guiding force”, or acorn of character from birth. Our spirits grow from this seed that is our daimon. The inspirational spirit guides us toward the fulfillment of our potential and shows us our vulnerabilities and dream or imaginal life.

All old trees had their daimon, and the World Tree — mankind’s most magnificent legend — is no exception. The personified tree is the daimon at the same time because they are different categories of existence — secular and sacred. When we are ‘called’, we are called by our daimon. If we ignore that call we may wither away or live half a life. The daimon helps us know ourselves. If we are fortunate the daimon informs our life and death with some nobility and poetry.

The tree articulates a psychophysical reality — the life of the cosmos. Mind is rooted in the Unconscious much as a tree is rooted in the ground. Shaping matter as well as mind, it retains its character through endless variations. Psychoid is more fundamental than matter and psyche and the basis of synchronicity.

The Acorn Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Meaning is essential to tree phenomenology. Again, its character is the personal or family daimon. The tree is the image and mirror of our condition, It is an ancient idea that if we planted a tree at birth our fate is shared with it. This describes the character of the family tree and symbol of wholeness.

Hillman said the genius reveals both fears and talents in very young children, who may have a premature experience of the self. M.-L. von Franz said “the wounded healer IS the archetype of the Self [our wholeness, the God within] and is at the bottom of all genuine healing procedures.”

But the pedigree doesn’t illustrate the argument as much as embody it. Certain wounds or deficits may come with genius and require challenges to release the gift and its new perspective. The wound lets in the energy that pushes or drags us to make us whole. Our symptoms are aspects of the wound and our genius, and this notion conforms with applying family therapies within the genealogical core.

Like all archetypal symbols, the symbol of the tree has undergone a development of meaning in the course of the centuries. It is far removed from the original meaning of the shamanistic tree, even though certain basic features prove to be unalterable. The psychoid form underlying any archetypal image retains its character at all stages of development, though empirically it is capable of endless variations. The outward form of the tree may change in the course of time, but the richness and vitality of a symbol are expressed more in its change of meaning.
(Jung,CW13 ¶ 350)

This plant is an inner, spiritual growth, the development of a tree of life and knowledge which played a great role in alchemy….In general it is advisable to watch these inner developments and not let them slip back into the unconscious, lest they get stuck in the physiological sphere, or rather in the realm of the [psychoid] unconscious which merges with the body, where they give rise to pathological formations which a wise man carefully avoids. (Jung, Letters Vol. II, Pages 607-608)

The daimon is our spiritual guide or self, and our character — a divine mediating power that impels our action and drives or mediates our destiny. It is what makes us unique in relation to the world. This inborn immortal factor embodies our innate talents, inherent gifts, and positive or negative natural tendencies.

This supreme form of soul is our constant companion and source of inspiration — like the Latin genii, our genius. This “genius” (from the Latin genere) means to generate, to beget, making the daimon the voice of the generative process in us. It can be a personification of the transcendent function, experienced in dreams and in our acts of doing and becoming.

The daimon is also our suffering, emotional disorders, and more, but could also heal, and promote health, happiness, resilience, perseverance, and harmony. The vitality of the inner universe is mobilized in happiness, misery, regret. The daimon can inform even a painful death with some poetry and grace.

Suffering can be produced by painful states of mind such as hatred, envy, alienation, scapegoating, cruelty, and loneliness. The daimon can also bring altruism, empathy, compassion, concern, care, consolation, and pity. It brings understanding of the beauty, compassion, and the foundation of wisdom. It is the psychobiological transformations of epigenetics, changing our responses to life experiences.

Regardless of the nature of the genes we inherit from our parents, dynamic change at this level allows us almost unlimited influence on our fate. Beyond “biology as destiny” is “self-directed biological transformation,” but under the daimon, not the ego. The disruptive and transformative reality of the individuation process manifests the uncanny otherness of the unconscious.

Alice Miller describes how many of the most successful people are plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents’ expectations and win their ”love.” Alice Miller writes, ”When I used the word ’gifted’ in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply meant all of us who have survived an abusive childhood thanks to an ability to adapt even to unspeakable cruelty by becoming numb… Without this ’gift’ offered us by nature, we would not have survived.” Beyond merely surviving we reclaim our life by discovering our own crucial needs and our own truth.

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++ Origin and Nature of Thought Adjusters

CHAOS THEORY AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COMPLEXES ~ Iona Miller

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ABSTRACT:  There is a similarity between the “strange attractors” of chaos theory and Jung’s notion of psychological complexes which may be more than metaphorical.  The complex is a meaningful feeling-toned group of representations in the unconscious.  It is a sort of manifold of symbolism all relating to the same archetype — variations on a theme, enfolded in the infrastructure of our subconscious mind.  Attractors exhibit their self-iterating capacity in the psyche by demonstrating their attractive or seductive power as phenomena, ideas, theories, moods, and behaviors.  The scientific metaphor provided by chaos theory allows us to describe the psyche in terms congruent with physical reality as presently understood in CDS (complex dynamical systems).

That people should succumb to these eternal images is entirely normal, in fact it is what these images are for.  They are meant to ATTRACT, to convince, to fascinate, and to overpower.  They are created out of the primal stuff of revelation.                                                            –C.G. Jung, COLLECTED WORKS, Vol. 9

If the charge of one (or more) of the “nodal points” becomes so powerful that it “magnetically” (acting as a nuclear cell”) ATTRACTS everything to itself and so confronts the ego with an alien entity…that has become autonomous–then we have a complex.                                                       –Jolande Jacobi, COMPLEX, ARCHETYPE, AND SYMBOL


According to classical Greek myth, only Chaos existed in the beginning.  The random element eventually produced Gaea, the deep-breasted earth, or matter.  For matter to exist, the force of attraction also had to appear (super-celestial Eros).  Uranus, the starry heavens, the evolutionary impulse, is Gaea’s first-born child.

In other words, the first descent of matter into the threshold of concrete existence came from a chaotic matrix.  Chaos, the gaping maw of open space, is a pure cosmic principle.  This cosmic trinity of chaos, matter and attraction lies at the heart of chaos theory, the field of complex dynamical systems (CDS).

Just as the ancient pantheon helped to orient the Greeks as a foundational perspective, CDS provides tools for constructing cognitive maps that really work in a practical way to give us an edge, or advantage, in our own evolution.  It gives us phenomena, models, and metaphors such as deterministic chaos, “strange attractors,” turbulence, stretching time and folding space, and nonlinear phenomena.

Several Jungian psychologists, most notably Ernest Rossi, have observed that the new science of chaos theory, with its strange attractors, is suggestive of some of Jung’s most basic assertions about the psyche.  In fact, they have noticed that the concept of “strange attractors” is archetypal in its appeal. 

In the sciences in general this concept of chaotic attractors has taken on the quality of an activated archetype in collective awareness. The attractor once again exhibits its self-iterating capacity by demonstrating its attractive or seductive power as a phenomenon, idea, and theory.  Chaotic systems display certain characteristics including complex feedback loops, self organization, holistic behavior, inherent unpredictability. Many of these qualitative descriptors apply directly to Jung’s concept of the psyche. 

It is easy to begin drawing analogies with his concept of the self, complexes, archetypes and their seemingly chaos-infusing effects on the ego and its concepts of control and orderliness. Jung came upon his theories of the psyche through first-hand empirical observation of his clients.  He shared an interest in their hopes, dreams, problems, belief systems, and myths which gave their lives meaning. 

Jung trusted his perception of psychological phenomena when outlining the characteristics of the complex dynamical system we call psyche. The complexity of the psyche reflects not only on the issue of mental health and well being.  Even more fundamentally it relates directly to issues of survival and evolution.  A complex system is more creative and flexible at solving all the problems life has to offer. 

Heinz Pagel in THE DREAMS OF REASON, (Simon & Schuster, 1988) has suggested that science has neglected the basic relationship between chaos, order, and evolution: Complex systems exhibit far more spontaneous order than we have supposed, or order evolutionary theory has ignored.  But that realization only begins to state our problem…Now the task becomes much more trying, for we must not only envision the self-ordering properties of complex systems, but also try to understand how such self-ordering interacts with, enables, guides, and constrains natural selection.  Its worth noting that this problem has never been addressed.

Psychologist Abraham Maslow described the human developmental process as a series of periodic risers beginning with basic survival issues and culminating in self-actualization.  The ability to execute one’s free will increases exponentially.  This is because energy or libido formerly wrapped up in “stuck” patterns becomes available to the ego to use as it chooses.

Despite the fact that Jung had a profound yearning to see a kind of “unified field theory” between physics and psychology, he continued to support his own observations, rather than restrictively tie them to the limited scientific metaphors of his day.  Physical science had not yet caught up with Jung’s concepts. His concept of depth psychology based on archetypes (read “attractors”) escaped the Procrustean bed of a limited physical worldview. 

The new sciences at last provide some vindication for his stance that psyche is not different from matter. In their article, “Jungian Thought and Dynamical Systems” (PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES, Spring 1989, Vol. 20, #1), May and Groder summarize the main feature of Jung’s ideas which relate to chaos theory: Jung’s descriptions of psychological phenomena are very similar to system descriptions coming from the new science of chaos…Jung described regular recurrent qualitative forms (archetypes) contained in the specifics of human interaction; he emphasized the polar interactional nature of human phenomena (anima/animus, shadow/light); and he noted the potential for patterns of events related in a way beyond the immediate cause/effect relationship (synchronicity).“Chaos” is a mathematical/ physical science of dynamical interactions that reveals regular qualitative forms and describes relatedness beyond immediate cause/effect.  One of Jung’s great contributions was his insistence on the validity of such phenomena in the face of the restricted scientific metaphor of his time.  Chaos and dynamical systems now provide “hard” science terms that fit and support Jung’s observations.

The scientific metaphor provided by chaos theory allows us to describe the psyche in terms congruent with physical reality as presently understood.  It provides a comprehensive metaphor for uniting physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realities.  This is strongly reminiscent of the Hermetic axiom, “As Above, So Below.”  It provides a bridge for unfolding “heaven on earth,” a means of manifesting and grounding spiritual energy, that is not only creative but healing.

A state-of-the-art empirical foundation is essential for any well-grounded philosophy of life and realistic self-concept.  It helps us evolve out of the body/mind or nature/spirit split instilled during the era of mechanistic science.  Great minds, like Jung, have been moving in this direction waiting for science to catch up. Consciousness may be an all-pervasive field, but awareness can be imagined more like a flashlight that can be selectively focused on different areas.  One can broaden the beam and expand awareness of self to include more and more consciousness through such experiences as psychotherapy, meditation, and a mental grasp of the physical nature of reality.

Newtonian mechanics is great for describing the movement of planets and star systems.  Quantum mechanics, with its inherent uncertainty, non-locality, and fuzziness, describes the mysteries of the sub-atomic realm.  Humans participate in both, to be sure, but rather than only macro- and micro-systems, we also need one that fits the human scale. This model needs to be compatible with human capabilities and experience.  Humans, though partaking of the macroscopic and microscopic worlds normally focus awareness in a median range. 

In this median (mesocosmic) range, it seems chaos reigns supreme. We see chaos in the various forms of turbulent movement and natural growth in nature.  We see it in the flight of birds, the seeds of a sunflower, the rapids of a river, the patterns of weather, and much more.  And, we see it in our destinies.  We even try to find some meaningful ordering principle within that chaos to call divine.

This model of purposeful, though intuitive chaos is perhaps one underlying aspect of the concept of karma.  It may not be apparent to an individual why certain types of experiences come, but there seems to be an underlying order and purpose, even though it may remain unconscious. The choices implied by the free will inherent in chaotic systems seems to switch some responsibility onto the evolving ego and away from chance fate.  An act of free will represents rational insight trained upon past experience, self interest, and potential reward.

Chaos theory gives us a visual mathematical language for charting strange attractors in dynamical systems.  They can be applied within an individual psyche or to interactive relationships.  This technology has already been applied to human behavior.  Order and chaos in the emotional realms have been studied by mathematicians and psychiatrists. Their studies [see PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, May 1989, pg. 21] produced models of a person’s chaotic and unstable behavior in comparison to their stable behavior.  Stable behavior can be imagined as being like the sky, unstable like mountains, with little pockets or “caves” of serenity within them. 

According to Jerome Sashin of Harvard Medical School, “if we can get people’s mental state to fall into one of those caves, their behavior would stabilize.”  Perhaps dreamhealing, through the chaos, is the quickest route there.  It often goes directly into a symbolic “cave.”

Even mental illness may relate to the phenomena of strange attractors in the brain or emotional field.  Some researchers believe, for example, that a number of mental disorders, such as manic-depressive illness and schizophrenia, occur when biological regulatory systems cease to operate at their normal, fixed point and change suddenly to another stable but abnormal point. In chaos theory, when an attractor disappears due to sudden catastrophic change, the system becomes structureless and experiences a term of “transient chaos” before another attractor is found.  We can experience identity crisis during major life passages.

Perhaps it is not by chance that Jung’s theory of the complexes shares a semantic and essential relationship with complex system dynamics.  Both complex and archetypes function like strange attractors, drawing numerous associations around themselves.  These psychic nexus points are instrumental in the foundation of belief systems, emotional response, and behavior. Each archetype has its parameters, but within the myth there are a jumbled myriad of possibilities that play through the personality seemingly at random, at least to the casual observer.  Yet each has its agenda and characteristic mode of appearance. 

The activation of a mytheme in a life is decoded by noticing its corresponding effects, in dreams and waking life. An individual’s personal myth or mytheme might be conceived of as an activated chaotic attractor.  In another phase of life, the focus could change to others.  Sometimes these transitions are fairly smooth, sometimes competitive, other times catastrophic, sweeping the old structure away in an uncontrollable fashion.

The ego can suffer greatly from this jerking around by the deep forces within, especially if it doesn’t have enough information about its purpose to derive meaning from the experience.  For some, the disruption may lead to a psychotic break, while for others it opens the door to new freedom and an expanded sense of self, and creativity. There are many questions which arise within the model of human development based on chaos theory. 

We can conjecture about why certain attractors or complexes form.  We really don’t know why some may become prominent and others fade into the background.  But we do know that when two or more are competing for divergent behavior and attitudes, the resulting psychic split can be painful, setting up a deep conflict which may not be easy to resolve. Free choice may be a factor, but our choices are limited by our attitudes concerning what we believe is possible for us.  The only solution is to dive to the deepest levels, seeking revolutionary transformation…a quantum leap in consciousness. 

The first step in understanding how these attractors affect us has to do with our personal complexes, our distorted experiences of raw archetypal power.

CHAOS AND COMPLEX

There are certain obvious parallels between strange attractors and the psychological phenomena of complexes.  The complex is a feeling-toned group of representations in the unconscious.  It is sort-of a manifold of symbolism all relating to the same archetype — variations on a theme, enfolded in the infrastructure of our subconscious mind. Complexes may be “hardwired” into our psychic system.  We never exist without them and their varying degrees of influence. Complexes consist not only of meaning but also of value, and this depends on the intensity of the accompanying feeling tones, according to Jung.  All of them may show somatic as well as psychic symptoms, and combinations of the two. 

An unconscious complex acts like a second ego in conflict with the conscious ego, an alter ego. This conflict places the individual between two truths, two conflicting streams of will, threatening to tear them in two.  A complex can engulf or overpower the ego through partial or total identification between the ego and the complex. A complex may be projected in the form of spirits, sounds, animals, figures, etc.  A deeply unconscious conflict might appear as a UFO sighting or even abduction, or some other psychic phenomenon.  It is an initiatory call to Mystery. The ego can take four different attitudes toward the complex:

1. total unconsciousness of its existence
2. identification
3. projection
4. confrontation

But only confrontation, or conscious empathic identification, can help the ego come to grips with the complex and lead to its resolution.  Switching back and forth between ego and complex diffuses polarization. For Jung, the complexes were “focal or nodal points of psychic life, which must not be absent, because if they were, psychic activity would come to a standstill.”  They constitute those “neuralgic points” in the psychic structure, to which undigested, inacceptable elements, elements of conflict, will cling.

Carrying our complexes is usually painful, embarrassing, and a burden.  But just because they are painful does not prove that they are pathological disturbances.  We always pathologize, but to what extent, and how do we act on that?  All human beings have complexes.  They constitute the structure of the unconscious part of the psyche and are its normal manifestations.  From the behavioral perspective, personality traits are strange attractors.

Jung asserts that, “Complexes obviously represent a kind of inferiority in the broadest sense–a statement I must at once qualify by saying that to have complexes does not necessarily indicate inferiority.  It only means that something incompatible, unassimilated, and conflicting exists–perhaps as an obstacle, but also as a stimulus to greater effort, and so perhaps, as an opening to new possibilities of achievement.” 

Jung also held that certain complexes stem entirely from an actual situation, above all those which appear in the spiritual crises of middle life. Some complexes have never been in consciousness before.  They grow out of the unconscious and invade the conscious mind with their weird and unassailable convictions and impulses.  They interfere with the ego complex and functionality. Jung also believed that certain complexes arise on account of painful or distressing experiences in a person’s life.  When we experience trauma, we may “get a complex” about something.

These unconscious complexes are of a personal nature.  They are one source of [post traumatic] subliminal stress. But there are also others, autonomous subpersonalities, that come from a source having nothing to do with our daily life.  They have to do with the deepest irrational contents of the psyche–that which has never been conscious before.  Jung termed them shadow, anima/animus, and self.

Unlike the contents of the personal unconscious which seem to “belong” to us, the contents of the collective unconscious seem alien (Not-I), as if they had invaded from outside.  The reintegration of a personal complex has the effect of release and often of healing (mental and physical). 

But the invasion of a complex from the deep collective psyche is a disturbing, even threatening, phenomenon. The parallel with the primitive belief in souls and spirits is obvious.  This is where those energies and images come from.  Souls correspond to the autonomous complexes of the personal unconscious.  Spirits are those of the collective unconscious. In psychotherapy, only a certain number of complexes, varying with the individual, can be made conscious.  No one can ever fathom the entire contents of the psyche or self.  To attempt to do so would be superheroic, an ego error.  It is grandiose to consider. 

The remaining complexes continue to exist as “nodal points” as “nuclear elements,” which belong to the eternal matrix of every human psyche.  They remain potential and do not unfold into the objective world. Although psychic energy operates continuously, it is “quantum-like” in nature.  The quanta in our comparison are the complexes, innumerable little nodal points in an invisible network. 

According to Jung and Jacobi, In them, as distinguished from the “empty” spaces, the energy charge of the unconscious collective psyche is concentrated, acting in a manner of speaking, AS THE CENTER OF A MAGNETIC FIELD.  If the charge of one (or more) of these “nodal points” becomes so powerful that it “magnetically” (acting as a “nuclear cell”) ATTRACTS EVERYTHING TO ITSELF and so confronts the ego with an alien entity, a “splinter psyche” that has become autonomous–then we have a complex. [Emphasis added by editor].

If that entity expresses through mythical or universal transpersonal imagery, it has originated in the collective unconscious.  If it is contaminated with individual, personalistic material, if it appears as a personalized conflict, then it has emerged from the personal unconscious. In summary complexes have:  1). two kinds of roots – infantile trauma or actual events and conflicts.  2). two kinds of nature – pathological or healthy.  3). two kinds of expression – bipolar, positive and negative.

Complexes, as strange attractors of undefined psychic energy, actually are the generic forms and dynamic structure of the psyche.  The complexes themselves are essential, healthy components of the psyche, unless they have been twisted by fate. What comes from the collective unconscious may be intense, but it is never “pathological.”  All our sickness comes from disturbances in the personal unconscious.  This is where pure complexes are colored by our individual conflicts.

When the complex is cleared of the emotional baggage of the personalistic expression, its true, pure, archetypal center shines through.  The personal was superimposed over the transpersonal, but that can be changed with therapy, by raising it into conscious awareness.  Then the nucleus or archetypal core shows through. When the conflict seems unresolvable for consciousness, when its desires are continually thwarted, we often find that it is the contents of the collective psyche that are intractable.  If a complex remains only a greater or lesser strange attractor in the deep psyche, if it doesn’t swell up with too much personal baggage, then it usually stays positive.  It functions as the energy-giving cell from which all psychic life flows.  But if it is overcharged it can turn negative, in the form of neurosis or psychosis.

Erich Neumann commented in THE ORIGINS AND HISTORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS: We can see in pathological cases, in fixed or compulsive ideas, manias, and states of possession, and again in every creative process where “the work” absorbs and drains dry all extraneous contents, how an unconscious content attracts all others to itself, consumes them, subordinates and co-ordinates them, and forms with them a system of relationships dominated by itself. When the conscious mind cannot cope with these contents, the result is fragmentation, disorganization, disintegration — chaos. 

The role of the complex is determined by its interaction with the conscious mind, what states it creates.  Without understanding, it de-stablizes the personality. But in so doing, it opens the possibility of re-stabilizing at another level.  It takes understanding, assimilation, and integration of the complex to appease its destructive energy.  Otherwise the conscious mind falls victim to a regression and is engulfed by the deep psyche.  Back to square one of the hero quest — dragon-slaying. The danger, anxiety, and stress produced during a confrontation with complexes of the transpersonal psyche can create a personal catastrophe. 

Catastrophic chaos usually leads to what is called a bifurcation or splitting of the energy in two different directions.  The experience may be shattering.  But sometimes regression serves the process of evolution and leads to creative transformation and renewal of the self.  Therefore, the potential benefit makes the risks worthwhile.  It may lead to artistic creativity and expression.

References: 

PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES, Vol. 20, Number 1, Spring-Summer 1989. 
COMPLEX, ARCHETYPE, AND SYMBOL, Jolande Jacobi, Princeton University Press, 1959. 
THE ORIGINS & HISTORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS, Erich Neuman, Princeton University Press, 1954.

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CHAOSOPHY An Imaginal Perspective on the Nature of Reality, Consciousness, Experience, and Perception ~~ Iona Miller

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by Iona Miller, ©1993

ABSTRACT:  Our notions about ourselves and the nature of the world (worldview) around us are filtered through our prejudices about “the way things work”.  We never apprehend reality directly–only our world-simulation which is congealed from the convergence of our sensory input channels and the information-creating processes of chaotic neural activity.  The brain filters and creates reality. Brains are chaotic systems which create internal perceptual patterns that substitute directly for sensory stimuli.  These stimuli are evoked potentials or evoked fields–standing waves in the brain. 

Imagination has the ability to induce real-time changes in the psychophysical being. Imagination embodies the power of transformation. It may be accessed through obvious imagery, such as dreams, vision, and other sensory analogs, or viewed directly in symptoms, behavior patterns, emotional patterns, mental concepts, and spiritual beliefs. The imaginal process is our primary experience and it permeates and conditions all facets of human life.  During experiential psychotherapy, the sensory-motor cortex system is influenced through imagination.  Psyche affects substance at the most fundamental level, through chaotic neural activity.

Imagination is not a talent of some men, but is the health of every man. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

In answer to the introductory question of what is consciousness, it is this flickering process that combines corollary discharge with the messages on all the sensory lines.  These sensory lines at once carry fresh input and are shaped by previous experience.  Like them, consciousness bears the imprint of both the recent past and the expectation of future action, real or imagined, that will shortly involve the most intimate reaches of the brain and body.  –Walter J. Freeman, MACHINERY OF THE MIND 

“Chaosophy” is a natural philosophy emerging from the implications of research in complex dynamic systems.  It is a radical re-visioning of our notions about the way things work in the universe.  Our notions about the nature of our existence are conditioned by our understanding or comprehension of state-of-the-art scientific awareness as well as cultural and spiritual experience. Chaos is being investigated in many different phenomena, and is a major influence in developing a new paradigm. 

Some of the most promising results are coming from consciousness studies and experiential psychotherapy.  There are many psychological and philosophical implications to chaos theory which reflect on our apprehension of the nature of our existence.  It is helping us create an integrated view of psyche, soul, and nature. Chaos theory reflects on the age old questions of determinism, stability and change, creativity, free will, and the underlying nature of spacetime.  It is well established now that most movements in nature, ranging from the orbits of planets to behavioral adjustments in life, are essentially chaotic.

Since the Enlightenment, the western mind has had trouble comprehending the nature of reality.  We adopted a cause and effect, mechanistic notion of reality (the clockwork universe) which fit well with our level of observation.  Therefore, it felt intuitively correct.  But now we can observe the infinitely small and cosmic levels of dynamics, and find a counter-intuitive challenge to our causal philosophy, in quantum mechanics and chaos theory. Einstein taught us that “all is relative” to the point of view or orientation of the observer.  Relativity eliminated the Newtonian illusion of absolute space and time. 

Quantum mechanics introduced the uncertainty principle, mandating participation rather than observation.  And chaos theory means dynamic processes are deterministic though unpredictable.  This pretty much undermines the old scientific perspective of cause-and-effect predictability, repeatability, and objectivity. Yet, our biology still seems to condition our philosophy. 

Neurologist Walter Freeman has suggested that, “the physiological basis for our human conception of cause and effect lies in the mechanism of reafference; namely, that each intended action is accompanied by a motor command (“cause”) and expected consequence (“effect”) so that the notion of causality lies at the most fundamental level of our capacity for acting and knowing.  This trait results in the replacement of sensory stimuli by self-organized activity patterns that are contingent on past experience, present motivational state, and expectancy of future action.”

But he goes on to say that, “the intuition of causality is essential for human understanding and action but it cannot validly be applied to the process by which intuition emerges.”  Intuition is an informational source which is non-linear and therefore can create quantum leaps in consciousness.  Reality seems to depend on how you look at it. Embracing the true nature of reality, embracing the darkness and chaos leads to new intuitive perceptions which accord with an expanded perspective–new images. 

The healing capacity of images is well known.  When we become that chaos, our old notions and forms are de-structured. Intuition makes a quantum leap, and what seemed counter-intuitive now seems to “make sense,” viscerally, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.  Through imagination, we can “see through” to a deeper level of reality.  It all depends on how one looks at it.

VIRTUAL REALITY CHECK

Mystics have always spoken of the illusory nature of consensus reality–ordinary consciousness–and so does quantum physics.  Mind and matter are not separate, not two separate worlds.  Matter embodies imagination; it mandates participation, not objective observation. We are learning to “see through” the three great illusions of time, space, and the separate ego.  There is no objective point of observation in the universe.  Solid physical existence is a complex illusion.  All is mind-stuff, an intangible, mythically or archetypally structured, virtual reality.

Charles Tart, the “altered states” expert, notes that “we already live in a variety of internally generated virtual realities…We live ‘inside’ a world simulation machine.  We almost always forget that our ‘perception’ is a simulation, not reality itself…” 

We clearly experience the outer world indirectly through electrochemical changes in various receptor organs, which process raw neurological information.  But consciousness is more than those electrochemical processes in the nervous system. Identified with our ego (self simulation) it is no more than that.  But there is a deeper current of microstates which conditions our perception of reality.  Transpersonal experience creates a new interpretation, or perspective on reality.  We live in a chaotic universe to which we are seamlessly wed. 

We are a chaotic system ourselves, and chaotic systems exhibit holistic behavior.  Holism sees the world in all its diversity as connected.  It’s not only a case of “we are the world”; we are one with the whole universe of phenomena and being in the deepest sense.  The unifying force is consciousness. Our decisions about what is “real” in the world and ourselves is influenced by the virtual reality created by our world simulation process, according to Tart (1990). 

We can experience a sense of an internal psychological self beyond our bodily components–primal self image–and alterations in this image affect us in the real world.  When the image changes creatively, so do behaviors, feelings, conceptualizations, and beliefs.  Our self-simulation is a dynamic image which unfolds through a myriad of forms and patterns, microstates woven into a unified perception of consciousness. Like fractal patterns emerging on the computer screen, no process-oriented therapist can fail to notice the aesthetic beauty of the unfolding process of the creative imagination. 

Experiential psychotherapy facilitates the participating, rather than observing self.  Therapy is an art, and as such, it yields esthetic and physical pleasure as by-products.  When the therapist joins with the participant, rather than remaining “objective observer”, a co-creative shared reality emerges. This shared reality is more than mutual hypnosis, or shared subjectivity.  It is a virtual world that is essentially an artistic, expressive form–a “living form.”  Art embodies imagination. 

A work of art is an expressive form created for our perception through sense or imagination, and it expresses human feeling.  A work of art expresses a conception of life, emotion, inward reality–the logic of consciousness itself. Process work is experience set-off from the general flow of life experience.  It is AN EXPERIENCE which stands out and presents itself as having some kind of unity.  These states can occur spontaneously, but are facilitated through therapy.  Other examples are sudden illumination, esthetic appreciation, opening to nature, simple recognition to dramatic realization, awe. 

An experience always has aesthetic appeal.  They are self-consciously recognized as being our own personal experiences where we are reflectively aware of our awareness. Not all awareness is heightened awareness.  To know is one thing and to be is another.  This is the gulf which experiential therapy bridges.  Inviting someone deeper into their process–inviting them to become the image–means a temporary disidentification from personality and ego. “Me-experiencing-this” is superseded by the sense that “I AM” an incredibly wide variety of consciousness states in dynamic flux.  Alienation and duality of self are suspended in favor of complex connectedness. 

The creative state is conducive to the evolution of novel relations and new meaning.  This is expressed as a response of delight, distress, or surprise. Immersion in this fluid flux of consciousness is virtual experience–imaginal, yes, but nonetheless real.  It is poetic, metaphorical, epistemological.  These images are the basis of “how we know what we know.”  They define us, and whatever they are, we are essentially that.  Becoming them, we consciously realize experientially, “I AM THAT.”  The image “matters” as it is embodied. When we have a therapeutic experience, it involves a degree of realization of “what it is like” to apprehend this given, to undergo this happening.  It may not be actual experience, but it is influential experience. 

Creativity is an excited-exalted state of arousal with a characteristic increase in both information content and the rate of information processing.  Imagination is embodied, objectified, expressed in the therapeutic process.  It is knowing by living through, distinctionally different from knowing about.  It carries a sense of immediacy–it always is happening in the “now.” Knowledge about natural phenomena, the way nature and ourselves work, can help us attune to deeper resources. 

Natural science deals with man as one phenomena among others in a natural world.  We now see the influence and beauty of chaotic dynamics as it unfolds in the natural world and our own physiology and psychology.  Embracing that, following nature’s lead, we learn to cooperate with our own transformative process–through chaotic dynamics–through the mystification of science. The therapeutic art is designed to elicit a full response: sensuous, intellectual, and emotional, not separated but interfused.  It has an air of intimacy, of immediacy. 

The fullness of presentation matches the fullness of response–yielding a sense of lived experience–personal experience.  Like art, experiential therapy is inherently humanistic–concerned with human feelings and values.  It helps us embody those values, and the nature of beauty. Beauty is an emotional value which affects our volitional and appreciative nature.  It is not inherent in any thing, but is our own pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing or event.  It is neither intrinsic nor objectified.  It is the first-hand experience of a state of consciousness.  It may not be in the eye only, but beauty is in the beholder.  Yet the beholder doesn’t stand on the outside looking in, but becomes the object of contemplation. 

When the focus of contemplation is the self, a complex feedback loop manifests of self contemplating self manifesting self, contemplating self. Beauty as a state of consciousness is described in the Qabala and Hermetic Philosophy as the sphere Tiphareth, on the Tree of Life.  In psychological terms it implies transcendence of the realm of personality and intimate knowledge of the transpersonal self.  It corresponds with healing, creativity, genius, and bliss states or unitive experiences. The direct path to this sphere on the Tree of Life is called “ART”, and concerns itself with the paradoxical melding of the opposites.  Art had its origin in magic.  It is the path of transcendence from personality to Self, through the Middle Way.  Art is the explication of the transformative process. 

Through art, common experience is transformed to archetypal, timeless experience.  Art is nature transformed.  Art shapes our perception of things outside ourselves, and embodies the workings of inner life. Archetype, ritual, myth, and dream are other manifestations of this same parataxic mode, as is expressive therapy.  It is characterized by the production of images who meaning is not clear or categorical (Gowan, 1975). 

In parataxic mode, symbols or images are used in a private or idiosyncratic manner.  Through art, they can be shared with others, expressing feeling and transmitting understanding. In contrast, in the creative mode (Tiphareth) meaning is more or less fully cognized symbolically, with ego present. In complex dynamics, the opposites to be wed are order and chaos.  Order is “in-formation,” the form within.  Interesting transforms happen at the threshold of chaos.  In therapeutic terms, this chaotic consciousness is where ego death is consummated and new order subsequently emerges.

The dynamic union of chaos and order is symbolic of our human process of transformation:  old outworn forms break down (ego death), and that chaos is fertile ground for creative rebirth, rejuvenation.  This Royal Wedding means nothing less than finding the lost soul–the alienated part of oneself which we normally call “Not-I.”

THE HOMUNCULUS

In the ancient art of alchemy (another analog of the transformation process), the soul is depicted as a homunculus, or “small man.”  It was symbolically equivalent to the Philosopher’s Stone, and the Elixer or Universal Medicine.  This homunculus personified the unconscious as an Inner Man, a hermaphroditic being, a spirit in the bottle, a “brain child.” Zosimos and Paracelsus spoke of the homunculus as devouring himself, rending himself with his own teeth, like the Urobouros serpent which bites its tail and gives birth to itself. 

Both homunculus and uroborous are symbols of paradox.  What an image of the dynamics of chaos and order, as it appears in experiential psychotherapy.  The image typically appears before dissolution of the center into its unconscious element–the undifferentiated consciousness of the ground state. The liquid form of the philosopher’s stone is the called the “universal solvent,” and chaos is certainly that.  As such, it reflects the self–the prima materia, the massa confusa of the original chaotic state. 

Consciousness occurs in a continuum accompanying the flow of matter and energy in and through brains.  Our apprehension of all of our experience is conditioned by our input channels, the sensory and extrasensory (or metaphorical) systems.  Intuition is one such meta-sensory channel. Walter Freeman believes that perception begins with an internally generated neural process that prepares the organism to seek future stimuli in the outside world.

Between the experience and the input that triggers the experience, something is “added” to conscious experience by the transformational processes that lead from sense organ to brain.  Invariant stimulus from the environment (physical space) arrives as information in sensory space and finally proceeds to cerebral space as meaningful input.  Experience is synchronized cerebral, sensory, and physical (survival) space-times.

Meaning is a function of the level of arousal at which it is experienced.  The symbolic interpretation of one’s own central nervous system activity, the integration of information to systemic meaning depends on the level of arousal. Higher levels of arousal, and thus more complete withdrawl from physical space-time into cerebral space-time, narrow the field of attention and deepen the experience of meaning (Fischer, 1969). 

Meaning results from integration of information within the systemic context of a self-referential, self-organizing system. The brain interprets this input, along with its own creative addition of (virtual) information, and creates a simulation of perceived reality.  It is a convergence of the body sense of muscles and joints, the viscera, and the outward-looking senses. Nerve signals from all over the body are sent to the thalamus, which has sections made up of neurons assigned to each body area.  These signals are passed on to the neurons in the somatosensory cortex which contains the brain’s own map of the body.  Our experience and expectations are geared to our perceptions, which have a wide range of subjective interpretation.

Consciousness is intimately linked with the sensory-motor cortex (parietal lobe).  The sensory cortex is typically “mapped” onto the brain as a small, distorted human figure called the “homunculus.”  Though they are analogous, the homunculus of alchemy (the soul) is not equivalent to the homunculus in the brain. Rather than the elusive “seat of the soul,” the sensory homunculus is part of the “hardwired brain,” a skin-map in the cortex.  Yet it is implicated in the somatic part of spiritual experience. 

Each part of the sensory system is assigned a particular region in proportion to other parts.  Both sensory and motor cortices have about the same layout of corresponding points.  The body is reflected in the cortex. [insert homunculus/brain diagram here] A specific sensory to motor ratio is the reflection of the subjective and objective facets of our nature.  With eyes closed we can experience the universe inside ourselves in sensory imagination, that is, subjectively.  With eyes open we can change “what there is” outside ourselves through voluntary motor performance, that is, objectively. These experiential and experimental facets are implicit in the nature of self-referential, self-organizing systems. 

Self-reference implies that the universe exists subjectively, that is, in reference to the self; self-organization, or goal seeking, refers to the ability to rearrange the outside universe (Fischer, 1967). There is the complementary notion in the medieval consciousness science of alchemy.  In alchemy, the homunculus is sort of the primal test-tube baby to be created through a dynamic process in the Hermetically-sealed retort vessel. 

Paracelsus alleged that the entity could be created from semen that is gently heated in the vessel for 40 days, then “magnetized.”  It feeds daily on the hidden mysteries of nature.  Some of the ancient philosophers were said to have been begotten by this process. Jungian psychology reads this process as the creation of a renewal of spirit which takes place in the psyche when psychic contents are prevented from “leaking out” and being lost.  “Heating” is symbolic of amplifying or intensifying the transformative process. 

In terms of chaos theory, “magnetizing” the entity might insinuate the formation of a strange attractor as the complex core of the system.  An attractor describes a temporary stability far from equilibrium.  We can conceive of it as a polarization of gray matter. The homunculus is the archetype of the magical child.  It is thus an embryonic symbol of rebirth, or re-creation of self by Self.  In alchemy, the homunculus is generated by a succession of transformations through the four elements to reach its essential nature.  The elements may be corresponded with the four arenas of human life: physical-earth; emotional-water; mental-air; spiritual-fire. T

he homunculus mapped on the sensory cortex gives us access to this transformational system through the imagination. This phenomenon has been dealt with in yoga as kundalini, the serpent power.  When it is activated there is a stimulus spreading along the sensory cortex of both hemispheres of the brain.  Stimulus may be induced electrically, mechanically, or imaginally.  When induced through imagination, the experience is virtual in nature, yet just as “real,” in terms of psychophysical results. A (real or imagined) stimulus moves along the cortex, setting up  acoustical standing waves in the cerebral ventricles (Bentov, 1977).

Vibrations that arise in the ventricles are conducted to the gray matter of the cortex which lines the fissure between the two hemispheres.  These vibrations stimulate and eventually “polarize” the cortex in such a way that it tends to conduct a signal along the homunculus, usually beginning from the toes upward.  This creates a stimulus-loop, unlike the normal input-output of normal signal processing.  When nerve cells interact, there is the seed of a bodily action within each pattern that arises through chaotic dynamics. Self-stimulation of the pleasure centers of the brain may be created by circulating a current along the sensory cortex. 

When body motion is involved, there is cross-talk onto the similarly-mapped motor cortex.  Standing waves can be induced mechanically through resonance by pulsating a magnetic field around the head at frequencies of 4-7 Hz (Theta), or through the auditory channel by eliciting frequency following response. Areas of stress in the body may produce symptomatic responses when stimulated through the homunculus.  It usually appears as localized pain.  Severity is proportional to the degree of stress encountered.  Participants in process work report paradoxical sensations of hot-cold, and pleasure-pain.

Pain and temperature are intimately related, and initiate experiences of suffering and comfort, chills and thrills.  “Heat and cold” are the archetypal guardians residing in the brain stem.  These signals are processed in the amygdala of the limbic forebrain (frontolimbic system). Pleasure and pain are mediated by the ergotrophic (sympathetic nervous system) and trophotrophic (parasympathetic) systems of arousal, and their neurotransmitters, noradrenelin and serotonin.  At their extremes, they paradoxically convert into their opposite.  Arousal and involvement with the outer world (action) is mediated by the ergotrophic system; tranquility and the inner world (contemplation, relaxation)) by the trophotropic system.

Sympathetic nervous system activity involves goal-orientation, increased tone of striated muscles, cortical desynchronization, excitement of smooth muscles of the eye, heart, and vascular system, goose-flesh, inhibition of gastrointestinal activity, increase in adrenomedullary secretions, and rise in blood sugar. Parasympathetic activity is characterized as satiety, decreased respiration, cortical synchonization (alpha, theta), inhibitory effects on smooth muscles of eye, heart, and vascular system, muscular relaxation, increased visceral activity, and fall in blood sugar.

Hyperarousal can be symbolized as a Plenum; hypoarousal as a Void.  When the sensory cortex is overwhelmed, it paradoxically switches to void-consciousness.  Paradoxes provide the dynamic for transcendental experiences and the attainment of creative consciousness.  The shift takes place as we move from a sense of “I” or ego toward the transpersonal self, or no-boundaries condition.

Pain and anxiety arise from an inability to verify the state of arousal through cortical interpretive models or voluntary motor activity.  But in the bliss state, there is no separate “I” left to become anxious, feel pain, or “freak out.”  It is characterized by oneness with everything. The paradox of the ergotrophic and trophotropic systems is that they not only represent the guardians or obstacles of spiritual paths, but they are also the paths themselves.  Increased trophotrophic arousal represents a perception-meditation continuum which culminates in samadhi, while increasing ergotropic arousal represents a perception-hallucination continuum which culminates in ecstasy (Fischer, 1971).

Jung described a “full void” he called the pleroma as a source of Everything–a sense of vastness, of emptiness that is nevertheless ordering.  In complex dynamics, ordering does not come from a single “somewhere” but from everywhere and nowhere–from the void that is full. The sensory/motor ratio may be increased either by enhancing the sensory component (overloading the nervous system with drumming, dancing, sweating, music, mental or physical stress), or by inhibiting the motor component.

The paradoxical shift happens because of sensory input overload coupled with motor activity impairment. In this meditative-like state, the brain produces endorphins and enkephalins which block pain perception and create feelings of well-being.  The electronic signal is converted into a chemical messenger, forming the material basis of emotions (Pert, 1988).

NEUROPEPTIDES

Neuropeptides and their receptors are the key to understanding how mind and body are interconnected and how emotions can be manifested throughout the body.  It makes more sense to speak of an integrated entity, since this information network is based in chaotic dynamics, and chaotic systems are holistic. An interesting feature of peptides is that they grow directly off the DNA which stores the information to make our brains and bodies. 

The brain’s cells create neuropeptides.  About 60 neuropeptides have been identified so far.  There are receptor sites for them in the body as well as the brain.  They are intimately linked with the function of the immune system and the biochemistry of emotions.  They float within the body, attaching to receptors which sort out the information exchange in the body. Receptors are concentrated within the limbic system of the brain which mediates emotion, and other nodal points like the back horn of the spinal cord, (brain stem).  This is the first synapse in the brain where touch-sensory information is processed. 

All senses enter the brain through a nodal point for neuropeptide receptors.  Most signals enter through the old brain, or “reptilian” brain, the serpent which lies sleeping within.  Chemically speaking, neuropeptides mediate our drives, bringing us to a state of consciousness and to alterations in those states (mood state).  They integrate brain and body. The agents of the immune system (monocytes) are mobile cells which have receptors for every neuropeptide. Receptor sites also create neuropeptides.  Immune cells make the same chemicals which control mood in the brain.   Emotion-affecting biochemicals control the routing and migration of monocytes.  The immune system distinguishes between self and non-self, preserving the integrity of the organism.

Neuropeptides are signaling molecules.  They signal receptors.  Biochemist Candace Pert, who discovered endorphins, postulates that “receptors have both a wave-like and a particulate character, and it is important to note that INFORMATION CAN BE STORED IN THE FORM OF TIME SPENT IN DIFFERENT STATES.” The molecular substance of all receptors of all species is the same, down to the simplest of animals, demonstrating the simplicity and unity of life.  So, there are 60 or so signal molecules for enlivening emotions or flowing energy.  Pert notes: “The identical molecular components for information flow are conserved throughout evolution.”

Mind is information flow with a physical substrate.  The brain, glands, and immune system are joined in a bi-directional network of communication where the information carriers are neuropeptides.  Mind holds the network of bodily parts together. Pert maintains that, “it is possible now to conceive of mind and consciousness as an emanation of emotional information processing, and as such, mind and consciousness would appear to be independent of brain and body.”Walter Freeman says, “a conscious “willed” action begins as a self-organized pattern of neural activity in the limbic system.”

FREE WILL AND GOAL-SEEKING BEHAVIOR

Just prior to his death in 1961, Jung was asked about his idea of God during an interview.  Jung’s reply accents the chaotic elements of life.  His answer was that, “To this day God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my willful path violently and recklessly, all things which upset my subjective views, plans and intentions and change the course of my life for better or worse.” We find this sentiment echoed in alchemy, where the transformation of God is also the secret and essential meaning of alchemy. 

The prima materia to be transformed into the Philosopher’s Stone via the alchemical process is sometimes identified explicitly with God.  Both seem to be saying that God manifests in our lives through chaotic intervention that is much like a fluctuation, state change, or bifurcation. As we participate in the recycling of consciousness, we become identified with God and the I-Thou (subject-object) dichotomy is transcended.  This transcendental notion is reflected in physics:  the observer is the observed.  We identify “God” or evolutionary dynamics as the prime agent of chaos–chaotic dynamics in action. 

This is a naturalistic or pantheistic philosophy wherein God is identical with the holomovement (Bohm) of the universe.  Consciousness is a more subtle form of matter. In physics, the Uncertainty Principle speaks of the fundamental nature of indeterminacy.  Chaos theory reveals the determinacy within the most apparently random influences.  Therefore, the naturalist point-of-view or natural philosophy must imply “indeterminate-determinacy” or “determinate-indeterminacy.” 

This paradox appears convoluted enough to reflect the nature of reality–a chaotic world of probabilities.  It is deterministic in principle, yet virtually random in practice. This paradox once again raises the question of the plenum/void.  In quantum mechanics the vacuum state contains no real matter or light, yet has in it (through the uncertainty principle) all possible matter and light in the form of so-called ‘virtual particles’ or ‘zero-point’ fluctuations. 

The state of pure consciousness is also said to contain all possibilities, to be a state of pure potentiality in the sense that it is empty but lively (Gowan, 1980). We encounter phenomena analogous to “indeterminate-determinacy” in consciousness journeys.  We cannot predict just how the imagery will unfold, but it does conform to certain archetypal patterns and forms. These patterns appear to be self-organizing, self-generating, and self-iterating.  They are chronic, having a tendency to recur over time, as one form of iteration. Experientially, we can move through the dialogical experiences (I-Thou) of the symbolic or archetypal layers of the psyche into the clear light of the void which is All and No-Thing (Unitive). 

This is the ground state of consciousness.  Only from this unstructured state can we “formulate” and express our True Will, in alignment with the whole, rather than personality’s desires. For centuries philosophers have conjectured over the amount of “play” in the web-work of fate, and to what degree we control our own destinies.

Jung commented on the limitations of normal human will–the will of the ego–and its limitations in “On the Nature of the Psyche”: The will cannot transgress the bounds of the psychic sphere: it cannot coerce the instinct, nor has it power over the spirit, in so far as we understand by this something more than the intellect.  Spirit and instinct are by nature autonomous and both limit in equal measure the applied field of the will. This autonomy of the deeper self is why we are limited in our self-mastery, and creates the impotence we feel when faced with “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.” 

There are many things in life we can’t control despite our best efforts.  There are many things we wouldn’t want to control if we could. The independent will of the deep self appears as “God’s Will.”  From the transcendent perspective personal free will is a moot point, since it is subject to being “overwritten,” through chaotic intervention.  It is not exclusively an inner or outer reality, though it has aspects of both.  Immersion in the imaginal drama of the psyche changes us in fundamental ways. 

Chaotic intrusions from the outer world can also be meaningful in our spiritual life. To Jung, will was simply freely available psychic energy, which could be directed by an intervention of consciousness–a decision to apply that energy in a specific way for a purpose–intent.  Its availability is determined by one’s freedom from distorted or deformed patterns. Neurotic or pathological patterns keep the energy tied up, stuck, unavailable.  When the energy is freed up it becomes available.  If will means freedom of choice, then the question becomes “to what life purpose do we direct our will?”  Does the ego learn to subordinate itself to the totality of self?  Is ego free of identification with the power instinct?

Freedom of will remains a mystery.  ‘Will’ implies intention and power to implement that intention.  This determines our values and choices.  Ego’s perspective is too circumscribed and linear to make informed decisions.  Becoming permeable, opening to the complex, non-linear input of intuition and spirituality may help.  We are often forced from our course through lack of self understanding as well as external opposition.

Will is a dynamism which implies degrees of freedom within the constraints of “indeterminate – determinacy.”  It operates along a continuum which includes instinct, impulse, ambition, drive and compulsion.  It is a form of energy that can overcome other forms of energy, such as feeling or sensation. A will turned toward self-understanding develops psychological faith in the reality of imaginal experience through self-reflection. 

Psychological faith is reflected as the love of images, and confirms the reality of the soul as image-making power. The inner world is just as “real” as the outer, although different.  This acknowledgement translates into an alignment with one’s wholeness, beyond simplistic wishes and personalistic desires.  They are real in different ways that can be recognized and experienced.  One world is visible, the other invisible or virtual or implicate (enfolded).  But the two apparent worlds are one.  Matter is not different than consciousness–but consciousness is not limited to matter. The rational mind cooperates with the soul, once it is convinced there is something beyond itself.  At this stage, will or change comes through an imaginal or meditative process. 

The alchemists had an operation for the incubation of images known as the meditatio–a sort of brooding on imagery–a way of being in imagination. In terms of human biology, Walter Freeman suggests that neural activity patterns emerging by chaotic dynamics express a drive toward a goal in the form of commands to the motor and sensory systems.  Sensory consequences are fed back into the limbic system through the entorhinal cortex. Sensory input converging onto the entorhinal area is channelled into the hippocampus, then returned to the entorhinal and motor cortices and finally passed on to the motor system–action. 

Emergent properties within the entorhinal area condition behavior.  There is spontaneous, self-organized, dynamic production of goal-oriented behavior. Freeman boldly asserts (1990) that, “Philosophical and psychological considerations suggest that the cyclical process of emergent goal-seeking, reafference, and sensory feedback constitute the basis for what we perceive as subjective consciousness.” 

This process leads to perception, concept formation, a “cognitive map.” Consciousness is an intrinsic emergent property.  Through the chaotic process of emergence, order appears “spontaneously” (or instantaneously) within a system.  A willed action begins as a self-organized pattern of neural activity in the limbic system, initiating a motor command to the sympathetic system and a corollarly discharge within the somatosensory system (parasympathetic). Complex feedback (confirmation of change) from these systems constitutes integration. 

This process contains the essence of our relationship to our world.  Yet, this process cannot be said to “create” nor contain consciousness.  Consciousness emerges from chaos.  Their essence is one. Creation is instantaneous.  The flow of energy washes life and consciousness into the world. 

Chaos reflects the wildness and irregularity in nature, and in ourselves. Virtually random element endow chaotic systems with the freedom to explore vast ranges of consciousness and behavior patterns within the creative flow. In process work, adherence to the principles of chaosophy means that we don’t try to create with the will.  There is no need to do so.  We simply notice and follow what is naturally happening, following nature’s lead.  Chaos is nature’s guide, the matrix of formation of imagery, consciousness, and matter.

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THE VARIETIES OF VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE: VIRTUAL REALITIES BEYOND THE DIALOGICAL SELF ~~ Iona Miller

infinity and beyond

 

ABSTRACT: The basis of the human psyche seems to be a collective of selves–a multimind in a multiverse.  Independent and autonomous, they relate with one another mostly unknown to the outer awareness. The extreme form of splintering seen in Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) simply reflects an extreme form of multiplicity with conflicting perspectives. The “multistate paradigm” of human nature extends toward a psychology and spirituality that is polytheistic, even pantheistic.

Dialogue is a form of imagery which creates and sustains a worldview through the means of imaginal conversations.  Within the fabric of multiple centers or vortices within the psyche, an on-going dialogue emerges which ranges from selftalk (ego to ego), through “group” discussion (ego with subpersonalities), to spiritual dialogue (ego with transpersonal entities). Beyond the dialogical realm lies the unspeakable experience (untranslatable) of the Void or Clear Light, the realm of archetypal light and sound as pure consciousness.

The “Word” helps us create and define reality. Conversation as well as observation defines our reality. Dialogue of the self with its various conscious and unconscious forms creates a series of “virtual realities” which form the basis of self-simulation and world-simulation. These forms are limitless in number, far beyond the classic archetypes such as persona, anima/animus, etc, suggesting the notion of “radical pluralism.”

One of the most harmful illusions that can beguile us is probably the belief that we are an indivisible, immutable, totally consistent being….Each of us is a crowd.  There can be the rebel and the intellectual, the seducer and the housewife, the saboteur and the aesthete, the organizer and the bon vivant–each with its own mythology, and all more or less comfortably crowded into one single person.” –Piero Ferrucci, WHAT WE MAY BE

“We conceptualize self in terms of dynamic multiplicity of relatively autonomous I positions in an imaginal landscape.  The I has the possibility to move, as in a space, from one position to another in accordance with changes in situation and time.  The I fluctuates among different and even opposed positions.  The I has the capacity to imaginatively endow each position with a voice so that dialogical relations between positions can be established.  The voices function like interacting characters in a story.”  –Hermans, Kempen & van Loon, “The Dialogical Self”  

THE VIRTUAL REALITY OF  POSSIBLE SELVES

Fictional virtual realities are constructed by aspects of the self as imaginal conversations.  Imaginal dialogues play a central role in our daily lives, existing alongside actual dialogues and interactions. The dialogical self can be seen as a multiplicity of I positions or possible selves, with a decentralized, polyphonic character. This view dissolves the sharp “self-not self” boundary. Ecological fundamentalism has sought absolute truth in nature, but nature rejects this naivete. The notion of “relativity” implies that there is no absolute truth, therefore, no absolute self. Thus arises the notion of “radical pluralism”, which is reflected in our chaotic modern society as exposure to virtually every religious belief, every political view, and a myriad of social values. 

There is no central belief system in a pluralistic society. The social construction of reality is up for grabs. The whole concept of reality has been called into question by a variety of ideologies and lifestyles. There are widening splits within traditional belief systems. There is transition in human cultural evolution, with the new paradigm in dialogue with the old, seeking a new synthesis. The move is toward a substitution of “story” for Truth, reflecting that sense of movement, change, flow.

Perhaps the hallmark of Post-Modern philosophy has been disbelief or skepticism of all “metanarratives.”  The breakdowns of the story lines of religions, ideologies, even science has led to chaotic social change. We are beginning to realize, individually and as a world-wide culture that “realities” are all human constructions.  The task becomes one of “catching ourselves in the act” of creating our own “reality” from the flow of events. Human truth is always an engagement of mind with experience. The sociological message of Chaos Theory and CCP is that we don’t have to fear the collapse of what we think we are.  We don’t need to fear the collapse of our personalistic belief system, nor our belief in absolute truth.

VARIETIES OF SELF-SIMULATION

According to Tart (1990), “Contemporary neurology and psychology show that we already live in one or more internal virtual realities, generated by neurological and psychological processes. Stable patterns, stabilized systems of these internal virtual realities, constitute states of consciousness, our ordinary personality, and multiple personalities.” All these aspects of self have their own dialogical component.  Reality is constructed as much by “conversation” as “observation.”

The dialogical tendency of the psyche has been noticed and utilized by both mystics and psychologists.  Examples include meditative encounters with wise figures, such as Christ, the Beloved, an Inner Healer, guide or shaman figure.  The dialogue might even take place with an animal or object.  Other pluralistic spiritual constructs include the chakra system and the multiple states of consciousness circuit of the Tree of Life in Qabala.

Examples from psychology include “self talk,” cognitive restructuring, ego states, psychodrama, “invisible guests.” Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) and Psychosynthesis have the technique of the “Parts’ Party,” round-table discussion, or board meeting, giving voice to the various semi-autonomous subpersonalities.  It provides a forum for the airing of conflicting views, empathic alignment, circumspect judgment, and personification of conscience. Transactional Analysis (T.A.) posits three dialogical ego-states–Parent, Adult, and Child.  The dialogical content consists of “scripts, games and rackets.”

Gestalt psychology uses dialogue such as the “two chair technique” to create imaginal spaces for therapeutic process.  In these “virtual realities,” point-of-view is shifted between the various entities imaginally engaged in the dialogue.  The participant becomes the imaginal other, and speaks “as if” that other.  The self takes the actual perspective of the other, outside the self.  That other may be one or several dream figures, as well as familiar or unfamiliar people, in an imaginary social world.  The other is “felt” to be there. Oneself is conceived of as I (self as subject) or Me (self as object, viewed as the main figure in the story of one’s life). 

I is observer; Me is observed.  I is an author; Me is an actor in the psychodrama.  I construes another person or being as a position I can occupy and this position creates an alternative perspective on the world and self. If that “other” is transpersonal in nature, the engagement becomes one of the ego with the unconscious (I-Thou), emphasizing the bodily nature of thought and imagination.  The “I” constructs an analog space and metaphorically moves in this space.  I is not a center of “control” but actively engaged with the autonomous flow of primal consciousness.

Transpersonal theory is wholly based on the “Dynamic-Dialectical Paradigm,” conversations between the ego and the dynamic ground of psyche (Washburn, 1988).  Its static representation is the “Structural-Hierarchal Paradigm.” In the therapeutic context, Jungians refer to this dialectical process as “active imagination,” engagement of the ego and the unconscious. 

Active imagination is patterned after the alchemical meditatio, which consisted of an imaginal dialogue between the alchemist and his alchemical process, personified in various forms. Active imagintion is a process in which the imagination and the images it throws up are experienced as something separate from the ego–a “thou” or an “other”–to which the ego can relate, and with which the ego can have a dialogue (Edinger, 1972). 

It is a dialectic of development, like the Hegelian “thesis, antithesis, and synthesis.” Narration (storytelling) puts the general human condition into the particulars of experience.  It locates experience in space and time, even imaginal space and time.  Imaginal others, despite their invisible quality, are typically perceived as having a spatially separated position. 

Metaphor–what the experience is like–is the structure producing coherent, ordered experiences.  The metaphors are usually those of physical experience. Creative engagement with chaos means direct experience of self as a changing, pluralistic, multi-dimensional entity.  This existential philosophy of “dynamic co-consciousness” is process-oriented, rather than “state-oriented” even though we employ the term state to imply a stable-yet-transitory condition.  This is not an experience of a static “self” moving through process, but rather existential experience of self as process.

Based on a plurality of perspectives, a plurality of consciousness, a plurality of worlds, this notion means giving breath to many voices.  Dialogue reveals the essential pristine nature of the character’s psyche, and psyche’s character. Our consensus consciousness is not our natural condition, but a construction within cultural constraints.  This construction is semi-arbitrary.  The constructivist approach in psychology conceives of the self as dialogical, a view that transcends both individualism and rationalism (Hermans, Kempen & van Loon, 1992).  It is a concept of self that takes the role of the body, or embodied nature of the self into consideration. It is based in the notion that story telling is cross-cultural. 

Narration is a root metaphor. These stories help order world and self.  We can investigate this dialogical realm which is familiar from mysticism.  It creates a mind-space with multiple positions possible for multiple selves.  The result is a multiplicity of dialogically interacting selves, in a variety of “as if” (virtual) realities. The free flow of fantasy as internal dialogues with various aspects of the self allows for creative development of higher thought.  These fictions, like myth, may not correspond to reality, but they contain “constructs” which are freely fashioned of empirical elements.  Constructs are ways in which some things are construed as being alike and yet different from others. Chaos theory and CCP are radically “de-constructionalist” metaphors. 

W. Brian Arthur, an economist from Stanford University suggests that, “Science is about the creation of metaphor.”  Today tidy metaphors are insufficient and we need to, “go beyond order and construct systems from simple premises that turn out to be very, very messy.” In terms of the structure and limitations of language, virtually anything we say or write can be contradicted.  Oddly we create our essence from this paradox. 

Tart (1990) reminds us that Korzybski, the founder of semantics, admonishes us that “the map is not the territory.”  Tart adds that most of the time we prefer the map, since the map is organized and orderly.  Yet, the territory tends to be messy and inconsistent. Co-consciousness on the individual level means plurality of selves; in CCP it means the virtual reality of mutually shared therapeutic space, with plurality of consciousness available to both participants simultaneously, from the infinite field of possibilities.

CO-CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE  HOLOGRAPHIC PARADIGM

The holographic paradigm is a constructed model of consciousness derived from neuropsychology and quantum physics.  It views the processing of mental forms as occurring within the context of part/whole relationship, where the identified part exists within the code of the whole. Against the backdrop of the holographic paradigm, the therapeutic relationship is a shared partnership, also a co-consciousness.  The “cure,” as insight, is already within the client, within the interactional relationship, though it has not become manifest, “unfolded” and “explicate.” 

The patterning or configuration of experience, intent, and behavior form a “tendency to isomorphism”. The therapist sees in the clinical material through perceptual process recurrent, identifiable forms.  Any small piece of clinical material may contain the total configuration, both past and future.  It is the resonance or expansion and reexpansion of this awareness over time that leads to change rather than particularized insight itself. Insight does not result from learning but results from a subsequent phenomenological shift in the holographic template called insight.  Insight results from expansion and overload rather than from a specific, focused understanding.

Within the process model, the total patterns of experiencing within the organismic whole which have remained unattended became the holographic blur.  In other words, this part of the unconscious is not regarded as a preexisting form. Drive manifestations in thought, repressed memories, archetypal themes, and so on are particularized meanings, cognitively derived from the holographic “frequency domain”–the stage of transforming sensory data across the entire brain. 

Because the frequency domain deals with the density of events, time and space are collapsed in it. Not until these mathematical transforms are reversed does the object or image reappear as concrete, three-dimensional reality “out there.”  In the frequency domain itself there is no out there (Pribram, 1982).  Pribram’s “frequency domain” is Bohm’s “implicate order” while the image domain is “explicate order.” The transformative process may be holographic.  The manner by which old and new identities are assimilated, by which affects are released, are potentially deepened by therapeutic trance, especially process-oriented trance–absorption in the dynamic flow of psychic imagery. 

Sometimes the client’s mental representations are dominated by form, especially that initiated by past experiences. Other times, consciousness is dominated more by formlessness, uncommitted attention, receptivity to new ideas.  Between frames, or states of consciousness are transitive or “empty” moments in which vague, unformulated experience occurs. These states make it possible to assimilate those “contents” of conscious and unconscious into the self–providing a sense of space for play and experimentation. 

CCP broadens the capacity to “toy” with form and formlessness. Shifts can be made back and forth, holographically reflecting back the wholeness of the self.  It includes the creative capacity to be formless in consciousness, and to shift to the “form-dominated,” content-focused, representational realities of ego states (Watkins, 1978). In the shifts made from these particulari-zations of consciousness to ones of formlessness, the relational ground of the client and therapist may be said to holographically exist. 

In this state of formlessness of consciousness, in the safety of the therapeutic process, the client may temporarily suspend the sense of objectifying the self into a particular image reflected by others and experience “pure being.” In this transitional space, the client is neither required to commit his consciousness to a particularized experience or reality, nor to a state of fantasy, though these factors are present in the whole person. The person is able to be “between channels,” and to remain whole as well–an experience of somato-psychic unity. We can refer to this “state” as amorphous cognition, the nonrepresentational activity of the psyche (Arieti, 1976).

There are on-going transforms in the frequency domain. If reality as we know it is only a contraction of consciousness, process-oriented therapy may be a way of making the whole patterning of healthy, balanced self-organization more available through progressively acquired transitional states. It is possible that during co-consciousness, the therapist’s and client’s organizations of consciousness in some way literally and not metaphorically cross into a wave length or plane in which there is neither reality nor fantasy but the enfolded-implicate-primary reality that is mutually shared.

The metaphor is superseded by the holographic blur of a possibilities of form–form overcome by formlessness–finally free from groping around using inadequate analogies. Simulations can run through the past and future, trying different scenarios and responding in advance to probable future environments. Randomness has gotten a bad reputation because of ignorance of its power. 

“Purposeful randomness” is a survival mechanism in nature–a disorderly dance that is rather disorienting yet somehow rewarding. But combined with selection it yields purposeful behavior and leads to adaptation. It begins to sound a lot like dreaming. Elaborate sequences shift gradually into something quite different, hinging on some minor detail that brings forward a scene from some other story line…as if another story had been running unseen.

William Calvin (1987) postulates that, “the sequencer currently connected to the language system might be the talking-to-ourselves aspect of consciousness and foresight, but the other sequencers would still be hard at work subconsciously, busy piecing together other scenarios at random, most of them nonsense, when checked against our memories, but a few being realistic.”  He posits a number of independent sequencing circuits in the brain, potentially explaining much of foresight, free will, and imagination.

VORTICES OF THOUGHT

Why are structures formed? Why do repetitive patterns occur? Using David Bohm’s concept of implicate and explicate ordering, Shainberg (1987) suggests that the explicate order is what we see as form.  He asserts that human consciousness and language are relatively autonomous subtotalities, but they also create fixed points in this universal forming which block further transformations with inner conflict or interpersonal problems. He uses the same analogy Graywolf developed independently in CCP: these points become like rocks around which the stream of life moves. 

By definition these fixations are part of the explicate as well as the implicate order. Form is not an isolated definitive outlined thing which relates to other objects. Its structure is the active process, a structuating event, that is making a relationship to all other active processes. When we experience our own relative consistency within the formative process, we assume that we are a continuous being with a capacity to respond, which we think of as our ‘self,’ in connection with other continuous forms.

According to Shainberg, this self-simulation becomes fixed on ideas or images of good (or bad) situations that have occurred in its experiences. It then attempts to replay them in the present because they worked (gave pleasure) in the past. When consciousness meets new situations and checks with memory for help in defining the nature of the new situation, it often depends more on memory for determining what is in front of it than it does on the perception of reality, or raw experience.

This tendency to live in terms of memory is most serious in those whose life since childhood has been tense and conflicted, and who have been able to integrate the uncertainties of their reality. While thoughts, images and feelings are processes which connect “things” in the movement of relationship, they can also fix the relationships into specific old forms. The fixation into repetitive behavior that is characteristic of human beings is part of what we might think of as the “form of repetition” in nature. 

We observe the repetition of forms in consciousness when it consistently meets the present with the past. Whether it is in the form of repeating an old relationship or attempting to obtain the goal of a particular desire, consciousness uses the same mechanism to engage the present. And that mechanism is itself a repetition of a past event. So, at many levels, and among them human consciousness, nature is expressing the form of repetition.

The explicate form–the memory image–becomes a nodal point which demands that a new situation becomes like an old one. When a particular thought or focus in consciousness dominates a person’s behavior, this flow in human relationship is inhibited. Such foci force relating processes into a vortex by insisting that the movement of relationship stay in its orbit.  Such vortices lead to separation, conflict, emptiness.

The matrix of thoughts creates a focus around which there are relationships that form a vortex and make up a fragmented subsystem, a ‘relatively autonomous subtotality’ which, in contrast to other subtotalities, brings about conflict with the larger whole. The vortex fragments off from the movement that is occurring in the other aspects of the universe. It is not receptive to information from those aspects. 

The fixed ideas organize the relationships in the present and bring about a system of relationships that keep the vortex operating in a way which, to some extent, separates the system from the larger whole. This response repeatedly unfolds a form which restricts the movement in the implicate, but we don’t seem to respond to any feedback we notice about that restriction. 

Despite psychological conflicts or psychosomatic illnesses the security in the repetition is read as preferable to any change. We might guess that if this form were connected with the flow of the implicate its characteristics would be transformed by the integration with that flow and the block would be released and more open relationships would unfold. But, unfacilitated, this doesn’t happen with much regularity.

Without process work, such as CCP, the form maintains itself and there is no action by the brain to create a more harmonious relationship with reality. Apparently the agreement brought about by this subsystem has provided pleasure and security which is communicated to the brain as more satisfactory than the alternatives memory promises beyond the repetition of these safety measures. As children, we naturally form a center, a ‘self’ to focus our relationships. But that focus naturally dissolves when each ordered condition opens new relationships to other foci around us. That changing moving process of relating is after all the essential insecurity of human existence.

THE SELF THEN IS A RELATIVELY AUTONOMOUS SUBTOTALITY THAT UNFOLDS IN THE IMPLICATE AND IS DISPLAYED IN THE EXPLICATE, ONLY TO BE DISSOLVED AGAIN INTO THE IMPLICATE. Our brains are another subtotality and the responses that flow through them are part of the explicate order as well. The thoughts and images construct the self but that flow of responses in the brain includes the seductive offering which comes with the promises of security in the repetitions of memory and mother’s support for identifying with some fixed ways of living. 

The propaganda of consciousness seems to be that if we choose one identity, one self, one set of plans for how to be in the world, we might find security and pleasure. But dedication to the realization of that image fixes a person’s relationship in the explicate order and in some sense curtails flow in the implicate order. 

When fixation occurs in the natural world, for example in the unfolding of genetic programming, its purpose is to maintain a balance with the whole movement of the implicate order and its connection. The curtailment of flow insinuates pathology. The life process of people caught in such an image is a circular form that operates inside its own criteria and does not connect with the elements of the reality outside of its defined fragment. What is most astounding in this image process is the way the individual commits himself completely to the virtues of the state through thought and internal dialogue.

THE REPETITIVE USE OF THOUGHT ACTS LIKE A ROCK IN A STREAM. 

The vortex is formed as a result of forces exercised by the form of repetition in consciousness. The pull to repeat the desirable memories draws all other relating processes of the implicate order into the orbit of the explicate focus. The person who is absorbed by the fixation of this self-image responds to those aspects of reality which enable execution of that image. But individuals who are caught in the repetitive process that makes a vortex do occasionally become aware of their fragmented condition and their inadequate relationship to the greater whole of the implicate order. Moving into realms not controlled by thought, their fixation dissolves when their behavior opens into relationships of a more formless nature.

A vortex is formed based on the premise that the image provides certainty and security. The contradiction to realize the fixed image of what life should be and the movement of the implicate order creates a deep strain at the core of being.  Repeating the same behavior again and again narrows the frame of mind. The fixation is dissolved through transformation by something larger than the self-simulation. There are many different ways in which we sense the limitations of our thought and manage to find connections to the implicate order beyond. The therapeutic dialogue brings release from the trap of self-orientation. Being with another whose worldview is more expansive is part of it.  So is immersion in the flow of creative process. 

The narration of the therapeutic process goes back and forth among the participants creating a dialog which is the matrix of a mutual virtual reality. When the dialogue partners see that thought gets into a frozen state, or that the same images are appearing chronically in different form, the process dissolves the state, and the oscillation around the vortex stops. Discussion after the session and follow up lead to a new story about what constitutes self. Shainberg concludes that, “points of order or centers of organization are inherent to the implicate order as it unfolds into the explicate.  These points always create something of a vortex around them as they provide for interactions and further relationships in that flow.” 

Thus the new primal self-image is better adapted, stabilizing. Fixed images in consciousness are only relatively fixed points as there are numerous relationships intertwining and unfolding from them, even if they do form a vortex.  We are left with the image of psyche as vortices within vortices within vortices. This image is precisely that of a “strange attractor” in chaos theory. Edward Lorenz defined it as consisting not “of a simple point, curve, or higher-dimensional manifold, but [it] contains an infinite complex of manifolds…”

MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER

Studies of dissociative states in Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) disclose that simple confabulation is not an adequate model for the syndrome. Conscious role-playing could not duplicate certain abilities. We can consider a possible role for state-dependent learning in the phenomenology of MPD (Silberman, et al, 1985). Patients may experience themselves as several discrete alter personalities who do not share consciousness or memories with one another. Disparate personality states compartmen-talize information and learning. 

Both drugs and mood states have been shown to induce state-specific encoding operations and retrieval strategies, and provide specific cues for accessing previous experience. Information acquired in a given state remains available in memory, but inaccessible when remembering takes place under different retrieval (state) conditions. MPD patients may provide more powerful markers and contexts for encoding and retrieving previous experience than does the conscious role playing of personality states by controls. 

MPD cannot be “faked,” because dissociation creates super-normal phenomena in memory, cognition, learning, and psychosomatic manifestations. In contrast to classical state-dependent learning phenomena, however, which are generally more robust under free recall conditions, the partial dissociation of MPDs tended to be more pronounced under recognition. Highly dissociative MPDs may have allergies or other specific illnesses in some alters and not others.

Tart (1990) offers a model for MPD based on the World Simulation Process approach.  He roots its purpose in survival and adaptability by construction of rapidly functioning internal models of the real world.  “Simulation” of the self, providing a sense of continuity of identity, is part of its purpose, also. It includes psychophysical coherence between self image and external reality, but usually includes a sense of an internal psychological self beyond bodily compo-nents.

A core psychological pattern tends to control other aspects of the World Simulation Process, automatically organizing the rest of experience around itself in a way that further supports the basic pattern. These patterns/systems try to stabilize themselves, preserve themselves, maintain identity. For example, anger or any other core pattern can become the dominant core of the World Simulation Process, which automatically (mis)interprets sensory patterns of the world and self in a way consonant with core pattern. 

Since the virtual reality created by the WSP is “reality” for the time being, it is very difficult not to completely identify with the virtual reality as experienced and accept it as “real” reality. He notes that “while we ordinarily completely and automatically identify with the self that is produced by the World Simulation Process, we do not have to…There is a great freedom available, a kind of enlightenment, when you realize that the world and self you take for granted because they are an immediate perception are actually, in a vitally important way, an interpretation, a simulation, not final reality.”

When the WSP gives us virtual realities that differ from the real world in significant ways, we begin to behave maladaptively, creating both real world consequences and/or psychological suffering in ourselves and others. Deciding what is “real” in the world is heavily influenced by the virtual realities already created by our WSP. Tart defines a person with MPD as “someone who has two or more well developed core patterns, constellation patterns that can take over his or her World Simulation Process such that the person temporarily lives in a virtual reality that constitutes an identity, a personality, a state of consciousness…that is experientially perfectly real.”

He considers a “normal” person to have only one well developed pattern, yet with considerable degrees of multiplicity.  The “neurotic’s” WSP differs in areas of suffering and maladaptive functioning. The “psychotic” lives in a virtual reality so obviously different from the virtual reality range of “normals” that it is obviously different, perhaps constituting a threat to themselves and others.

POLYTHEISTIC CONSCIOUSNESS

The “multiple” model of human nature suggested by MPD research invites comparison with the work of such theorists as psychologist James Hillman, and other archetypal and imaginal psychologists, such as Bolen, Miller, and Woolger.  In the conventional model of psyche proposed by modern psychology and medicine, human nature is described largely in terms of an all-important central ego. All other facets of psychic experience are considered subordinate and relative to it.

Hillman has argued for a psychology that acknowledges all the myriad facets of our nature as important and integral to our general psychic well-being.  Whereas Western psychology has largely tended to be “monotheistic” in its emphasis upon rational ego-awareness, Hillman has suggested the need for a more “polytheistic” view of psyche, one that might draw fruitfully from the pantheons of ancient mythology for a more fitting representation of psyche’s diversity and needs.

RADICAL PLURALISM

The Creative Consciousness Process recognizes all these varieties of pluralism, but suggests an even more iconoclastic view–radical pluralism. CCP is not based in dialogue with any inner figures, but in “becoming” whatever image the psyche suggests within the process of flow. Thus, it moves beyond identification, beyond alters, beyond personification, beyond archetypes as godforms, even beyond humanism, into the psychoid realm of nature. The radical deconstructionalist stance promotes the direct experience of pluralistic consciousness in whatever form it appears, and fosters movement toward formlessness–destructuralization. 

Thus one may begin a consciousness journey as the “dream self”, dream figure, or even background, but move quickly through these symbolic “doorways” to less structured forms or patterns. Rather than engaging any aspect or presentation of self in dialogue, the movement is toward one of immersion in the free flow of consciousness wherever that leads. 

One may become an object, a force of nature, a tiny mote, a color, a spiral, even empty space. The dialogue, or narrative, comes not from engaging imaginal figures but within the co-conscious exchange of subject and guide, a dynamic, emergent story which deepens and “carries” the process forward.  The direct experience of “de-personification” of psychic elements points to the “psychoid” nature of the psyche, and fosters the realization of connection to the greater whole. One comes to perceive directly and experientially that one is potentially all of it. 

Consciousness seeks to take on imaginal and physical form, and we partake of that experience at any level of existence within the “virtual space” of the therapeutic context. Much like the Buddhist concept of anatman–no self or no soul–we can experience directly what it means to be pure consciousness incarnating through a multitude of forms, culminating in the impressionistic experience of formlessness. As all things, we are neither this nor that–no thing. 

As pure potential, all possibilities exist for re-structuring prior to the return to ordinary consciousness. We can experience directly that we are not a “self” or even “selves” moving through a concrete reality.  We are consciousness in search of itself, experiencing the panoply of multitudinous, dynamic, energetic forms.  The entity we are has no “stable” center in the classical sense, only an apparently contiguous memory of self and world simulation. This sense of a confined self can be radically destructured through consciousness journeys, which facilitate the perception of the flow of events. 

No two journeys are ever the same, though certain patterns and forms tend to persist and recur. You can never step into the same river twice. CCP helps us move deeper into the psyche, past “thinking-feeling-believing” levels of the psyche, below mythic patterning, even below primal existential patterning. Below any hierarchical systems is a state of pure being. This process of “diving deep” through the layers of acquired constructs “destratifies” perceptual consciousness leaving its pure state undiluted by interpretive overlays.

The dialectical paradigm, even though it is a dynamic model, is always stuck in the narrative of “what it is like” to be actively involved in a certain condition, event, or entity. This metaphorical perception of reality is always a step removed from direct, unconditioned experience, which can only be non-reflective. That is why, in terms of Buddhist mystical states of consciousness (jhanas), in this absorption there is no-perceiver and no-perceived.  It is even beyond awareness of no-thing-ness, beyond infinite consciousness.  The four formless states include contemplation of infinite space, infinite consciousness, the realm of no-thing-ness, and the realm of neither perception-nor-nonperception.

Daniel Goleman describes the “formless jhanas” as follows:

The next level is attained by achieving the consciousness of infinite space, and then turning attention to the element of infinite awareness. Thus the thought of infinite space is abandoned, while objectless infinite consciousness remains.  This marks the sixth jhana. Having mastered the sixth, the meditator attains the seventh jhana by first entering the sixth and then turning contemplation to the nonexistence of infinite conscious-ness. The seventh jhana is thus absorption with no-thing-ness, or the void, as its object.  That is, consciousness has as its object the awareness of absence of any object. Mastering this jhana, the meditator then reviews it and finds any perception at all a disadvantage, its absence being more sublime. So motivated, the meditator can attain the eigth jhana by first entering the seventh, and then turning attention to the aspect of peacefulness, and away from perception of the void. The delicacy of this operation is suggested by the stipulation that there must be no hint of desire to attain this peacefulness, nor to avoid perception of no-thing-ness. Attending to the peacefulness, he reaches the ultrasubtle state where there are only residual mental formations. There is no gross perception here at all: thus “no perception”; there is ultrasubtle perception: thus “not-nonpercep-tion.” This eigth jhana is called the sphere of “neither-perception-nor-nonperception.”  The same degree of subtlety of existence is here true of all concomitants of consciousness. NO MENTAL STATES ARE DECISIVELY PRESENT, yet residuals remain in a degree of near-absence.

This beingness beyond all states is so subtle we can’t say whether it is or is not. It is the ultimate limit of perception–the virtual reality beyond the dialogical self. CCP never strives to recreate any of these states during the journey, but time after time the flow of consciousness leads to reports which match these descriptions. Consciousness journeys function like a guided tour of potential states, potentiating them, and initiating their unfolding into the explicate as emergent and stabilizing resources. The dissolution into formlessness happens at the “edge of chaos.”  In this condition we speculate that free-flowing matter and energy are capable of self-organization. The implied “self” in this case is pure consciousness in dynamic evolution through multiple forms in multiple universes.

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The Diamond Body: Buckminster Fuller and The Qabala ~ Iona Miller

diamond body stellations

SACRED GEOMETRY:

unfolding nested polyhedrons

According to most creation stories, out of primal Nothingness, the All or Everything emerges or emanates. Paradoxically, everything seems to come from nothing. How does nothing become something?

Energy “crystallizes” into matter in the womb of empty space, a dynamic Void. Mass is simply a form of energy. This process is structured by an underlying, invisible, geometrical lattice. Actually, it is pre-geometric. Because it has no true physical existence, it is metaphysical (beyond physics).

This threshold of matter, where nothing becomes something, is of great philosophical interest.Actually, materialism (a natural philosophy) is a theory of metaphysics.

It is metaphysical thinking to consider static matter as a primary reality. In fact, any attempt to describe reality is metaphysical speculation. In its dynamic form matter cannot be separated from energy. Energy is a property of matter, which can be considered potential energy.

The mystic believes in matter, but believes it is more than science has yet discovered. Even before Western science began, mystics believed that mind, consciousness, or spirit is a property of matter. It hardly matters, philosophically, if you consider it as manifesting force or manifesting spirit.

The nature of reality is that matter-energy must be taken together .The theory of relativity conceives of this single substance as a distortion of the structure of space.

Physicist Ian Barbour writes that, “…in quantum theory, separate particles seem to be temporary and partial manifestations of a shifting pattern of waves that combine at one point, dissolve again, and recombine elsewhere; a particle begins to look like a local outcropping of a continuous substratum of vibrational energy.” That vibrational energy is governed by the laws of probability.But what subtle forces underlie matter-energy and space-time? All form and power are latent within the void.

The Heart Sutra tells us that, “Form is not other than Void, Void is not other than Form.” This implies that our human form is not other than void, and biophysics shows this to be true. Our physical makeup is largely emptiness. If we conceive of humans as being most fundamentally electromagnetic entities, instead of chemical beings, we can imagine our finer existence as wave-fronts in space. Our personal “space” is not utterly empty, but cannot be conceived apart from our matter exhibiting itself in particular ways, i.e. as “waves.

“Yet, the void state, or primal matrix, is “cosmic zero,” and proportionately our most fundamental reality. It is part of the surrealistic quantum realm. It lies within us all, for the relative space between our atoms is astronomical. This is the ground state of existence which mystics seek in their meditation, moving beyond mind and maya. It is that state of consciousness where outer perceptions cease, and consciousness is free to simply be.

Throughout the centuries, various geometrical forms have been revered as expressions or metaphors of higher spiritual truths. These sacred forms and symbols are a natural part of the collective consciousness which emerges in every generation. We project them outwardly from within our psyche because they are so fundamental to our existence. That apprehension is intuitive. Certain typical forms recur in meditation and ceremonial practice, worldwide.

When something emerges from nothing, it does so via non-Euclidean geometry, coming to occupy space/time. Einstein used non-Euclidean geometry to explain the relativity of time and space as the geometry that is produced by matter or matter by geometry. The perception of the transcendental or metaphysical aspects of geometry is intuitive.

There are examples of philosophical geometry or geometrical philosophy from around the world. The common term now is Sacred Geometry. These traditions are found in India, China, Egypt, and Great Britain, to name a few. Plato, Archimedes, and the Pythagoreans based much of their philosophical speculation around the nature of geometrical form, suggesting that mathematics and structural forms had ultimate status.

Our modern science has never forsaken the tradition of seeking the understanding of forms that provide shape and meaning to physical reality. Euclidean geometry describes the nature of the human scale, but non-Euclidean models the cosmos and microcosm. More and more intricate forms of measurement became the basis of the scientific method. Eventually, this led to modern topology — the study of those properties of geometric figures or solid bodies that remain invariant under certain transformations.Heisenberg explained that, “The elementary particles of modern physics can be transformed into each other exactly as in the philosophy of Plato.”

In “sacred topology”, the relationships are more than metaphorical. Metaphysical and physical reality coincide. This is abundantly illustrated in R. Buckminster Fuller’s geometrical tour de force, SYNERGETICS I & II. Fuller demonstrates, via synergetics, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, because of the relativity of forces. In our universe, as more complex systems are built up, new properties appear that were not foreshadowed by the parts alone. These emergent properties include life, conscious awareness, and beauty.Plato’s Academy in Athens had a policy: “You are not allowed to enter here, unless you know geometry.”

In the dialogue, Meno, Plato describes Socrates teaching geometry to a slave. In true Socratic form, he does not instruct him directly. Rather, he elicits knowledge from the slave which he did not know he possessed. The diagrams themselves elicit the buried intuitive knowledge of a world inhabited by the gods and by the divine “Forms.”In Plato’s view, before birth we were familiar with purely mathematical “objects” and relations, as well as moral ideals or values. He alleged that we lost this knowledge at birth, but can recover it through revelation.

For Plato, the virtues paled in comparison with the highest capacity of the soul, which is the mystical beholding of the eternal. Mystics tell us the divine is formless.Actual space is not empty, but the possibility has always been a controversial problem in philosophy. Aristotle found the concept of a total void unacceptable. Scientists still cannot make a perfect experimental vacuum.

Astronomy shows us that matter is averagely distributed, with roughly as much matter between the stars as there is within them. Yet, there are large voids in space, with stars clustered on the outer edges of these bubbles of void. The preponderance is of volumes of empty space over volumes of matter. So, the characteristic feature of the universe is not matter, but empty space.Again, most of the interior of the atom is empty, as is the space occupied by the galaxies, and the vast regions which separate them. Stars, atoms, and the vacuum are a seamless whole.

The notion of the eternal nature of sacred emptiness is echoed in modern quantum theory. This is not ordinary, but dynamic and receptive emptiness. The central concept in Quantum Field Theory is that of the field, which exists everywhere and everywhen. It is a field of curved space/time. Matter is not separate from its surrounding space. The field can take the form of quanta or particles. It is the fundamental physical entity, the only physical reality.The field contains the potentiality of all possible states or conditions in the universe.

Of these states, the most fundamental is the Ground State, (or “vacuum state”). Matter is rare in the universe. Most of it consists of a very volatile, excited, ionic plasma. Only 5% of matter is neither too hot, nor too dilute, to congeal as a solid, liquid, or gas. This form of matter is so rare it has been described as ‘trace contaminants. ‘Yet, some form of matter is essential to all activity. All matter is in motion. Activity is the essence of being. From the “cosmic zero”, everything — the totality of “excited states” — arises by creative processes. It is also the state into which everything subsides by absorption processes.

The ground state is characterized by the fact that it stretches to infinity, uniform and changeless. It is the same everywhere and everywhen because of the identity of space/time. Within the universal field the values of the ground state and excited states are all one. An unlimited amount of particles come into being and vanish endlessly. Matter is thus a temporary manifestation of the Void.The so-called “cosmic zero” was modeled by geometer/philosopher Fuller in the figure he called Vector Equilibrium, (V.E.). It might actually claim to be the first “Buckyball,” the one Fuller himself described.

This geometry is the precursor of the new elemental’ Fullerenes.’ The V.E. geometry has been recognized for a long time. It was one of the thirteen Archimedian solids, the cuboctahedron.

But the Greeks were fascinated with regular forms whose faces were all the same, such as the cube. They failed to understand the delicate balancing act the cuboctahedron symbolizes. They simply did not notice that Vector Equilibrium is pristine equanimity because they were looking elsewhere. The Greeks never really comprehended the energic or energetic properties of Vector Equilibrium, i.e. dynamic stability. They had a static, non-relativistic view of natural philosophy.

It remained for Fuller to assert that, “zero pulsation in the Vector Equilibrium is the nearest approach we will ever know to eternity and god.” The conceptual model is the closest our minds and senses can come to that cosmic realization, short of mystical revelation. Mind alone cannot fathom the depth of this Void. Geometry is a construct of the intellect.
The V.E. center is primal “emptiness.” It is a mathematical anomaly where the normal laws of the space/time continuum break down. It is not a symbol of ultimate order. It looks like a very rational, orderly system, but it is ultimately irrational. It defies logic.

V.E. is the breeder of wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, and non-locality at the quantum level. It is a cosmic pump, transforming nothingness into matter. It is a zone of neutral resonance where waves can pass through waves without interference, according to Fuller. Yet, it never physically exists as a structure, since nature abhors a vacuum.In quantum mechanics a system can never have an energy of exactly zero. There is no such thing as absolute emptiness. However, the minimal motion of the ground state is called zero point energy, or zero point motion.

Cosmic zero exists, paradoxically, in the realm of the psyche (our conceptualization) and in quantum reality in the atomic nucleus expressed as force. It is the form of formlessness, the root metaphor. It also forms the roots of the cosmic Tree of Life, since there is a fine-to-non-existent line between organic and inorganic matter on the quantum scale.
Physics is the patterns of organic energy, all of which are dynamic, alive. Mass is energy, so the subatomic world is always restlessly in motion. Inert matter is full of motion when we look closely at it . The activity of matter is its essence.

Vector Equilibrium emanates/condenses from a center in twelve fundamental directions. This emergent energy moves outward through space/time in the form of a cuboctahedron, alternating with its mathematical reciprocal, an octahedron-within-a-cube. It is a truncated cube with 50 symmetrically positioned topological features. Vector Equilibrium has the same surface area as a sphere, yet contains no volume, i.e. it contains “nothing.”

The Vector Equilibrium system has 12 vertices, 8 triangular faces, 24 edges, and 32 planes. It is omnidirectional equilibrium, symbolically and physically speaking.

As such, it is a perfect symbol for “holding the tension of the opposites,” or “uniting the opposites.” Yet, it is more than a metaphor. It is an archetypal image which bridges the macrocosm with the microcosm. It is a living example of the Hermetic Axiom, “As Above, So Below,” uniting spiritual and literal reality. V.E. makes it possible to make conceptual models of other dimensions (hyperspace), mathematically and mystically.In the V.E. figure, equilibrium between positive and negative is zero. It is the equalization of the forces of push/pull, radiation/gravitation, or tension/compression.

In Synergetics, Fuller alleged it “represents the limits of the mind’s ability to conceptualize ‘in’.” For Fuller, all of space/time is undergird with a pre-geometric matrix, which is an infinite field of vector equilibria. An entire universe can be seeded from one V.E., self-generating to fill all space/time. There may be no ultimate physical building-block of matter, but there is one single entity that undergirds and composes everything in the universe, according to Fuller. The basic element of the universe is dynamic patterns.

This field constitutes a “cosmic blueprint” which Fuller called the Isotropic Vector Matrix (I.V.M.), a living continuum. The allocation of divinity to this “mother of all fields” marks its archetypal character. As a variation on the theme of Celestial Goddess, it symbolizes the embodiment of nature. Like a modern Isis, it iterates the theme of the underlying, inseparable cosmic web or net, connecting all.

The living Void gives birth to all phenomenal forms. It pulsates with the rhythm of creation and destruction of material particles. Another goddess, Nuit, is the essence of Infinite Space. She is infinite energy density pervading the entire cosmos. She is the receptivity of the void to the wavelength of radiation. Adjusting the geometry of the void influences the propagation of radiation. The goddess Ma-at, or Balance, is another expression of the same universal V.E. energy.

The Upanishads identifies Brahman with the void:

Brahman is life. Brahman is joy. Brahman is the Void. Joy, verily, that is the same as the Void. The Void, verily, that is the same as joy.The geometry of Vector Equilibrium is inferred from that of closest-packed spheres of equal radius. It just happens to be the geometry which underlies all matter since it is found in the nucleus of all atoms as sub-atomic force. Here, in the interior of the atoms, Newtonian physics does not apply.

This is a probabilistic, acausal world. Here synchronicity prevails over chronicity.This uniform geometrical field, with the property of Divine consciousness, is the basis for a geometrical model of reality spanning the abyss between the metaphysical and the physical. It is not the first model in history to attempt to do so. There is an ancient geometrical model which shares a common framework with the Vector Equilibrium.THE GEOMETRY OF THE QABALA

The ancient mystical system of the Qabala is formulated around the geometrical glyph known as the
Tree of Life.

This sacred geometry system came down to us through Judaism and Hermetic Philosophy.

It is one of the main currents of thought in the Western Occult Tradition. A mathematically accurate image of the Tree of Life can be constructed by dividing a vertical line into four equal lengths and filling in four intersecting circles, using a fourth of the line as radius. The nexus points are the positions of the 10 spheres, and connecting paths join the centers of the spheres.


ULTRAHOLISM~The Field of Infinite Meaning by Iona Miller

antineutrino-detector

The inside of a cylindrical antineutrino detector before being filled with clear liquid scintillator, which reveals antineutrino interactions
by the very faint flashes of light they emit. Sensitive photomultiplier tubes line the detector walls, ready to amplify and record the telltale flashes.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46681972/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.T2kRPIL-vMT

 

ABSTRACT

We have seen back in time to the infancy of our Cosmos. As we press against the boundaries of Existence, we find our paradigm of holism expanding from local to global to galactic to cosmic — into a Universal Ultraholism that connects not only all existence in this universe, but perhaps includes others currently beyond conception, much less perception. But they are inferred in intuition and some models of scientific reality. Even though “explanations” fail as paradigms until widely embraced, ultraholism may provide insight into an even more sophisticated physics. Such a radical worldview is gaining scientific currency though a unified theory remains elusive. Ultraholism may be the latest buzzword for the Holy Grail. Broader models of ultraholism are emerging in life sciences and physics. It is now commonly accepted that the seed of life transcends our planet, and the seeds of being may transcend our universe. Consciousness may be the sole informing element.

Key Words: Ultraholism, holographic, optics, consciousness, paradigms, paradigm shift, field theory, psyche, modeling, archetypes.

Ultraholism

This feeling for the infinite can be attained only if we are bounded to the utmost. In knowing ourselves to be ultimately limited we possess also the capacity for becoming conscious of the infinite. But only then!  C. G. Jung

What it means to be human is still a mystery and various folks have given their guesses – Freud emphasized Sex, Jung emphasized Myth and Reich emphasized Body.
Nick Herbert, Physicist


Alpha & Omega


Things are not what they seem — just space and wave motions. The universe floats on a vast sea of light, whose invisible power provides the resistance that gives matter its dynamics and feeling of solidity. All matter is interconnected by quantum waves, a dynamic coherent whole in-formation.

There is evidence for the holographic nature of nonstandard fields that have been proposed in recent years — the zero-point field (a candidate for the unified field), the psi field of psychic phenomena, Ervin Laszlo’s Akashic field, and the morphic field proposed by Rupert Sheldrake.

The notion of resonance has been proposed for individual tuning to Jung’s collective unconscious. If a holographic image has many different holograms embedded within it, shining a laser of a specific frequency upon it will cause only those holograms made with lasers of the same frequency to stand out.  Things with the same vibration naturally resonate and reinforce one another like two musical strings at the same pitch resonate with one another. Resonance may also explain how each of us interact with psi or Akashic fields… picking up only that with which we personally “resonate.”


Fields of Meaning


When physicist Wolfgang Pauli collaborated with Jung, he encouraged us to find “a neutral, or unitarian language in which every concept we use is applicable as well to the unconscious as to matter, in order to overcome this wrong view that the unconscious psyche and matter are two things.” Psyche and soma are indissolubly wed in nature and our nature, and must be considered in an adequate account of reality.

Is the co-occurrence of events within the same field of meaning a fundamental reason why things tend to happen? Does each individual’s resonant frequency, determined by their life experience, physical body, and energy body limit what they can perceive? Such models may just eventually be shown to be belief systems of our era, memes whose roots we recognize from Theosophy. Jung almost never championed one set of archetypal claims at the expense of another, though he was an uncanny intuitive trendspotter.

Jung felt that the task of individuation involved resisting these collective forces and developing a critical response to them. Any collective movement which identifies with an archetypal process is, virtually by definition, not going to accord with Jungian taste, which is based on the ethics and aesthetics of individuation. Jung’s attack on what he called “identification with the collective psyche” is conveniently and deliberately ignored by all those New Age therapists, consultants, advocates, and shamans who like to freely celebrate and even “worship” the contemporary version of constellated archetypal contents.

If the New Age appears Jungian it is not because it has used Jung, but because it draws its life from and incessantly parades a particularly strong archetypal current that maps this psychospiritual territory. The same subjective evaluations and claims have been made for esoterics such as astrology, depth psychology, and for the Standard Model in physics. People claim they use them because “they work.” Archetypal correlations, a heightened level of communication between unconscious and conscious coordination, are radically participatory in nature, shaped by relevant circumstantial factors and human response.


The Last Wave


The precise nature of such resonance, frequency or vibration has not been scientifically described, but merely suggested as jargon for what we don’t and perhaps cannot know. The hypothesis is that different emotions and therefore attitudes have different frequencies. This is not to say that disease and other psychobiological process do not share an electromagnetic signature, but it is far from a total description.  The simple feedback process of self-reflection can perhaps be more directly effective at modulating behavior and experience.

Such mimetic notions are popular because they “confirm” certain belief sets, which include personal and collective memes. They are part of the self-confirmatory search that reassures us we not only comprehend our experience, but are somehow “blessed” within that process, which may just be self-delusion. We continue to reach toward Truth, toward wholeness, both as Quest and palliative — still “placating” the gods.

Nevertheless, speculative models may point us in the right direction — toward ever-more primordial subquantal levels of observation, beyond the kaleidoscope of the “content” of our consciousness toward its fundamental nature. Nevertheless, such narratives are being constructed in heterodox physics and enjoy wide acceptance from people who comprehend them or not. Artists are often inspired by concepts from physics. At least they open our speculative thinking, taking us from the known toward the Unknown.  We turn to the Void for our answers.

Autonomous Psychic Contents


Such models have been applied to healing and disease processes and linked to placebo effect and the meaning of disease. Jung made the strong statement that “the gods [archetypes] have become diseases” due to their relativization in society.  The fundamentally psychosomatic nature of disease manifests in both the psyche (mind) and soma (body). Jung’s idea of spiritual authority rests on individual experience, on the need for cultural transformation, and unorthodox ways of achieving unity with the Cosmos.

We think we can congratulate ourselves on having already reached such a pinnacle of clarity, imagining that we have left all these phantasmal gods far behind. But what we have left behind are only verbal specters, not the psychic facts that were responsible for the birth of the gods. We are still as much possessed by autonomous psychic contents as if they were Olympians. Today they are called phobias, obsessions, and so forth; in a word, neurotic symptoms. The gods have become diseases; Zeus no longer rules Olympus but rather the solar plexus, and produces curious specimens for the doctor’s consulting room, or disorders of the brains of politicians and journalists who unwillingly let loose psychic epidemics on the world.” (Jung, CW 13, par. 54)

A physical or psychological breakdown allows us to leave the track of production and social obligation to focus on healing. Hillman clarified by suggesting, “Soul enters only via symptoms, via outcast phenomena like the imagination of artists or alchemy or “primitives,” or of course, disguised as psychopathology. That’s what Jung meant when he said the Gods have become diseases: the only way back for them in a Christian world is via the outcast.”  Do we have to be broken before we heed the call of our spiritual center, the ultraholistic field of the imaginal?

Perhaps this is analogous to Jung’s realization in his <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Red Book era in the statement the “entanglement is your madness.”  The personality disorders should be included in his notion of conversion. Operating beyond our consciousness, the gods return confounded with the Shadow as pathologies, through the syzygy as relational problems, and with the self as overblown metaphysical notions and literalized pseudo-scientific theories. “Concretization” is an even more difficult problem at the collective than individual level. It is the root of intractable fundamentalism, in fact, all -isms.

The main difference between depth psychologies and quantum physics [as well as esoterics] is that psychologists base their approach in the metaphorical rather than literal nature of reality. To take such material literally is considered a gross error, a misnavigation of the imaginal. This is an often overlooked but major difference in worldview and approach to phenomenological experience.

Systems philosopher and integral theorist Dr. Ervin Laszlo says the universe is an information field which is not only ‘the original source of all things’ in time and space but is also ‘the constant and enduring memory of the universe’. An interconnecting cosmic field links man and matter and continually affects everything and everyone. ‘It literally conveys all the information of life itself.’

Past, present and future flow together in the zero-point energy field. Linear time is an artifact of our nervous system. Healer Edgar Cayce believed the Akashic Records contained a history of every soul from the dawn of creation, connecting us to each other. The records are impressed or encoded into energy/information. Our choices continually rewrite them, modulating thoughts and emotion. The Akashic records (information domain) not only store everything in the past of an individual but also contain all the future possibilities and potentials for our lives. Einstein put it concisely: “Space and time are modes in which we think, not conditions in which we live.”


Meta-Nexus

We have a habit in writing articles published in scientific journals to make the work as finished as possible, to cover up all the tracks, to not worry about the blind alleys or describe how you had the wrong idea first, and so on. So there isn’t any place to publish, in a dignified manner, what you actually did in order to get to do the work. –Richard Feynman in his Nobel Lecture, 1966

Consciousness is a singular of which the plural is unknown; that there is only one thing and that what seems to be a plurality is merely a series of different aspects of this one thing, produced by a deception.
–Schrödinger

Thinking Big requires a new approach to the way we pursue knowledge about our universe, our lives, and our species. The history of the universe is our history. We are in the midst of what we might call a generational shift in the way the world works.

We’re still asking life’s Big Questions and tackling humanity’s Big Problems, but in the context of Big History — a revisionist blend of cosmology, physics, chemistry, geology, biology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, and history. Such a meta-disciplinary approach attempts a single, unifying, compelling narrative that continues unfolding meaning, purpose, and insight.

But, all we ever really talk about is ourselves and our own processes. Pioneered by William James, Sigmund Freud, and Carl Gustav Jung, Depth Psychology is the study of how we dialogue with the Unconscious via symbols, dreams, myth, art, nature. Marshall McLuhan articulated our dynamic relationship with Media and Technology. A symbol is something which can have many meanings at once. By paying attention to the messages that show up from beyond our conscious egos, we can be guided to greater understanding, transformation, and integration with the world around us, inner and outer.

Ultimately, “explanations” fail as paradigms of human behavior, being only approximate models and theories that shift with time and related sciences, but our drive to do so remains. No matter what we call them, archetypes, gods and demons still exist as “real” in the human mind, in all their grandeur and monstrosity. The idea that all life or all consciousness is interconnected is one of the most enduring spiritual traditions. Objective evidence of this fantastic notion has only surfaced in recent decades.  But evidence-based truth is undergirt with self-evident truth often expressed in metaphors.

Our historically-conditioned culture is undergoing a collective transformation process. Countries, regions and continents have their own unique “mindscapes.” Cultures can have complexes. Cultural complex theory itself mediates between the particularity of place and the universality of archetypal patterns, which can be explored in cross-cultural settings. The notion of a “cultural complex” is a synthetic idea, springing from analytical psychology. It draws on different strands of that tradition to build a new idea for the purpose of understanding the psychology of group conflict.

The collective persona has broken down utterly, shattering the social mask that covered the denial, weaknesses and corruption of the collective shadow, which is now undeniably revealed. It reveals an underlying alchemical process, whose first manifestation is the collective  nigredo, manifest in the 21st century Depression, economic and otherwise.

Will this Depression be the driving force that moves the global death/rebirth process forward, as it does in individuation? Will it help us take a quantum leap into a more meaningful future of mankind? In this collective “ego death,” the dead void disappears once we connect with the fertile void of the dynamic ground, the formless state of pure potential. First we must endure the overwhelming sensations created by contact with this powerful source. The missing transformative information lies in the very heart of chaos.

There is a generic process in nature and consciousness which dissolves and regenerates all forms. The essence of this transformative, morphological process is chaotic — purposeful yet inherently unpredictable holistic repatterning. It implies a flowing state of consciousness, “liquification” of consciousness, a return to the womb for rebirth, a baptism or healing immersion in the vast ocean of deep consciousness.  It facilitates feedback via creative regression: de-structuring, or destratification by immersion in the flow of psychic imagery through identification with more and more primal forms or patterns — an expanded state.

As mythologist Joseph Campbell described, “[Heroes have] moved out of the society that would have protected them, and into the dark forest, into the world of fire, of original experience. Original experience has not been interpreted for you, and so you’ve got to work out your life for yourself. Either you can take it or you can’t. You don’t have to go far off the interpreted path to find yourself in very difficult situations. The courage to face the trials and to bring a whole new body of possibilities into the field of interpreted experience for other people to experience—that is the hero’s deed.”

Campbell also suggests, “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” And, “One way or another, we all have to find what best fosters the flowering of our humanity in this contemporary life, and dedicate ourselves to that.” “The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature.” These have become societal goals of our collective awakening from materialism, not just individual ones.


Social Alchemy


Plutocracy is unraveling. Underlying all our problems, the preeminent issue of our age is human awareness. From one perspective, the ancient version of human awareness limited by fear, anger, greed, reproductive drives, tribal affiliations, ignorance and self-centeredness is the greatest destructive force on Earth. It is no longer adaptive as it was in the Stone Age.

On the other hand, a collective of potentiated humans who embody even a little of the new awareness, an awakened, relaxed and observant big picture awareness, has the potential to be the greatest healing and creative force on Earth. Is our solution an awakening collection of embodied, present-centered people who are enjoying the transformative effects of this new awareness? What are the gaps between where we are as an emergent culture and where we should be?

Many wish to connect with others in an effort to preserve civilization, all life on Earth, and to propel humanity to its next evolutionary step in the face of overwhelming disaster and calamity. Can we break our identification with totalitarian society or will the dream of awakening remain a meme? Has complexity shed new light on cultural and organizational change?

A July 2011 article from ‘Science Daily’ entitled “Brain Co-opts The Body to Promote Moral Behavior,” considers the work of Mary Helen Immordino-Yang of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. According to Yang, “The human brain may simulate physical sensations to prompt introspection, capitalizing on moments of high emotion to promote moral behavior.”  The article explains, “… individuals who were told stories designed to evoke compassion and admiration for virtue sometimes reported that they felt a physical sensation in response. These psycho-physical ‘pangs’ of emotion are very real — they’re detectable with brain scans — and may be evidence that pro-social behavior is part of human survival.”

Yang continues, “These emotions are foundational for morality and social learning. They have the power to change the course of your very life… Our very biology is a social one. For centuries poets have described so-called gut feelings during social emotions. Now we are uncovering the biological evidence.” Stephen Porges describes our Social Engagement System as essential in attachment and bonding. He contends automatic reactions in your body cue from what’s happening around you. The nervous system integrates and regulates bodily and psychological processes. He’s developed therapeutic interventions from what he calls Polyvagal Theory.

But if our brains are naturally wired for cooperation, where does the breakdown occur? The nervous system can also damage social relations. Some research shows the answer may lie in damaged or suppressed emotional centers in the brains of some individuals. Does that mean civilization is cursed by the rulership of high-risk emotional invalids and market processes — survival of the damaged in a perpetual war with the ethically-motivated?

Is a species-wide biopsychosocial spiritual awakening on the horizon, as some claim?  Is a new state of identity forming, based on the collective repulsion of the dominant paradigms and accelerated by social media-technology? You are life, I am life, the cosmos is life (evolving, responsive, self-referential, self-organizing stuff) bringing forth evermore life.

2012 is a year in which the individual forecasts point to a new generational reality and a redefinition of how the world works, but it is not the final stage of the transformation process. Clearly, the Post-Cold War world has come to an end, replaced by changed players and changed dynamics.

Civilizations and eras need a myth to live and that myth may define our collective fate.  Futuring includes six synergetic aspects: 1) mapping acceleration, 2) anticipating, 3) timing and 4) deepening the future, 5) creating alternatives to the present and 6) transformation. Aspirational futuring and analysis includes environmental scanning, forecasts, scenarios, visions, audacious goals and understanding change and strategic issues.

Trends identify key forces shaping the future. Environmental scanning includes global, local, political, economic, technological, environmental and social trends. Roadmaps help us visualize strategies and collaborative foresight. Paradigms underpin the assumed truths of our logic.

Obviously, we cannot figure out the Mystery of life with intellect or social science alone. Though “the map is not the territory”, the only consciousness maps we have are those left over from our ancestors — mostly esoteric systems describing the cartography of the human condition. Modern researchers, such as Stan Grof, Ken Wilber, and John Curtis Gowan have attempted to map the mindscape and relationship between the numinous and the ego with some success, at least in broad conceptual strokes.

Our attempts to ignore or obliterate the Self are an attempt to wipe out that awareness — to deaden or destroy any connection with it, and the pain of struggling with our higher and primordial selves, godhead, consciousness or whatever we choose to call the “divine” or sacred dimension and forms. Synthesis echoes the alchemical coagula, attempting to counter the fragmentation of the ego, to put the pieces back together in an increasingly chaotic world devoid of the in-dwelling sacred.

Realizing our separateness from the whole is a privilege given to gods. When our separateness realizes its divinity, it realizes that the microcosm is truly the macrocosm, “as above so below”. Ego has been characterized as sinful since we realized our nakedness. Without such separation, which Jung termed “individuation”, nothing can be achieved in the name of the Great Work.

Our feelings, thoughts, and needs, as well as our inherent beliefs and spiritual essence are composed of energy.  The reintegration of the earthly and spiritual aspects of being in the alchemical marriage reunites us with Cosmos. The light of the soul is the barometer of being, reflecting our humility and inflations, our compassion for our fellows and our hubris. Literally and metaphorically, we ceaselessly yearn for more light – sunlight, torchlight, incandescent light, illumination. Light is a metaphor for energy, life, and knowledge. When you head into the light be sure to pack your sunscreen.

Cosmic pattern recognition is the root of shamanic human culture from Paleolithic and Neolithic times. Humans have always pursued cosmology (the linking field), seeing cosmic patterns at work. Perhaps the greatest ancient discovery was the Precession of the Equinoxes, a recurrent 26,000 year cycle, leading to the model of astrological Ages and the mytheme of Eternal Return and The Great Year. Jung took an interest in astrology because he found it archetypally predictive, including the wheel of time and opposites.


Existential Shockwave; Worldview Warfare


The change of Age, to one of “information” such as we face now, was always considered a challenging time of crisis and chaos as old ways die while new forms emerge. Images permeate our inner and outer life. Therefore, today we find the mindscape riddled with the transitional, messianic, and apocalyptic memes of “2012”, the Rapture, and Ascensionism. Or, is “borgification” the shape of things to come, as encoded in the “Singularity” archetype or meme? In the New Media electronic info-culture we’ve all become cyborgs with machine-extended senses. Will machines become more conscious than we are by 2050, and begin self-replicating throughout the universe? This is a macro version of the world destroying “grey-goo theory” prompted by nanotech proliferation nightmares in the mid-1980s.

A crisis can be a blessing when it gets us to the devastating point where the pain of letting go is less than the pain of hanging on to a self-system that is so undeniably wounding. Not just the world, but “psyche” is in a time of crisis as demonstrated by the modern apocalyptic imagination, the economics of the spiritual marketplace, the commodification of countercultural values, and the cult of celebrity reign supreme. We must acknowledge the variety of manifest emotional and active responses globally to the onslaught of crises facing humanity and the centrality of psyche in articulating, holding and acting on these concerns, in a fragile world in turmoil.


The Physics of Creation


Our universe and everything we know always seems to eventually lead us to the conclusion that we live in a holographic reality. From cosmology to quantum physics, our scientists today are truly having a troublesome time trying to explain the nature of our reality. How can we draw the extreme conclusion that our world is only an illusion and what does that mean when we want to know our place in the cosmos?

We’ve always wanted to understand our origins, going right back to creation stories or creation myths. Physics connects the largest and smallest things in the Cosmos: “As Above; So Below”.  It is our common story because, for the first time, humans have an origin story that transcends our regional, religious, and tribal differences. That is, at least in theory. The flip side is that there is no consensus in physics, behind rather desperate attempts to rescue the Standard Theory from oblivion and the proliferation of orthodox and heterodox models. What may be closer is that we have a fantasy about how we think this has revolutionized our world.

The narratives of the past were as clear as the grossly limited understandings, beliefs, superstitions and power structures of their times allowed them to be. What is the point of chasing an ancient past that we are ill-equipped to understand in its original context? It is a sure path to detour or derailment in all conclusions resulting from it, if we take it literally.

Old ideas are rediscovered, and succeeding generations find new applications for these ideas, valid and illusory. Other ideas become obsolete, while others are retrieved. People identify with their beliefs, and they identify with their own self-image most strongly and enthusiastically — even desperately. Both “official culture” and denial can lead to tunnel vision, medieval and older mindsets.

We need to differentiate between lies and truth not only “out there”, but more importantly in ourselves. Most people can’t face the lies “out there” because they can’t face the many lies in themselves, which make up part of their existence, from popular held beliefs about politics, government, religion, education, family, etc., up to more subtle lies we tell ourselves to make our lives more “comfortable” and justified. Ideology and culture intersect in explanatory power that has real effects, regardless of the truth value of those explanations.

Questioned on any of the mass-accepted beliefs we may have to reevaluate our own lives and realize we may have been largely living a lie. Truth is not always pleasant. However, there is no judgment in truth. It only IS, neither “good” nor “bad”. Because of the identification with certain beliefs that make up their whole life and existence, people tend to ignore truth and/or the lies they tell themselves. We tend to build buffers, excuses and all forms of denial to keep our “world view” intact. Ultimately we defend and argue limitations and the prison we are in to defend false ego states. We defend our tragic social systems the same way.

This is why Jung noted, “People will do anything, no matter how absurd, to stop from facing their souls.” And he goes on to say, “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.”

In short, if people can’t face the lies within themselves, they will never be able to face the lies in the world and find truth within and without. Their whole life just becomes way of shutting oneself out from anything that may be a “threat” to their beliefs and way of life. As the Russian mystic Gurdjieff wrote: “In order to understand the interrelation of truth and falsehood in life, a man must understand falsehood in himself, the constant incessant lies he tells himself.” Hence, the most important aspect in life is to Know Thyself.

In “States of Denial”, (Cambridge), Stanley Cohen remarks that “the scientific discourse misses the fact that the ability to deny is an amazing human phenomenon […] a product of sheer complexity of our emotional, linguistic, moral and intellectual lives.” He writes that Denial is a complex “unconscious defense mechanism for coping with guilt, anxiety and other disturbing emotions aroused by reality.“ Even skepticism and solipsistic arguments – including epistemological relativism – about the existence of objective truth, are generally a social construction.

Much of the value of studying these ‘Holy Grail-type’ notions, in science, psychology and philosophy, comes from making connections across disciplines and ultimately building up our intellectual muscle power — conceptual background. Learning different perspectives from our own is a primary source of human creativity. It can also be fallacious. To the extent such ideas spark insight they may help us move forward, but new ideas in reductionistic form can stall progress, too.

We know more than previous generations and have caused more problems than previous generations. The future we craft together depends on transformational dialogue and sharing worldviews. Exponential growth must be curbed to avoid catastrophic consequences. Decisions made now have effects over a very long period.

There is a hidden revolution in science today. Instead of focus on a part, focus has moved to relationships. A psyche capable of manipulating forms can create logical relationships, but logic remains a limited tool. Imaginal images have enabled interaction, projection and cultural expansion. The human capacity itself is an extension of nature.

Images and symbols, like language, can be ambiguous. Piantadosi et al (2011) have shown that all efficient communication systems will be ambiguous, assuming that context is informative about meaning. They also argue that ambiguity allows for greater ease of processing by permitting efficient linguistic units to be re-used. We can imagine the same is true for symbols. Theoretical analysis suggests that ambiguity is a functional property of language that allows for greater communicative efficiency.

So, instead of what something is, we look instead toward what something is doing and its non-deterministic effects on whole systems. The solutions lie not in the past but the future-perfect tense. Still, the near future is unlikely to be perfect. Furthermore, the nature of that future is a wide-open field, subject to endless confabulation — personal and collective delusion. The ability to shift approaches with agility and speed is the essence of future adaptation.

We sense we are ending and yet just beginning because both are simultaneously and timelessly true. Humanity’s race is against time toward the great Unknown. The perennial question remains, “What is wrong with the world and why is it that way?” Religion, philosophy, nor systems theory have been able to do more than balance out the negative, much like Yin and Yang. Transcendental religions seek to escape time and its dichotomies altogether.

The treasures of cultural history and spontaneous renewal reside within this living field, our connection with the primal source of life and parallel phenomena. The history of the world emerges from the multidimensional field of possibilities. Somehow life works despite infinite deviations. Viability can be anticipated if not planned. But we’ve outgrown Earth’s carrying capacity.

Though barely aware of them, we are tied together by deep processes. We can learn to consciously understand and apply, rather than destructively act out these eternal patterns. We must learn to recognize what is being revealed even though it is always open to interpretation. We are also subject to delusions and misperceptions, so we need to learn discernment. We need to focus on our own dynamic process, not just its finite contents, personalistic signs and symbols.

Archetypes of Nature and the Nature of Archetypes

Jung reduced archetypes to a select few that mostly matched up with ancient godforms that described human behavior sets and transformational forces. But archetypes are not limited to that in any way. The forces of nature and the elements have always been considered archetypal — floods, hurricanes, volcanoes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fire, ocean, river, mountain, cave, stars, lightning, voidspace — the abyss of the transcendent imagination. Nietzsche famously claimed, ‎”And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

The Unconscious Mind is not unconscious at all. Only the conscious mind is unconscious of the consciousness of the Unconscious Mind.  There are archetypes emerging in science that have an ancient history in symbolism with meaningful messages that resound through the ages: “Turning and turning within the widening gyre…” They have been resurrected in scientific forms to explain even the mathematical mysteries of the microcosm and the macrocosm: vortex, gyre, spiral, solitons, toroids, entanglement, spin, singularity, black holes, flower of life, fractal iteration, interference patterns, and more. (Card)


Interference Patterns

Is reality an enormous interference pattern? It has become increasingly plausible that the energy that powers the universe, which some call the unified or zero point field and others call God, is consciousness. It is this consciousness projected through the interference pattern of energy waves that gives rise to us, all that we perceive and that which we do not. Even what we perceive as solid objects are all manifestations of wave energy forms.

We can view scientific notions metaphorically, noting particularly their similarities and differences and their multiple dimensions. Is an attractor basin and a gravity well essentially the same metaphor? Space is never empty, since it is full of virtual pairs. Black holes draw everything into their sphere. Near a black hole the negative virtual particle is drawn into the black hole, while the positive radiates away (Hawking radiation). A binary black hole merger replicates the form of the inspiraling double helix, seen in DNA, at the macrocosmic level, creating enormous singularities at the event horizon. Fiat Lux. Such massive jets create shockwaves – gravity waves

Is there a hierarchy of singularities in light fields? If we live in a holographic universe, and the principle of “As Above, So Below” prevails, then the nature and intensities of interference patterns is crucial. Interference is another name for wave propagation. It is this interference pattern that is imprinted on the recording medium in a hologram. According to diffraction theory, each point in the object acts as a point source of light. Is interference itself, cycling between interference, entanglement and interference, more than a metaphor? There is primordial darkness in the light as well as radiant effulgence.

Photon interference among distant quantum emitters is a promising method to generate large scale quantum networks. Interference is best achieved when photons show long coherence times. For the nitrogen-vacancy defect center in diamond we measure the coherence times of photons via optically induced Rabi oscillations. Experiments reveal a close to Fourier-transform (i.e., lifetime) limited width of photons emitted even when averaged over minutes. The projected contrast of two-photon interference (0.8) is high enough to envisage applications in quantum information processing. (Batalov et al)

Perhaps even sterile theories can be mined for metaphorical gold, prospecting for data.  We can make a psychological axiom, that when the parallels in physics are strong, the results are useful. One of the classic metaphors is that “light” can also mean perception or consciousness. It brings to mind the significance of signal-to-noise ratios and a variety of other possible transformations that can be applied to the human scale. Is it more than compensatory to think that perhaps the symbolic nature of the unconscious is the natural and fuller state of things — a reflection of fuller consciousness?

During this writing, a synchronistic communication occurred mirroring such ideas, unearthing the mythic life: “the symbolic nature of the unconscious is the natural state of things”, precisely. C. G. Carus and Schelling affirmed that in 1940 the symbolic language of the unconscious (Traumbildsprache) is the language of Nature. The unconscious is Nature in us. Hence, from the point of view of the human psyche, everything is symbolic. (The Centaur in Pasolini’s
Medea<em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””> says so in a beautiful way). Yet questions remain. If projection is attributing unconscious contents to the object of observation, now when we try to observe our unconscious terrains… we can detect some projections in our feedback, but what is the reason that although this projection tells us about unconscious materials, it is not equal to the observed ones? (Private letter; Henrickson)

The universe is the sum of the interaction of all waves that are correlated. Interference usually refers to the interaction of waves that are correlated or are in phase, and destructive interference when they are half a cycle out of phase. The use of two-photon interference allows entanglement. Cabrillo et al suggest creation of entangled states of different atoms by interference.

Does the fine structure of light have something to do with focusing? Diffraction patterns are wave dislocations or line singularities. A polarized wavefield is an even finer structure of singularities. The singularities of geometrical optics are systematized by catastrophe theory. Partial decoherence comes from rays with widely differing paths of differences. (Nye)

Caustics dissolve into intricate interference patterns which catastrophe theory describes as emergent semiclassical phenomena called diffraction catastrophes. In spectral universality, if we consider quantum systems whose classical mechanical treatment is chaotic, we find that the statistics of the spectra of all such systems is the same. Spectral universality is nonclassical, because it is a property of discrete energy levels, and it is semiclassically emergent because the number of levels increases in the classical limit.. As we generalize to a deeper theory, the singularities of the old theory are dissolved and replaced by new ones. (Berry)

When is a rainbow a catastrophe? In optics, “Catastrophes” are at the heart of many fascinating optical phenomena.

The bright side of the rainbow (below the primary bow) shows a delicate interference pattern.  Catastrophe optics describes the wave properties of ray singularities. In the hierarchy of physical concepts, wave optics refines and embraces ray optics, and quantum optics rules above wave optics. So, what would be the quantum effects of wave catastrophes? First, what are quantum catastrophes? It might be a good idea to begin with an example, the black hole. When a star collapses to a black hole an event horizon is formed, cutting space into two disconnected regions. Seen from an outside observer, time stands still at the horizon freezing all motion. A light wave would freeze as well, propagating with ever-shrinking wavelength. Potential quantum effects of such a wave singularity are effects of the quantum vacuum. The gravitational collapse of the star into the black hole has swept along the vacuum. The vacuum thus shares the fate of an inward-falling observer. Yet such an observer would not notice anything unusual at the event horizon. (Leonhardt)

Singularities, chaos and order depend on our perspective or level of observation: there is a problematic relation between the presence of chaos in classical mechanics and its absence in quantum mechanics. If classical mechanics is the limit of quantum mechanics when Planck’s constant h can be ignored, why does a system appear nonchaotic according to quantum mechanics and yet chaotic when we set h = 0? Moreover, if all systems obey quantum mechanics, including macroscopic ones like the moon, why do they evolve chaotically?  This problem is located within a larger one: namely the mathematical reduction of one theory to another. His claim is that many of the problems associated with reduction arise because of singular limits, which both obstruct the smooth reduction of theories and point to rich “borderland physics” between theories. The limit h _ 0 is one such singular limit, and this fact sheds light on the problem of reduction in several ways. First of all, nonclassical phenomena will emerge as h _ 0. Secondly, the limit of long times (t _ ñ), which are required for chaos to emerge in classical mechanics, and the limit h _ 0, do not commute, creating further difficulties. To illustrate the role of singularities in the semiclassical limit, first consider a simple example: two incident beams of coherent light. Quantum mechanics predicts interference fringes, and these fringes persist as h _ 0 due to the singularity in the quantum treatment. But in the geometrical-optics form of classical physics (where the wave-like nature of light is ignored) there are no fringes, only the simple addition of two light sources. To regain the correspondence principle between classical and quantum mechanics we must first average over phase-scrambling effects due to the influence of the physical environment in a process called “decoherence .” (Michael Berry)

In optics, a caustic or caustic network is the envelope of light rays reflected or refracted by a curved surface or object, or the projection of that envelope of rays on another surface. There is a parallel between the physics of optical caustics and protein-folding. How does energy from diverse small sources drive a complex molecule to a unique state? Perhaps the missing factor is in the geometry.

Berry claims, “A putative underlying physical link between caustics and folding is a torsion wave of non-constant wave speed, propagating on the dihedral angles and found in an analytical model of the molecule. The translation of genetic information, which is encoded in the DNA, into uniquely folded proteins defines a central mechanism in all living cells. The first stages of the process, entailing the translation of the information into an amino acid sequence in the protein, have been understood for a long time. The final step, the folding of the protein into a unique native state, remains an intensely active research field.”

The optical field, including the caustic, is an interference pattern which requires no additional energy to form. There are only a finite number of caustics that can be uniquely characterized geometrically. Also, the formation of caustics is strikingly insensitive to perturbations. The theory of caustics entails the application of mathematics to the propagation of electromagnetic waves subject to various boundary conditions.

One of researchers’ motivations for comparing caustics and folding is the appearance of waves and solitons in an analytic molecular model. One issue is that caustics are a wave phenomenon (although geometric optics also gives a complete picture of caustics). Do torsion waves on the molecule backbone, disrupted by heterogeneities in the arrangement of amino acids, form singular points which direct the folding into elementary geometric catastrophes in short segments? Does bond formation subsequently alter the shape? (Simmons).

In a new discovery, scientists using the Spitzer Infrared Space Telescope detected tiny specks of matter, or particles, consisting of stacked buckyballs. They found the particles around a pair of stars called “XXOphiuchi,” 6,500 light-years from Earth, and detected enough to fill the equivalent in volume to 10,000 Mount Everests. In 2010, Spitzer first identified definitely these exotic particles. He later identified the molecules in a host of different cosmic environments. He even found them in staggering quantities, the equivalent in mass to 15 Earth moons, in a nearby galaxy called the Small Magellanic Cloud.

“This exciting result suggests that buckyballs are even more widespread in space than the earlier Spitzer results showed,” said Mike Werner, project scientist for Spitzer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. “They may be an important form of carbon, an essential building block for life, throughout the cosmos.” (Spitzer)

The archetypal nature of such translatable models is highlighted by a recent paper (“Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life”, Andrulis, 2012), first released as “scientific” then retracted from peer-review because no one can understand it. It is based entirely on a decidedly heterodox non-mathematical model of the gyre to explain all domains of existence and information morphology. It claims to unite atomic and cosmic realms. This paper highlights the apparent stranglehold archetypes have on the nature of our thinking and conceptualization. That is, if the notion of archetypes themselves holds up. Right or wrong, it shows the power of primordial symbols to attract and fascinate us and bend our thinking.

A quantum approach may be clearer: We are pieced together out of atoms. Atoms are made from protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are made of quarks. Quarks and electrons, as far as we know, are elementary particles, with nothing smaller inside.  Andrulis contends the gyre is the caged electron. Science thinks of the electron as something that circles so fast around a center proton so as to have the properties of a cloud around the proton with varying strengths here and there. But in the microtubule there is no proton to cloud around. It is not the case where the cloud behavior of the electron is sometimes associated with the beta molecule and then it jumps over to the other molecule as most seem to imagine.

The caged electron has no proton to center around and forms a gyre or tornado or vortex or cyclotron orbit instead. The gyre or electron cloud is forced to form by the Van Der Wall forces between the opposing repelling molecules.

Sometimes the flow of vibrations from one molecule excites the gyre and sometimes the flow from both molecules excites the electron gyre. The gyre can be squeezed or expanded. The gyre has a singularity which is made of photons emitted during the excitation of the gyre or electron cloud in cyclotron orbit. The brain recreates the behavior of the gyre. Life is delayed entropy and what delays the entropy is the incomplete dissipation of information in the singularity held by the gyre.

Vortex-motion has been suggested from pre-history to account for creation, and is with us today in other modern theories of black hole singularities at the core of all matter. Heterodox theories often show more archetypal influence than conventional theories, as they tend to be idiosyncratic. This one is based on the premise that any cycle that exists in nature—in physical, chemical, or biological systems—may be viewed as a gyre.  The ground state is the base of the gyre. Gyre collapse occurs by two extreme means: overcontraction or overexpansion.

Because it is so unabashedly archetypal in nature, it illustrates the point that conventional and heterodox theories, in general, are archetypally molded. The gyre is suggested as a basic and concrete model of broad applicability, a profound heuristic, and an unchanging form that changes. Further, nested gyres evidently fulfill many of the modeling requirements of complexity, emergence, chaos, systems, information, and evolutionary theory.

Andrulis claims his theory organizes scales across all domains by feedforward and feedback between, among, and within nested gyrosystems, and that all physical systems, particles, and phenomena in the microcosmic and macrocosmic realms obey a vortical trajectory. He claims to demonstrate that, “that each gyrosystem singularity represents the origin of that gyrosystem. In other words, the singularity is the beginning and the end, the thermodynamic source and the sink of each cycle.”

His metaphysics reflects a conceptual surety of an “elegant solution to the origin, evolution, and nature of life in the cosmos.”: “The gyre models the living universe perfectly. I have been unable to find one system, particle, event, or process—at any point or stage leading up to or during the origin of life—that does not consent to modeling onto the gyre form. In other words, there is no “before” or “after” the gyre in a spacetime sense; the gyre is evolutionarily and existentially omnipresent. This theory proves that the gyre is the long-sought invisible and inevitable metaphysical element of the universe, fulfilling a philosophical goal that dates to ancient Greece…”

The central idea of this theory is that all physical reality, stretching from the so-called inanimate into the animate realm and from micro- to meso- to macrocosmic scales, can be interpreted and modeled as manifestations of a single geometric entity, the gyre. This entity is attractive because it has life-like characteristics, undergoes morphogenesis, and is responsive to environmental conditions. 

The gyromodel depicts the spatiotemporal behavior and properties of elementary particles, celestial bodies, atoms, chemicals, molecules, and systems as quantized packets of information, energy, and/or matter that oscillate between excited and ground states around a singularity. The singularity, in turn, modulates these states by alternating attractive and repulsive forces. The singularity itself is modeled as a gyre, thus evincing a thermodynamic, fractal, and nested organization of the gyromodel. In fitting the scientific evidence from quantum gravity to cell division, this theory arrives at an understanding of life that questions traditional beliefs and definitions.

The gyromodel depicts the spatiotemporal behavior and properties of elementary particles, celestial bodies, atoms, chemicals, molecules, and systems as quantized packets of information, energy, and/or matter that oscillate between excited and ground states around a singularity. The singularity, in turn, modulates these states by alternating attractive and repulsive forces. The singularity itself is modeled as a gyre, thus evincing a thermodynamic, fractal, and nested organization of the gyromodel. In fitting the scientific evidence from quantum gravity to cell division, this theory arrives at an understanding of life that questions traditional beliefs and definitions (Andrulis).


Natural Laws & Ordering Principles


These primordial forms, geometries, and pre-geometrical dynamics are the archetypes of nature, at levels more fundamental than those of personification. As our penetration of our own depths and those of nature deepens, we become cognizant of the primordial nature of such symbols in our personal and collective life.

Personified archetypes were well-covered in the 20th century, but in the 21st we need to revision our view of the essential meaning of archetypes and what is archetypal to include the raw nature of archetypes, not just the archetypes of nature. Energy has shape…and that shape emerges from the vacuum potential. As the Heart Sutra implies, form is not other than void and void is not other than form. In this sense, all of manifestation is archetypal.

The vacuum is an observable emptiness that is a virtual plenum. It is spacetime, massless charge, electrostatic scalar potential, broken bits (subquantal) of energy, pure virtual particle flux, zero-vector wave flux, multilevel, structured, patterned. It is all things and contains all things in potential state.  It is not, in that it is not observable. But from it comes all observables. It is both ordered and disordered, simultaneously. The vacuum is the absence of charged spinning particles of observable mass.

In the presence of a spinning charged particle, in a del-phi which contains electron-vortex-holes to mesh with, the charged particle attaches itself to the moving del-phi flux gradient, moving itself with the river.  This produces an Ë field.  The Ë-field CONSISTS OF the smeared electron,  it does not CAUSE THE MOVEMENT of the electron.  It is an effect, not a cause.  The conventional equation for del-phi equals E is correct for matter waves in electron gases; it is not correct in vacuum itself. A spinning charged particle, when it hooks to a spin-hole in a del-phi river, MOVES ITSELF. 


Electromagnetic waves in vacuum are scalar longitudinal waves of alternate compression and rarefaction of the vacuum virtual particle flux. That is, they are waves of electrostatic potential. They are zero-vector waves. They are internally structured and patterned. They usually contain electron “spin holes” unless made in a fashion so as to make opposing spin holes that cancel each other. Since they are pure phi-waves, they need not be limited in velocity to the speed of light. They are hyperspatial waves. They are waves in the virtual state itself. 


Both poles in the virtual substructure remain as a translated scalar magnetic field. There’s a virtual flux to and from each observable particle of charged mass in the observable state. Accelerated portions — atoms with electrons in whirling orbit, spinning electrons, protons, etc. — possess nonzero ordinary vector magnetic fields by translation.  There are successive interlocking levels of reality, all the way from deep in the virtual state into interlocking levels in the observable state
.” (Bearden)

Matter conceptually arises from our perception of the universe. In the computational analogy the universe is a virtual reality – it is ‘made’ of computation and information. Only through virtual senses does it seem to be ‘solid’. Existence is a field of consciousness, our personal consciousness is an aspect of the cosmic consciousness and with a focused awareness we participate in that field. By interacting with the underlying energy and information we may influence it, then when our senses perceive the situation it seems that ‘matter’ has been influenced – but that matter is just the underlying energy and information as it appears to our senses.

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi mystic poet said, “The nature of reality is this: It is hidden, and it is hidden, and it is hidden.”

Physical reality is not absolute. Science has tried to find the fundamental building blocks of matter, but has been stymied. It simply depends on the assumptions and theory you use with the level of observation: cosmological, molecular, atomic or subatomic. Now the quark (theoretically point-sized), long thought the smallest unit discernable, is giving way to finer distinctions — a whole new level of the makeup of matter.

In The Quantum Brain, Jeffrey Satinover describes, “a world in which one can comfortably argue the dynamics of interference among multiple universes both forward and backward in time; can ask seriously, as did Feynman and Wheeler, whether every electron in the universe is the same one, just reappearing through multiple loops in time.”

Lee Smolin is not a fan of Many Worlds Interpretation, (MWI), but he describes its anomaly: “only an observer who lived outside the universe who had somehow the same relation to the whole universe that we may have towards some atoms of gas in a container, could observe this quantum state of the universe. . .it is only such an observer who could know all of reality.”

Creation may come from nothingness (ex nihilo), but it doesn’t travel very far from it when closely examined. It only and ever manifests as quantum potentiality, though it appears particle-like. This includes both the so-called organic and inorganic matter. The universe is more like a dream than concrete.

In fact, there is no such thing as solid matter at all, no hordes of tiny particles. All manifestations are reduced to probability waves in quantum mechanics – an ephemeral yet living field. In “Helix to Hologram”, this author has suggested elsewhere that the so-called material world is a projection of a frequency domain, fields within fields, tuned with resonance, light and sound. This holographic concept of reality requires the unperceived information background as its basis. Both particle and field exist only in the implicate order.

Light is even more ephemeral. As Wolf (2000) describes, “When we see light, we really don’t see light at all; we see an effect appearing as a result of light pushing and pulling on the matter making up our sensory bodies. We see matter moving. Light itself is really out of this world and, as far as I can tell, out of any parallel world we wish to think about.”


Conclusions

The most theories provide is the best explanation. Explanation not prediction is the point of science. We explain the world in terms of embedded hierarchies of substructures and superstructures. Each appears as a thing in itself with specialized functions and dynamics. Physics determines what can be computed, including the information capabilities of matter and energy underlying physical dynamics and deeper sub-quantal levels.

Reality consists of continually diverging and converging waves unfolding from the information level, but that is another story, as is the physics of consciousness. The mind arises from the laws of matter. While some scientists are trying to describe matter as consciousness others are trying to reduce consciousness to matter.

A thought of a thing is not that thing, but it is not nothing either. Our thoughts about the ultimate nature of reality affect that reality at the metaphysical level. As intuitive Jorge Luis Borges said, “Time forks perpetually toward innumerable futures.” All that can happen, must happen. The outdated notion of our universe is an idea, not a reality. As an idea it has been proven obsolete.

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Reblogged with the kind permission of Iona Miller

ESOTERICS: THE NEW DOPE ~ Iona Miller

Through-the-Viel-Jake-Kobrinart by Jake Kobrin

Dancing On the Roof of the Invisible World
By Iona Miller, 8/2008

If you don’t pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.

‘Everything that relates, whether closely or more distantly to psychic phenomena and to the action of psychic forces in general should be studied just like any other science. There is nothing miraculous or supernatural in them, nothing that should engender or keep alive superstition. Psychic training rationally and scientifically conducted, can lead to desirable results. That is why the information gained about such training . . . constitutes useful documentary evidence worthy of our attention.’ Alexandra David-Neel (1931:xiii)
Iona Miller brings a unique background to the overlapping arenas of parapsychology and intelligence work. Her close contact with experts in the field brings a level of comprehension beyond that of most conspiracy and freedom writers. In addition, her work in metaphysics and psychotherapeutics, as well as art and paramedia ecology, brings a depth and aesthetic mere reporters cannot duplicate. Ms. Miller works with the world’s top physicists, transpersonal psychologists, intel officers from several agencies, and a host of “usual suspects.” Take a walk on the wild side of ESP(iona)ge and see what that clandestine world has to offer and how it works. Ms. Miller specializes in Do It Yourself (DIY) Mind Control Countermeasures.

Introduction

Esoterics! It’s dope. This complex fusion of glamour, power and mystery is the coolest thing on the planet. Esoteric cults are too numerous to count. Those who can’t resonate with others start their own eclectic brands.

This exotic subject and way of being is challenging, so deep you can never fully comprehend nor master it. But, any way you look at it, it’s dope. It is, by definition, an altered state of consciousness. What hyperreality ideas are you mainlining? What disinformation is being thought injected into you?

Are we being hopped up, wired and tranquilized with a deluge of trumped up new age philosophy that plays to our enculturated narcissism? Why does esoterics have such a narcotic effect? What are the rewards that trigger our dopamine circuits and maybe even the psychedelic DMT of the pineal gland, or Third Eye? Is the Astral Plane the primordial Virtual Reality?

Why are so many convinced esoterics is the panacea of post-postmodern life when it comes from a pre-technological era? Maybe new age philosophy is an Aquarian Conspiracy cooked up by the spychologists of Tavistock Institute, but Intelligence itself isn’t immune to its own psycho-babble propaganda and unconventional beliefs. The confluence of these two currents is the domain of ‘conspirituality.’

Have we been trained to “want to believe” by manipulating the same superstitious mindbody circuits exploited since neolithic shamanism by magicians and spies? Have we just built ourselves a bigger conceptual box with more wiggle room? Is The Secret of quantum mind really ‘out of the Schrodinger’s Box thinking’ or the latest manufactured meme? Can we really manifest a qualitativly higher level of our potential, individually and collectively? Then where are the Homo Lumen?

Why do we get high on esoterics? Why do we fantasize about mind over matter? How can we be so sure, when we take on an inner mission that we are not just tilting at windmills? Why do we get so defensive when our beliefs are challenged? Could it have something to do with our perennial struggles to control destiny, to manifest our will? Critical situations call for critical thinking. With human survival at stake, we need to question our paradigms.

Sex and the Siddhi

Siddhis is the ancient mystic name for psychic phenomena. Mind expansion increases the potential of unusual powers. Personal power (chi, mana, prana) comes from libido, sexual and psychic energy. Sexual techniques (Tantra, Kundalini, Sex Magic, Taoist Alchemy) have been used in the east and west to raise amplitude in libido, to build energy charge. Yet, it is said that cultivating these powers is a distraction from Reality, from Enlightenment.

At the personal level, esoterics is the soft technology of self-development and change at the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. It means initiatory ordeals and challenging confrontations with yourself about the reality of nature and your own nature. To stay out on your personal edge means always being just a little off balance, at home in the chaos, alert to the resonating gaps in awareness.

At the dynamic group level, it is all this and something more. Esoteric caduceus coils wind like an ancient serpent throughout society. It has been a clandestine sociopolitical 5th column force at least since the Renaissance, in Elizabethan times, and certainly since the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati, Freemasonry and Rosicrucianism. Many societies have a history of influence peddling as a cover for espionage.

Hitler’s occult motivations with the SS are well-documented. Less well-known is that he drew his ideas for an Aryan nation from the Theosophical Bible, The Secret Doctrine. Einstein also derived his most-famous equation from the well-used annotated copy of Madame Blavatsky’s tome he always kept on his desk.

Drawing Out the Inner Nature

Perhaps Intelligence knows something we don’t about the weird phenomena and psi-strat they term ‘Esoterics’ with its ‘Wizard’ practitioners. But is it expanding our sense of reality or merely diverting our attention from what should be more compelling matters of existence?

Even intelligence officers will claim everything from being UFO/ET abductees, to Time Travellers, to reincarnations of famous historical figures. They absolutely believe what they are saying and act from it. Watergate bagman and uber-spook E. Howard Hunt became interested in the occult from the historical incident that inspired The Exorcist. A disproportionate number of CIA Case Officers come from the cryptic, ritualistic Skull & Bones secret society.

Wired for Weirdness

Spooks really ARE spooky, even if they often stick to just one area of the paranormal. The nature of spying is looking for the ghost in the machine. They are as much or more fascinated by the Great Unknown than the general public and as likely to consult Edgar Cayce as Jane’s Intelligence Review.

How different is scenario modelling from foretelling the future? Remote Viewing at SRI was financed by CIA during the Cold War to the tune of $13M. With RVers, Precogs, AugCogs and electronic dope, no philosopher’s stone has been left unturned in the search for more intelligent intelligence. They quit trying to find it and retooled to invent it.

There are lots of smart people around, but what sets genius apart is its unflagging novel creativity. Genius isn’t something you are, but something you have or occasionally experience as it flows through as unique innovation or insight. The transformation from ordinary to extraordinary, by embodying your own genius, by hyperdimensionally supercharging your field body, is what esoterics is about. Naturally it has its own challenges and inherent rewards.

Esoterics changes your subjective point of view to the transpersonal observer self. For those who resonate and are attracted to the subject, the esoteric lure of mystery is as magnetic and compelling as any drug. Esoterics creates its own unique brain cocktail at every stage of the process/goal. Its addicts are as compulsive as any dope fiends, perhaps more so, since they haven’t created their own deprogramming or recovery programs.

We are driven and Mystery is at the heart of that drive, whether it is the esoterics of the occult, esoteric espionage, New Age philosophy, esoteric electronics, or the clandestine Great Game of spooks and kooks. The poison is the cure. Nothing is what it seems. Esoterics is a radically different point of view and level of observation. When you get there, you aren’t just “you.”

Do It Yourself Countermeasures

Get an overview of the “Big Picture,” the way Reality and the world actually works. This is not the world you think you live in, and perhaps not the one you wish you lived in, but it is time for a Reality Check. There are many threads of historical antecedents that have made our world what it is today. From the dawn of civilization a secretive priesthood has been the power behind the throne.

Among active factions in esoterics are the Illuminati and other western and eastern secret societies which function as behind-the-scenes social engineers of global cultural life. Your lack of belief in such agendas doesn’t mean it isn’t so. Their ability to affect you transcends your personal beliefs because they work through your hard-wired circuits, cradle to grave. The commodification of new age personalities is also manipulated by the cryptocracy.

They create the Romanesque “Spectacle” of distractions to dull your vision – as misdirection so you don’t look behind the curtain. They train you to their behavioral, academic and job market specs. Paradoxically, they may be caught in the esoteric webwork of their own machinations. It is unavoidable. Do It Yourself mind control countermeasures may be your only effective protection against ESPionage, but even your reactions have been accounted for in the grand scheme of things.

Numerous factions, each with their own agenda are trying to hack the global system and hijack your mind. TAKE IT BACK. “Be Your Own Reality Pilot;” “Be Under the Influence of Yourself,” as the sayings go. This is a map of the terrain and a scorecard of the primary players and their plans for dominating the hidden interior and exterior landscape of international politics, power, economics and culture. Make no mistake; they have climbed inside your head.

Arcana

The occult is one of the keys to world events; reality is also defined by politics. Like nature, history is cyclic and can be manipulated. Drug companies are as powerful as banks and oil. Corporate feudalism has replaced democracy as the new elitist rule. Corporations compete with shadowy nation-states and international mafia-style crime rings. All of them employ electronic dope from television and gaming, to nonlthal weapons and HAARP in the war for your cooperation and mind control.

It takes intelligence to be a magician, but a magician can also be an active agent of intelligence, figuratively and literally. The real question is, rather, how and why and who and what do these things serve? Restoring self and society is the essential wisdom of the Grail. But this quest can be co-opted for narcissistic or pathological ends. The Secret Doctrine can introduce both positive and negative praeternatural forces.

Secret Missions

Who is served by the Holy Grail of occult knowledge? What is the Grail, and whom does it serve? The secret is in the power and the power is in The Secret. It is a meaningless metaphor without the experiential process of self-transformation to back it up. That’s why it can’t be told. It is the panacea, a personal path of recovery for “what ails thee.” The Grail is a metaphor for connection to the mystical Source of everything, the ever-renewing Fount of all manifestation – creative potential.

All paths lead toward a personal journey of transformation and enlightenment, though not all journeys fulfill the total potential of creativity, compassion, engagement, and spirituality. On a classical “hero’s journey” like Parcival, when you find the Grail, and are called to its service, no knowledge remains hidden for long.

Magick was the first transdisciplinarian occupation, drawing on all areas of knowledge as well as what we now call performance art. Before science divorced the occult arts it was called Natural Philosophy. Before everyone over-specialized [became more and more expert at less and less], they were what Buckminster Fuller called ‘generalists.’ He claimed kings made smart people become specialists so they wouldn’t see through the royal racket.

Trump Card

A Magus is a “worker of magic” which eludes rational definition, since magic happens in the gaps of reality, the unborn potential of the Abyss. The Magus is both a symbol of enlightenment and deception (disinformation)– just like the Tarot card, The Magician, is a card of duality: Wisdom and Folly.

“Now you see it; now you don’t” is the forte of the illusionist, the juggler of realities, who is master of Orwellian double-think – holding the tension of the opposites. You alternate between faith and skepticism until you go beyond the ordinary boundaries of both, slaying each thought with its opposite. Myths present themselves as systems of antinomies, or opposites: heaven/hell, good/evil, life/death. The Magus lives at the Paradox.

Traditionally, the Magus is one who can demonstrate hands-on magic: healing, mythical living, vision and foresight, transformative rituals, metaphor therapy, alchemical transmutations, charging of talismans, spirit comm, etc. Magick works on the principle that man is a microcosm of the Cosmos because a fractal representation of the whole universe is embodied in our holographic nature.

Arts Magian

A modern Magus is any person who completes the circuit between heaven and Earth, one who seeks to bring forth the divine ‘gold’ within her or himself. He or she is also a Mentor, an Initiator, divining and reading the signs and revealing deeper purpose and meaning in “the god-game.”

But that is how the outer world sees it. Every Magus has a foot in both worlds. Their inner life is mercurial, a complex psychic layer-cake of inner planes of transcendent experience where quantum leaps of consciousness are possible and messages are exchanged with the Great Unknown.

Metaphysician

Perception of what is real and what is not dims and vanishes in a whirlwind of synchronicities. Imagination is reality. Magicians understand the world we live in, or think we live in, is an illusion, a construct of our own perceptual apparatus and a malleable interpretation of our brains. Postmodern philosophy concurs as does New Physics that our perceived reality is a complex construction of our perceptions and beliefs — pure illusion.

But the hyperdimensional gifts of the Spirit come at a price. The magician taps into, becomes one with, an essence that pop culture calls The Force. Photons and phonons are quantized modes of vibration. This subatomic vibration of Light and Sound is the enlivening force, which feeds creation and allegedly responds to focused intention at the primordial level. Information controls and patterns energy.

Hermetics is a Spiritual Technology

For masters of the Hermetic Arts, all magick is wrought through this impressionable ether – the Astral Light –a plenum of potential, using true properties of nature, it’s laws, forces, and principles. Science now describes it as the scalar physics of subspace. The mage seeks to selectively establish an internal order out of this chaos, then externalize it, according to his/her vision. S/he is the soul guide who initiates the transformation process.

Among the original esoteric texts, The Hermetica included works on magic, alchemy, astrology, healing, gnosis, theurgy, ritual and philosophy. Sympathetic magic contends that like substances sharing an essence can influence one another through resonance effects. Likewise the hypnotic and magnetic qualities of charismatic individuals can create rapport with others to influence them.

The Magus power card also represents the fine line dividing white magic from black magic, toxic or malignant black ops. Sensory deprivation, loss of equilibrium, confusion techniques, social isolation, physiological stress, severe shock and ceremonial terror tactics were the forerunners of brainwashing techniques. The US employed “Shock and Awe” in Iraq as much to demoralize the people as to batter the infrastructure.

This is the realm of psychic attack and psychic self-defense, of witting and unwitting “sorcerers” stealthily vying with one another for power. Weaponized ESP can affect the body, mind and soul of one’s opponent. But it can boomerang back on the sender 3-fold, according to the cautionary prescription.

Undercover

Power can be used in either a self-serving manner, or as one in service to the All. In order for The Magus to achieve his aims, there must be constant awareness and self-examination, pressing on and exploring one’s boundaries, breaking through into the boundless realms. The archetypal Shadow can creep in at any time both in personal and national or international interaction.

This is also the Trump of discernment. The Magus can discriminate between various realities and fantasies, between various points of view, without buying into any belief system, literally. The sorcerer orchestrates and works within others’ belief systems, choosing from the palette of compelling philosophical and spiritual ideals.

By molding worldviews, a magician creates the perception, manipulates and defines the perceived reality, creates the structure for self-organizing transformation. He believes no metanarratives but orchestrates them for others. He is an opportunistic paradigm shifter, shapeshifter, chameleon, and trickster. If you assume a role does that make it real? If not, fake it till you make it. Better to be an inspired lunatic than uninspired.

All Along the Watchtower

In the intelligence field, there is a designation nicknamed Wizard, indicating not only scientific but esoteric subject matter expertise. Cloak-and-magickal-dagger? It’s all athame to me. I know what you fear and it’s true.

Spying is a combination of praeternatural instincts and deep knowledge of how things really work. It is a world of constant observation and manipulation of the system and field of play. Game theory is not irrelevant. Every “watcher” is also “watched” from another level of game play.

What spies have in common with magicians is an uncanny ability to connect the seemingly unconnected, to notice what goes on behind the scenes and to see through misdirection ~ it takes one to know one. Both also construct and execute scenarios based on projections of undesirable and desirable futures.

It is necessary in this process of strategic intelligence collection and processing to be aware of the broadest possible contexts in which to view issues and information; to be aware of the trends of many disciplines, from religion to economics, from business to linguistics, from politics to military training, from historic social patterns to new religious trends, medicine, agriculture, science and so on.

Esoteric means, roughly, secret wisdom or intelligence derived from the Greek ‘esotericos’ meaning “inner.” Esoteric teaching may just be the Big Lie – the root deception propagated throughout history to control and suppress the masses, because the priesthood has always given kings their sanction and power. In modern life, that shadowy “priesthood” is an inner cabal of globalists whose finger is in every pie.

We are hardwired for different degrees of social compliance and interaction directly related to our worldview paradigm. Traditionalists are conventional and conservative and follow “normal” social dictates of conformity. Nonconformists can inhabit other areas of the social map. Each paradigm has it’s own model of behavior and groupthink.

–THE EVOLUTIONARY SPIRAL–

HELP ME (Basic Survival)
TRIBAL We (Collective Survival
GRATIFY Me (Immediate Wants)
RIGHTEOUS We (Stable Authority)
COMPETETIVE Me (Material Success)
HOLISTIC Us (Global Harmony)
INTERDEPENDENT Me (Sustainable World)
SPIRITUAL We (Collective Renewal)

Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is also relevant to what your own level of development allows. The Controllers are not only aware of this; they created and promoted the system just as they promoted the Aquarian Conspiracy to create New Age philosophy, actually a distracting fusion of warmed-over Theosophy and techno-utopianism. The less physical security you have, the more mere survival occupies your thoughts and time, the less confident, creative and self-actualizing you will be. Notice it is pyramidal in form with more primitive needs [and a greater population base] at the bottom.

Maslow's hierarchy of needs
When an individual, group or institution knows how you think, they can manipulate what you think. Penetration technologies are making our skin boundary no more than a persistent illusion. Electronic penetration has superceded religious, chemical and propaganda penetration with “full-spectrum dominance” of the nervous system though the later are still skillfully employed.

Who or what is controlling you and how? “In Propaganda, Jacques Ellul contends that it is the total culture in action that is propaganda, or teaching. Thus, real propaganda is environmental and invisible, like the perceptual bias of one’s native language. The counter-environments created by the artist serve to raise these hidden environments to the level of conscious appreciation.” (McLuhan, From Cliche to Archetype, 77)

We all have an internal map of reality and our beliefs generate our reality. Our main agenda is to be right about our beliefs. Values are the source and desire for motivation. Motivation comes from values; sense of safety comes from beliefs. If you create a 1-minute-movie internally about what you want to have happen, it is more effective than obsessing endlessly on what you don’t want. But naturally you have to create an action plan or it remains wishful thinking, clinically “magical thinking.”

Esoteric Espionage

The Secret is the same as it ever was: To Know, To Will, To Dare, To Keep Silent. But it only really works when your motivation aligns with necessity, when the Universe backs you up. This can be over-ridden through shadowy manipulation of the field through overt and covert means – through set ups and take downs – called psy-strat. Whether for good or evil, the name of the game is “framing reality.” Only the external show is left to diplomacy.

Who makes a good spy or a good liar? There isn’t any one answer to that, but it includes sexual vitality, charisma, being a good actor, entertainer, being a good poker player, being a good con man. Cons are opportunistic people who are sociopathic, who do not feel remorse, and who are very attuned, strangely, to other people and can read them very well. They are natural predators — takers.

If I know what you really want to hear and what is in your heart of hearts, your fondest desire, because I’m good at reading you and I’m street-smart about assessing you and accessing you, I can feed you what you want to hear. A good con man does that. A good magician does that. Intelligence officers can do that, motivated by patriotism rather than sociopathy – their ends justify the means. You also have to have a good memory.

Intelligence is the key to understanding the world today. What spies have in common with magicians is an uncanny ability to connect the seemingly unconnected, to notice what goes on behind the scenes and to see through misdirection ~ it takes one to know one. Both have learned to synthesize and interpret data, how to pace and lead people (hypno-patsies) with rapport. The opening gambit of psychological warfare and mind control is flattery.

As trained observers, magicians and spies are adept at people-reading and keeping secrets; both are actors — performers. Both are in secret societies that rely on craft and often use collaborators or confederates, and mentors. How much different is stealth and surveillance than a spell of invisibility? Each has their rules of engagement in the Great Work and the Great Game.

Clandestine Craft

Even some of the elements of tradecraft are the same. Both are cryptic, using encryptions and codes. Each has its own arcane language, symbols and rituals veiled from the profane. Remote Viewing or psychic spying is virtually identical with clairvoyance. Ceremonial psychodrama is played out in public, in personality cults and “ritual” murders – assassinations, often hiding in plain sight.

Both use passwords and slogans for security. Cryptography is now ubiquitous. Programs like Echelon monitor all domestic and foreign electronic communication. Spies and magicians both are cracking the Brain Code, the wetware of humanity.

Cryptocracy refers to a type of government where the real leaders are hidden. There may possibly be a fake government that appears to be in charge and this fake government might not know themselves that they are not in charge. It can also be used when referring to similar arrangements in organizations, orders, sects and cults.

Everywhere is Ground Zero. In military terms nonlocal psychic operations are called psychotronics. Adversaries are rogue psi operatives, psiwarriors who battle like sorcerers. Psychic self defense employs thought disruption, shielding techniques, mind drain and energy manipulation. Psionics is scientific magic ~ magecraft, the product of extraordinary human potential. Precogs, like analysts, are attuned to the future.

Deep Cover

They understand viscerally that things are often not what they seem. Both are masters of disguise, the hidden environment, intelligence, espionage, and covert action. Both aim to ‘tweak the timeline’ with small perturbations that pump up to macroscopic results, setting up currents of intentional influence. They also tweak minds by controlling the environment. No one can resist what they cannot detect.

Both are Inside Outsiders, working at the fringes of the System. The “outsider” aesthetic is charged by a desire to break free from the contrivances of tradition. They look boldly outside the system and deep within themselves for inspiration that arises directly from Creative Source.

Both work sub rosa. This phrase comes from the Latin meaning ‘under the rose’ for confidentiality, black ops. It comes from the Masonic fraternal tradition. The rose is the emblem of Horus, God of Silence and Secrecy, Crowley’s “Crowned & Conquering Child.”

After the war President Harry S Truman broke up the OSS. He transferred the research and analysis branch, which employed almost 1,000 people, to the Department of State, abolished most of the more esoteric branches, including the one dealing with guerrilla warfare, and parked the branches concerned with collecting intelligence by espionage and other covert means in the office of the assistant secretary of war to await a final decision.

The decision came with the National Security Act of 1947, which Truman hoped would unify the armed services under a secretary of defense. The major price for “unification” was the transformation of the U.S. Army Air Corps into a separate and independent Air Force; a minor price was the creation of an independent Central Intelligence Agency that would report directly to the president and the National Security Council.

The act clearly intended the CIA to conduct espionage–actually, it intended the CIA to have a monopoly over espionage. The law also clearly intended for the CIA to coordinate all aspects of both the collection and analysis of secrets.

Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game or Magister Ludi (set in the 23rd Century) describes a cadre of individuals and their headmaster — the Magister Ludi — engrossed in interdisciplinary play engineering cultural values from behind the scenes. Hesse never forthrightly explained just how the game is played, but gave many hints to its structure for future aspirants seeking solutions to the critical predicament of mankind through Global Architectronics.

The Glass Bead Game requires that its players synthesize aesthetics and philosophy. The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture. It plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. The Game’s synthetic, non-linear information play is a forerunner of virtual reality.

After each symbol conjured up by the director of a Game, each player was required to perform silent, formal meditation on the content, origin, and meaning of this symbol, to call to mind intensively and organically its full purport. The members of the Order and of the Game associations brought the technique and practice of contemplation with them from their elite schools, where the art of contemplation and meditation was nurtured with the greatest care.

The variety of the phenomenal world reached perfection and ultimate cognition only in the divine Unity. Thus, “realizing” was a favorite expression among the players. They considered their Games a path from Becoming to Being, from potentiality to reality…We would scarcely be exaggerating if we ventured to say that for the small circle of genuine Glass Bead Game players the Game was virtually equivalent to worship.

Sub Rosa

In secret; privately or confidentially: held the meeting sub rosa. A “black” (sub rosa) propaganda section.
[Latin sub rosā, under the rose (from the practice of hanging a rose over a meeting as a symbol of confidentiality) : sub, under + rosā, ablative of rosa, rose.]

The phrase Sub Rosa comes from the Latin and means ‘under the rose’ or confidentiality. The rose was the emblem of the god Horus in ancient Egypt. Later the Greeks and Romans regarded this as god of silence. This originates from a Greek/Roman misinterpretation of an Egyptian hieroglyphic adopting Horus along with Isis and Osiris as a God.

The Greeks translated his Egyptian name Her – pa – khrad to Harpocrates. Cupid gave Harpocrates a rose as a token of gratitude for not betraying the mother of Cupid, Venus. Among the Freemasons the rose is the symbol of silence. Looking at the scorecard or playerlist of a game isn’t the same as playing it.

Seeing the World in a Whole New Light; Tweaking the Timeline

In chaos theory, small perturbations can become pumped up into very large effects. The same can happen to the historical timeline with intelligence and espionage. Small changes in dynamics can make a huge difference in Real World outcomes.

One must carefully pick where to make one’s intervention. A mis-step can lead to the brink of a catastrophic Abyss.

Occult Esoterics

Occult societies have a long tradition of influence peddling and providing covers for espionage. They are conduits of trust that transcend national borders and can cover a spy network. Naturally, occultists influenced one anothers’ beliefs, whether it was acknowledged or not.

Black intelligence ops, “Esoterics” has always been a department in most intelligence services. In MI6, it was called the Occult Bureau. The SS also had an Occult Bureau. The Watch were FDR’s supersecret team for occult countermeasures, arcane assassinations, paranormal and psychic investigation. After the war, The Watch redirected its interest to UFO phenomena.

Theosophical studies cover the origin and development of the cosmos and human development in all the planes of being from its beginning to its end. It is a philosophy of process, transformation, and evolution toward an extraordinary human potential. Out of this Utopian and scientific socialism came Theosophy, British” guild” socialism, the Fabian Society, Bertrand Russell, H. G. Wells, Tavistock and iconoclast Aleister Crowley.

Occultism has served as “an alternative account of the world, available to people dissatisfied with the orthodox view of things, scientifically and politically, since the late 18th century. Older than Theosophy with roots in kabbalah, Hermetics, and pantheism, Magick was a practical application of causing change to conform with will using similar principles. They both embrace the Hermetic Axiom: “As Above; So Below,” which reflects the identity of man as a microcosm.

The Cryptocracy, through economics and mass mind control is involved in the transformation or “alchemical processing” of mass consciousness by psychological mind manipulation. With the help of these foundations and secret societies, experiments in world shaping continue multimedia and military campaigns. The goal is to seed and control megatrends so the masses live as controlled puppets – wage slaves — of the ruling elite.

Source:

http://ionamillersubjects.weebly.com/esoteric-dope.html

The Luminous Ground ~ Iona Miller

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Light is a form of transition from three-dimensional space, the aether, to the space with four dimensions. All forms of energy originate as light. We’re beginning to understand what nature has been hiding beneath her mystic veil of non-observability. The zero-point field is a blinding light. containing all the energy potential available to the Universe.

Since it is everywhere, inside and outside of us, permeating every atom in our bodies, we are effectively blind to virtual photon flux. It blinds us by its presence with the illusion of void.

The world of light that we do see is all the rest of the light that is over and above the zero-point field.  We cannot eliminate the zero-point field from our eyes. The vacuum remains the simplest state of nature. Life takes refuge in a single space – absolute space – the luminous core of meaning itself. The inherent meaning of life is in our alliance with the changing patterns of eternity.

Jung’s Way

The Philosopher’s Stone equates with Jung’s notion of the mandala as a unifying symbol and the elusive Unified Field of physics. A whole thing will be spaceless and timeless by logical necessity alone. Everything is related through empty space; everything exists in a single continuous field, a unifying matrix. We can only comprehend our essential nature by starting with zero, the groundstate. Such a journey is a modern version of the descent and return to the invisible underworld. Through such processes we touch our wholeness.

Through understanding we transmute matter. One of Jung’s central psychological processes involves an alchemy-like mixing of the material and the numinous, the visible and invisible, the “irrigation of the conscious mind by the unconscious.” The virtual vacuum, the “zero with a thousand faces,” is a manifold of imagery and symbolism. He calls this interactive process individuation, the experiential Grail of Jungian psychotherapy.

This approach is neither archetypal nor complex-oriented. Rather than limiting exploration piecemeal to a few select archetypes or specific complexes, it approaches the individual as a whole, not as a collection of fragmented parts. The similarity of archetypes (pervasive patterns which repeat in nature and the psyche) may be a function of genetic structure. 

Genetics provides a sense of universality amongst all humankind of senses and experiences of structure. We now recognize DNA as the projector of our biohologram. Jung proposed a psychoid nature, (beyond and independent of human experiences), for archetypes. In the deepest sense, these archetypal energies are trans-human, transpersonal.

There is that deeper structure of forms that arises spontaneously from chaos. The limitations of our perceptions and senses, based on genetics, conditions what “archetypes” we tend to perceive and live out. Therefore, an archetype may be a function of genetic commonality. Our perceptions create archetypes by adding words and concepts.

There may be an infinite number of archetypes in the universe, but a select number are most influential in the lives of humanity. These are what get encoded into our being as most relevant. In some cases they are direct representations of archetypal energy patterns. The organism has rudimentary experience at the sensory level, but no cognitive-emotive existence. It seeks the archetypal energy forms rising from its chaotic origin, and selects the ones which most accurately match its experience so far. Because nature always reflects the archetype of death/rebirth, the psychological response to a profound experience in nature may be one of rebirth.

Dealing with the unknown should be rooted in the best scientific knowledge of one’s era. Psychic phenomena can reveal the depths of reality, the meaning of existence. Archetypal images enfold multiple meanings, modes, potentials, dimensions. Beyond the realm of personified archetypes and stereotypical mythic beings is a non-dialogical, purely existential experience of raw energy transforms. In terms of physics, a complex conjugate wave travels back through time, meeting the original wave, modulating it in the process–transforming the present through a transaction. 

Every observation — including those of consciously observing self –sends out a wave toward both future and past.  Both the beginning of the wave and end appear to begin in our mind — our mind in the future and our mind in the present.  This bears on the emergence of creativity and intuition. Fred Alan Wolf says that, “the past, present, and future exist side-by-side.  If we were totally able to ‘marry’ corresponding time each and every moment of our time-bound existences, there would indeed be no sense of time and we would all realize the timeless state, which is taken to be our true or base state of reality by many spiritual practices.”

The Jungian symbol is distinguished precisely by its sublime imprecision, its vagueness of outline. Lack of clear definition imbues it with the mystery essential to the numinous. Jung wrote, “Considered from the standpoint of realism, the symbol is not of course an external truth, but it is psychologically true, for it was and is the bridge to all that is best in humanity.” The universe is the ultimate symbol and archetype of Being. When we look within, we find a vast realm available to our intuition. In that profound darkness there is a primordial Light, and we are that.

Collaborating with Jung, physicist Wolfgang Pauli encouraged us to find “a neutral, or unitarian language in which every concept we use is applicable as well to the unconscious as to matter, in order to overcome this wrong view that the unconscious psyche and matter are two things.” Psyche and soma are indissolubly wed in nature and our nature, and must be considered in an adequate account of reality, from the bottom-up and top-down.

Nature’s Way

Information is the distinct patterns or organizations of energy and matter. Information is theoretically defined as something that conveys and harbors meaning; energy is something that is used to perform work; and matter is something that occupies space and has mass.

Matter is a continuous, time dependent, self-organizing process. Particle-wave systems continuously re-order the space that constitutes them. The radiant field is the cosmic egg, the orobouros. A photon is an elementary particle, the quantum of light and all other forms of electromagnetic radiation, and the force carrier for the electromagnetic force. Light should be interpreted as a field, much like magnetic fields.

The universe could not have come into existence without a pre-cosmic source of potential energy. Both potential mass/energy and potential metric time are fundamental aspects of unconditioned absolute space. This “empty” pre-cosmic space is the origin of total multidimensional spacetime, including all the fractal harmonics of radiant electromagnetic fields and their particle/standing waves.

Unconditioned pre-cosmic space acts like a Bose-Einstein Condensate (BEC) or a super-unexcited and super-cold,superfluid/superconductor boosting quantum effects to macroscopic scales. It has no friction. It is an unusual coherent state of matter that appears because of the quantum mechanical effects on the gathering of entities called bosons.

Quantum decoherence is the process of translation from quantum to classical behavior. It is the loss of coherence or ordering of the phase angles between the components of a system in a quantum superposition. A consequence of this dephasing leads to classical or probabilistically additive behavior.

Quantum decoherence gives the appearance of wave function collapse (reduction to a single possibility seen by an observer) and justifies the framework and intuition of classical physics. Decoherence is the loss of information from a system into the environment. Decoherence does not generate actual wave function collapse. It only provides an explanation for the appearance of wavefunction collapse.

In the exotic BEC form of matter, light is composed of quanta or photons, and its behavior acts as waves or particles.Light particles merge into a single level or entity (such as a laser). All the particles that make up the condensate are in-phase, described by a single quantum wavefunction. All the atoms are identical and no measurement can tell them apart.

The only possible source of such expansive and contractive energy fields within the total manifested cosmic space-time, would have to be the infinite angular spin momentum of the ubiquitous absolute zero-point or infinite ZPE (Casimir Force) located everywhere in the Planck volume of total metric physical space-time.

Since all radiant fields have fractal harmonics based on the initial cyclic spin of their ZPE source and the triple cycle loop of its emanation/radiation, all such fields would originate from the same zero-point. Each such field would be woven out of individual rays of ZP force following a triple loop, double helix Mobius Klein path (see Fig. 1). As all zero-points of absolute space are essentially one thing, all spherical fields (originating from any zero–point spin momentum or singularity in spacetime) would also be interconnected. Therefore, all particle-standing waves originating from the same zero-point would be entangled with each other (Aspect, 2004).

Aether, hyperspace, and spacetime are all different states of the same entity at different scales. Aether has no reference points, no meaningful motion, no time, no wave fronts, with empty space as perfectly flat. At the hyperspace level of observation, we get EM waves, strings, branes, quanta, etc. Finally, classical spacetime emerges, the objective Universe as we naturally perceive it. The infinitesimal center is coextensive with the universal continuum.

1. Aether — (Sub-quantum level) Dimensionless, eternal. David Bohm’s implicate order, Basil Hiley’s pre-space, subspace. The scale at which non-local, instantaneous state change occurs. This is where Nature’s four fundamental forces emerge from.
2. Hyperspace — (Quantum level) Wheeler’s quantum foam. Quantum gravity. Quantum weirdness. A medium where more than one object can occupy the same space; allowing for quantum wave superposition, parallel, and non-linear, information processing.
3. Spacetime — (Classical level) Intersubjective creation; Gravitation, matter… the objective Universe.

Each subjective experience injects one bit of translinguistic information into this objective store of information which then specifies  the relative probabilities for various possible future subjective experiences to occur. This feedforward is the fundamental mechanism of the self-creation of the universe from a deep level of non-individuated consciousness.

It eventually becomes embodied within the collective and individual, conscious and unconscious activities of all sentient beings. This is the collective entanglement of sentient quantum intentionality, interacting with quantum potentiality which has the most significant determining influence upon deep aspects of the manifestation of quantum reality into the experiential worlds.

Particle-wave systems must be in constant motion, continuously processing space in order to continue their existence. If motion ceased, they would simply disintegrate. Virtual particles pop-up from hyperspace into spacetime as the result of random field interactions such as resonance. We are observing energy exchanges in nature. Nothing else is taking place. A wave requires time and space. Amplitude happens in 3D space, and then it moves so that those dimensions change. Time is motion in space.

Particles stay in spacetime because they have stable standing waves. Is a spherical standing wave an emitter and reflector? A transmitter and responder is a transponder. In the case of two emitters, the emitter basically creates its own responder. In that case the “aetheric” background may have new quality. Are spherical standing waves virtual transponders producing an information circuit?

Radiant fields are, in effect, spherical standing waves that follow a double helix spiral vortex Mobius Klein path. Plausibly, the incoming wave is the compressive gravity aspect, and the outgoing wave is the expanding electromagnetic aspect. Is a spherical standing wave (radiant field) the signature of a virtual transponder simultaneously receiving, translating and then re-broadcasting information? http://www.jcer.com/index.php/jcj/article/viewFile/85/83

Huping Hu’s research suggests biologically/chemically meaningful information can be transmitted through quantum entanglement from one place to another by photons and possibly other quantum objects such as electrons, atoms and even molecules. Second, both classical and quantum information can be transmitted between locations of arbitrary distances through quantum entanglement alone. Third, instantaneous signaling is physically real which implies that Einstein’s theory of relativity is in real (not just superficial) conflict with quantum theory. Fourth, brain processes such as perception and other biological processes likely involve quantum information and nuclear and/or electronic spins may play important roles in these processes.

Nature of Consciousness

A system referring to itself creates paradoxes that cannot be logically resolved — and so certain questions cannot in principle be answered. Consciousness, in a way, is in the same logical boat. At its core, consciousness is self-referential awareness, the self’s sense of its own existence. It is consciousness itself that is trying to explain consciousness.
This is the archetype of the feedback loop. But human consciousness is more than just an ordinary feedback loop. It’s a strange loop, which Hofstadter describes as a loop capable of perceiving patterns in its environment and assigning common symbolic meanings to sufficiently similar patterns.

Symbols stand for abstract regularities in the world, Hofstadter asserts. Human brains create vast repertoires of these symbols, conferring the “power to represent phenomena of unlimited complexity and thus to twist back and to engulf themselves via a strange loop.” Consciousness itself occurs when a system with such ability creates a higher-level symbol, a symbol for the ability to create symbols. That symbol is the self. The I. Consciousness.

“You and I are mirages that perceive themselves,” Hofstadter writes. The ‘I’ we create for each of us is a quintessential example of a perceived or invented reality.  It’s not the stuff out of which your brain is made,” Koch says. “It’s what that stuff represents that’s conscious, and that tells us that lots of other systems could be conscious too.” This self-generated symbol of the self operates only on the level of symbols. Mysteries multiply because the symbol is generated by the thing doing the symbolizing. http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/337947/title/Self_as_Symbol

The thing that matters is information.
Information can be seen as an abstract, almost transcendental stuff that can circulate unchanged among different material substrates. Once we begin to believe that information is more essential than material forms, we vacate the old cosmos defined by presence and absence, entering a world characterized by the binary feedback of pattern and randomness, signal and noise.

What we really are is a community of mind, knitted together by codes and symbols, intuitions, aspirations, histories, hopes. The invisible world of the human experience is far more real to us than the visible world, which is little more than a kind of stage or screen on which we move. Understanding the virtual root of reality we find there are fields of data not ordinarily coordinated by ordinary perception.

Consciousness is deeply involved in representing information with symbols and putting that information together to make sense of the world. It’s the brain’s information processing powers that allow the mind to symbolize itself. Focusing on information could sharpen science’s understanding of consciousness. A brain’s ability to find patterns in influxes of sensory data, to send signals back and forth to integrate all that data into a coherent picture of reality and to trigger appropriate responses all seem to be processes that could be quantified and perhaps even explained with the math that describes how information works.

Consciousness copes with thoughts and emotions, hopes and fears, ideas and desires. Just as numbers can represent the complexities of all of mathematics (including numbers), a brain can represent the complexities of experience (including the brain itself). Gödel’s proof showed that math is “incomplete”; it contains truths that can’t be proven. And consciousness is a truth of a sort that can’t be comprehended within a system of molecules and cells alone. Viewed as a symbol, consciousness is very much like many of the other grand ideas of science, such the atom and the gene.

Michael Persinger suggests that consciousness, including mystical states can be expressed as quantum phenomena, coupled to electron movements, congruent with magnetic fields strengths associated with neurocognitive activity. Such information accessing states may recruit the fundamental properties of space-time, matter and information. Pulsed electromagnetic fields (photons) carry information through quantum entanglement.

One mind experimental method to test the actuality that consciousness and time are fundamental qualities of the zero-point of absolute space located everywhere in 3D space-time, and that the universe is a hologram, would be to mentally observe that the light from every star seen from any point of view on Earth converges in every zero-point between our point of view and the entire star field.  This allows us to realize that each point of view, no matter where located in 3-space-time, is at the exact center of the universe observed from that point… And that the total image at the point of observation is a hologram. Bohm and Susskind demonstrate viable theories of such holographic realities.

Metaphysical space is the unconscious — self-aware emptiness. In quantum theory, matter becomes an aspect of mind. Spin-mediation is one theory of consciousness. The spin-mediated consciousness theory as originally proposed (Hu & Wu, 2002) dealt with the immanent aspect of consciousness such as awareness. Within this framework, the nuclear/electronic spins are the mind-pixels which interact with the brain through quantum effects, modulating and being modulated by various classical brain activities such as the action potentials (Hu & Wu, 2002 & 2004a-d).

Hu suggests The transcendental aspect of Consciousness produces and influences reality through self-referential spin as the interactive output of Consciousness. In turn, reality produces and influences immanent aspect of Consciousness as the interactive input to Consciousness through self-referential spin.

Spin, torsion, torque, vortex, torus are primordial archetypes of being and awareness..Torsion Fields, the quantum spin of empty space are the large-scale coherent effects of the spin of the particles in the virtual sea.If “torsion fields” can be used for communication, they may explain such things as telepathy and other psi phenomena.

Each form that is in each human mind is, in some sense, an archetype — some more common than others. A self-replicating archetype that is kindled from the collective unconscious is initiated through a mechanism of unconscious levels of tuning.

All information of consciousness is carried, transformed and transmitted as holographic wave interference patterns on the surfaces of higher order hyperspace fields, which are resonant with the intermediate EM field of the brain. The entire universe, including, all the visible and invisible structures within it, is essentially a hologram.  According to the fundamental laws of electrodynamics, such information can be transmitted from one fractal-involved field to the other by phase conjugate adaptive resonance.


Repetition pushes the human psyche toward a bifurcation. Psyche has the possibility of using self-referencing repetition as a chaotic attractor. The progressive is suddenly punctuated by what is novel, and thrown into chaos. Archetypes also shape collective consciousness. They are coherent, complex, intelligible patterns of meaning and improvisational creativity, shaped by the multilevel unconscious tuning, caused by an unresolved conflict in the deeper unconscious layers.

Meaning is not an entity, not a creed, a doctrine, a worldview, also not something like the fairytale treasure hard to attain. It is not semantic, not a content. Meaning, where it exists, is first of all an implicit or a priori fact of existence. It can never be the answer to a question. It is, conversely, an unquestioned and unquestionable certainty that predates any possible questioning. It is the groundedness of existence, a sense of embeddedness in life, of containment in the world.

… excerpt from:

LUMINOUS GROUND: The Zero With a Thousand Faces

Reblogged with the kind permission of Iona Miller

 

Wisdom Light Archetypal Light / Luminous Ground ~ Iona Miller

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ABSTRACT: How do we explore the depths of our reality and experience, seeing underneath that which appears on the surface? What we call reality and consciousness depends on our level of observation and mystical penetration. The most common error is conflating Consciousness and Awareness. Consciousness is a product of widespread communication, while awareness is a focal capacity. Do our attentional habits create our experience?Neurologically, consciousness appears to be an emergent property of operational information propagated throughout the brain and psychological space. But we should carefully avoid materialistic errors of category and levels of observation.

How can we integrate different theories relating to the basis of reality?  No shortage of comparisons and correlations between spiritual notions and scientific theories has been made. This article focuses on the light motif that structures other layers of nature — descriptions of the physical and metaphysical origins, properties and behavior of light – virtual, photonic, and symbolic.

What is the basis of the universe and the material of fundamental reality? Researchers continue to study consciousness not only as the source of the human mind but of all energy and matter. Consciousness is viewed as the essence of the universe, a unified field which gives rise to and pervades all manifest phenomena.

Can we directly experience the unified field? Correlations are drawn between the zero-point field and the pre-personal depths of transcendence. Darkness is the gate to light. The field of cosmic consciousness is described as a cosmic emptiness—a void that is paradoxically also a fullness. Can the mind travel through meditation to eternity? The biggest gaps in our knowledge concern the universe as a whole and our entanglement with it. We don’t understand Nothing, which is virtually everything.

“The last stage is reached when, in the highest tension and concentration, beholding in silence and utter forgetfulness of all things, it [the soul] is able as it were to lose itself. Then it may see God, the fountain of life, the source of being, the origin of all good, the root of the soul. In that moment it enjoys the highest indescribable bliss; it is as it were swallowed up of divinity, bathed in the light of eternity.” –Plotinus

Human nature [hsing] and consciousness [hui] are expressed in light symbolism, and are therefore intensity, while life [ming] would coincide with extensity. The first have the character of the yang principle, the latter of the yin. ~Carl Jung, The Secret of the Golden Flower, Page 101.

“Death: the mingling of the mother luminosity and the child luminosity: When the path luminosity mingles with the ground luminosity itself, at that instant one can free oneself into the absolute clarity…. Great yogis allow the luminosities to arise and mingle in that space, bypassing Bardo projections. They become the light of life itself.” –Dudjom Rinpoche

“Pure Consciousness is included in fundamental space-time geometry along with the precursors of spin, mass, charge. In fact, everything we see in our real world stems from patterns in the most fundamental level that percolate up to our level which is many, many magnitudes of order higher.” –Stuart Hameroff

“Were it physically possible to place a sentient observer at the zero-point, looking at the macro world from beyond space-time, the observer should perceive the exchanges of energy in the underlying structure in electrodynamic balance and in resonance with Self and experience the connectedness of all things. Those who explore the samadhi states report precisely this same phenomenon as scintillating points of light when experiencing The All That Is.” –Edgar Mitchell

“Nick Herbert thinks that consciousness is a pervasive process in nature. Mind is as fundamental a component of the universe as elementary particles and forces. Mind can be detected by three features of quantum theory: randomness, thinglessness (objects acquire attributes only once they are observed) and interconnectedness (John Bell’s discovery that once two particles have interacted they remain connected). Herbert thinks that these three features of inert matter can account for three basic features of mind: free will, essential ambiguity, and deep psychic connectedness. Scientists may be vastly underestimating the quantity of consciousness in the universe.”
–Scaruffi, http://www.scaruffi.com/science/qc.html

“The deepest subjectivity is not personal.”
― James Hillman,
Lament of the Dead: Psychology After Jung’s Red Book
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Is consciousness a primordial factor of existence, an irreducible dimension of nature? Our experience is inherently subjective — an objective world independent of the observer doesn’t exist. Particles and Observer are entangled at the quantum scale, so observation affects the matter being observed. Fundamentally, in a holographic model, each part is related internally to the activity of all other parts and the whole. When the realm of discrete objects is transcended, everything becomes united in an indivisible whole.Matter is continually emerging from and dissolving back into a nonmaterial unified field. Manifestations are real at their own level of operation. All thoughts and creative dynamics arise from this underlying transcendent field, known classically as the Clear Light or Primordial Awareness. Background consciousness is the sense of self. The deeply unconscious is the ground of our psychophysical being.Scientific truths and possible realities seem to emerge from the collective psyche into consensus reality (beliefs about the true nature of reality). Plausible theories and concepts compete with pop notions for acceptance. Our notions of Nothing have expanded into a few potentially graspable concepts. For example, most of the mass in protons comes from the fluctuations of ’empty’ space.

Can we unpack the nature of Nothing? Is ’empty’ space a no place with no time and no laws? Panpsychism suggests that

everything in the universe might be conscious, or at least potentially conscious, or conscious in certain configurations. Panprotopsychism postulates that fundamental physical entities are proto-conscious. Some fundamental physical entities have protophenomenal properties (Chalmers). Naturally, there are arguments for and against such notions, just as for materialism.We live in a quantum sea of light, radiation and tidal forces conflated with the energy density. Light is the fundamental archetype of reality. It appears when the Ouroboric zero-point bursts open in radiant glory, from the unfathomable primordial darkness, as photonic light and undifferentiated consciousness. As such, it becomes more than a metaphor for human consciousness and primordial awareness – the invisible ground of pure light.

How can we integrate different theories relating to the basis of reality?  No shortage of comparisons and correlations between spiritual notions and scientific theories has been made. This article focuses on descriptions of the physical and metaphysical origins, properties and behavior of light – virtual, photonic, and symbolic. The biggest gaps in our knowledge concern the universe as a whole.

Quantum cosmology attempts to describe how the universe emanates from the void. Kant said space and time are the necessary categories of thought. Einstein taught us to think in terms of an interwoven spacetime.  We comprehend our experience in terms of space-time geometry. A dynamical geometry, the psychophysical twelve-dimensional matrix, informs our very being. Consciousness-researcher David Chalmers suggests that perhaps the universe exists in terms of psychophysical laws, and that consciousness may involve both an information state and experiential state.

Symbolically, the Absolute is represented as Source, Fountain or Well, the Center, the One, the All or Whole, the Origin (Arche). This Principle or Primordial Cause is Sacred or Holy, Mystery, the Ultimate. The “original ground” is the concept of an unconditioned reality which transcends limited, everyday existence. We don’t need to worship, literalize, or concretize such qualities to recognize their evocative power.
The archaic mind (unconscious) is constantly aware of the sacred. The Absolute reveals reality as light — a background sea of light known as the electromagnetic zero-point field of the quantum vacuum. At the lowest energy state, the zero-point field is unobservable. The zero-point field is the root of all energy. The immediacy of the unmediated nonlocal reality is the zero point field, which connects the smallest quanta with distant galaxies.


Potential & Consciousness
Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.’
―William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing


How do we explore the depths of our reality and experience, seeing underneath that which appears on the surface? Consciousness is impossible to measure objectively. What we call reality and consciousness depends on our models of scientific and psychological observation and mystical penetration. Conjecture begins with the conundrum of the mind-body problem and heads toward musing on the meaning of life.
Is the fundamental basis of reality a constant state of becoming — potential emerging into actuality?

Are we capable of understanding ourselves and the universe? Consciousness still straddles the borders of science, philosophy, and spirituality. Groundstate, structure and pattern. However, we can describe at least three functional aspects of consciousness and focus of attention that relate to personal and collective conscious-unconscious phenomenology and models of reality — the way we perceive it, the way we imagine or interpret it, and the unified ground underlying existence.

1) Personal self-awareness fused with direct sensory experience and emotion (awake and aware of surroundings).
2) a fusion of imaginal memories, myths, dreams and conceptual interpretations of experience.
3) Non-dual unity and totality; the universal, suprapersonal or global aspect of dimensionless abstraction, we call “Consciousness,” or God in potentia.

Is consciousness fundamental or emergent? The most common error is conflating universal consciousness and self-awareness. Absorption is the ability to maintain focused attention on a task or stimulus or “openness to absorbing and self-altering experiences” (Tellegen and Atkinson, 1974). Mystics also describe a series of meditative absorptions.

Is matter fundamentally endowed with a quality of consciousness? Neurologically, consciousness appears to be an emergent property of operational information propagated throughout the brain and psychological space. The emptying of psychological space is direct experience of the primordial ground — unconditioned primordial awareness.

But we should carefully avoid materialistic errors of category, levels of observation and experimenter bias.

There are scientific truths and possible realities that seem to emerge from the collective psyche into consensus reality (beliefs about the true nature of reality). Plausible theories and concepts compete with pop notions for acceptance.

How can we integrate different theories relating to the basis of reality? There is no shortage of comparisons and correlations between spiritual notions and scientific theories. This article focuses on the archetypal light motif that structures other layers of nature — descriptions of the physical and metaphysical origins, properties and behavior of light – virtual, photonic, and symbolic.  We need to move from an ‘objective’ worldview to one more event oriented.

What is the irreducible basis of the universe and the material of fundamental reality? Researchers continue to study consciousness not only as the source of the human mind but of all energy and matter. Elemental consciousness is viewed as the essence of the universe, a unified field which gives rise to and pervades all manifest phenomena.

Is mind in nature a form of electromagnetic information source that interacts constantly with molecules, including DNA? The matter-brain-mind connection may well be electromagnetic, and holographic, and morphogenic information fields, and rooted in the vacuum fluctuation, operating nonlocally (nonconscious) as well as with gradients, currents and chemicals.

Can we directly experience the unified field? Correlations are drawn between the zero-point field and the pre-personal depths of transcendence. Darkness is the gate to light. The field of cosmic consciousness is described as a cosmic emptiness—a void that is paradoxically also a fullness. Can the mind travel through meditation to eternity? The biggest gaps in our knowledge concern the universe as a whole and our entanglement with it. We don’t understand Nothing, which is virtually everything.

Dark Light of the Void

The Void is not devoid. It is void of physical particles. The zero-point field is the ground state energy of all fields in space. Matter is an insubstantial wavefunction (a potential) at the quantum level. The collective potential of all particles everywhere with their individual zero-point energies is one universal zero point field.

Nature has been hiding the zero-point field (zpf) in a blinding light. Since it permeates every atom in our bodies, we are effectively blind to it. It blinds us by its presence. What we do see is all the rest of the light that is over and above the zero-point field. 
We cannot eliminate the zero-point field from our eyes. Even with its distinctive pattern of dynamic electric and magnetic fields in continual fluctuation, the vacuum remains the simplest state of nature. Life takes refuge in a single space – absolute space.Classically, absolute space (not relative space) is considered non-causal in relationship to manifest phenomena. But we are beginning to describe it more accurately as non-linear, non-local and/or entangled with all events and objects of the phenomenal world. 

All events emerge from the framework of absolute space. Though insubstantial it has properties, qualities, and ramifications. The study of space supersedes the study of matter in motion.
 Foundational Infrastructure

We cannot know absolute space, but the ground of our being that arises beyond our observation can be inferred by its tangible effects. It implies that all the matter in the universe is interconnected by a virtually infinite ocean of electromagnetic waves, creating a universal entanglement.

Nonlocal correlated physical systems may be entangled via the space-time they occupy. Electromagnetic energy may facilitate the observation of entanglement by altering probablilities in shared spaces. Quantum particles can be linked a special way to act like one entity. It means we are connected by the primal field through all matter to the furthest reaches of the universe.

Space and geometry are fundamentals of natural science. A supercharged zero-point field with a large energy density is now considered a real entity, not merely an artifact of quantum mechanics. 

Zero-point fluctuation perturbs electrons in their orbits, leading to shifts in frequency. Atomic decay and spontaneous emission are zero-point field effects. Interaction of matter and the field correlates with resonance, uncertainty, wave-particle duality, and fluctuating particles.

Quarks and electrons jiggle from zero-point interaction. They are also perturbed by the secondary fields of all other matter jiggling. Matter emerges from and depends on dynamic interchange of subatomic particles with the zero-point field. 

In a self-generating feedback, the zero-point field drives the motion of subatomic particles. Reciprocally, the motion of all the particles in the universe generates the zero-point field – an ouroboros process.

The concept of matter becomes ephemeral and provisional. Interactive electric charges awash in a sea of electromagnetic and other fields create a sort of cosmic inertia through electromagnetic drag. Instead of mass there is only charge. Perturbation of the zpf may produce gravity and curvature. Research suggests a specific resonance frequency for particle-zpf interaction may give rise to inertia. Such notions must be kept in context and self-consistent with a real non-gravitating zpf.

There is a regular transition of the wave properties from massive particles to entangled photons. Yet despite extensive experimental work, the origin of these waves is not well understood from the theoretical side. Waves of de Broglie type can be regarded as the natural manifestation of a higher dimension of the kind needed for the unification of the interactions of physics.

Simple Information

Haish-Rueda-Puthoff (1994) suggested that both inertia and gravitation are electromagnetic phenomena arising from interaction with the zero-point field. Wave interference information encoding might account for coherent particle and field structures. Information is as or more fundamental than energy or matter — the main ingredients of reality.

An information process runs physics.

The information theory of the universe models bits of information as fundamental, while neurodynamics conceives of quanta of information.  Holonomy supersedes general systems theory and thermodynamics as models of brain/mind/consciousness. Emergent nonlocal quantum information self-organizes matter, life and consciousness.

Matter, energy and consciousness are expressions of the same informational order. Fredkin says, “At the much higher level of complexity life, DNA–the biochemical functions–are controlled by a digital information process.  Then, at another level, our thought processes are basically information processing.”

Laszlo (2004) has suggested there is a subquantal coherent field of pure “in-formation,” different from the zero-point field. He calls it the A-field, or Akashic field, known by its real effects but as yet without a mathematical description. It propagates nonlocal coherence across all domains, an all-encompassing medium that underlies and becomes all things.
This vacuum hologram carries information in distributed form as interfering wavefields that propagate throughout the universe instantly without attenuation. These “cosmic holograms” link or “in-form” all things with all other things, remembering what has been, sustaining what is, and propagating what will be.

Changes of the sub-quantum level are described as “virtual” and unobservable. This ground energy state is the repository of all fields and all virtual particles. It emits and reabsorbs photons, electrons, and all the quantum particles in the universe. This is the virtual substructure of scalar, vector, and tensor potential.  The vacuum, which plays the key role in structuring universe, is a cosmic virtual state hologram. The quantum vacuum is a dynamic massless scalar field.  A hologram is a scalar field. Scalars are just active information; a hologram is pure information. A simple definition of information is ‘any form of radiation that communicates one or more properties of a physical entity to another physical entity.’ How does that information transfer between systems work? Is consciousness actually information, or an emergent property of universal information? The photon is considered a hypothetical means of information transfer.

Lucas Tessaro suggests that “the binary representation of information could reflect the fundamental unit of the Universe, the photon. Being both electric and magnetic, the photon could represent information with patterns of photon activity oscillating between these two states. The presence of electromagnetic fields similarly reflect this dualistic conceptualization of the photon. The presence or absence of photons, the state of those photons, and the associated correlates of those photons (frequency, intensity, density, etc.) likewise could play a role in the conditioning of space with information.”

This gives rise to the relatively recent notion of “space-memory”, but that is beyond the scope of this paper.

Consciousness Enters Phenomena

The creation of consciousness remains as big a mystery as the creation of the universe. Entanglement is a property of nonlocal quantum correlation. Nonlocal coupling is not transfer of information. Microcosmic quantum entanglements can scale up into macrocosmic effects including mental phenomena.
DiBiase (2013) suggests a, “new synthesis gives a self-organizing quantum-holographicnon-local informational basis for a transpersonal model of consciousness in a participatory universe. In this synthesis, consciousness is conceived as quantum non-local significant information interconnecting the brain and the cosmos by means of a holoinformational field, with a non-local/quantum holistic component interconnecting mind and cosmos, and a local/Newtonian mechanistic component interconnecting brain and mind.This non-local quantum-holographic cosmos manifests itself through a quantum-holographic transpersonal consciousness, interconnecting in a participatory holistic and indivisible way the human brain to all levels of the universe.http://journals.sfu.ca/jnonlocality/index.php/jnonlocality/article/view/21/40

Consciousness and matter are emergent phenomena. The goal of psychotherapy is to facilitate the optimal emergence of consciousness from objective or primordial psyche. It is a psychological approach to religious imagery and myth which also incorporates physics and biophysics.
Psychologically, incarnating divinity becomes a process of living awareness of the transpersonal center of the psyche, which is only known through images, including the God-image. Various images and metaphor of Light have always been used in religion and metaphysics to describe such states.

Jung suggested that the purpose of human life is the creation of consciousness, which he defined as a psychic substance connected to an ego. Unperceived contents remain unconscious. Using self-reflection, repeated separation of the knower from the known represents increments of consciousness. Authentic consciousness emerges from experience of being the object of consciousness. Such “inner knowing” is gnosis leading toward meaning and nondual experience.

That man and the universe are a vast enterprise for creating consciousness is the new central myth with aspects that unite cross-cultural worldviews. Another part of the new myth is that authentic consciousness achieved individually is never lost. Can it be that every human experience augments the sum total of universal consciousness? Are we each a crucible for the creation of consciousness?

The total of our conscious experience may accrue to the collective treasury of the archetypal psyche – the collective unconscious implying earthly life may be transferred to the divine or archetypal realm at some informational level.

Such notions are understood psychologically, rather than religiously or literally. Deep meaning arises from the realization of the self, which is metaphorically described in terms of the emergence or embodiment of light.

Entangled Photons
Entanglement is an essential feature of quantum mechanics where photons can be intrinsically and absolutely linked. Dean Radin and others suggest consciousness may be linked to field effects of entangled particles in the brain. Quantum entanglement is a physical phenomenon exhibiting nonlocal behavior or (10,000* times) faster than light communication, but we don’t have equipment to measure that phenomena (SciAm).In quantum information theory, elementary particles become entwined when they interact. Quantum particles theoretically exist in every possible state at the same time. For example, unless measured, a photon can spin vertically and horizontally at the same time, expressing potential for polarization. Atom-photon pairs have been created experimentally (Johnston).

Probabilities or superpositions give rise to uncertainty which gives rise to entanglement (which is also the alleged source of the arrow of time). Entangled particles represent a probability distribution. As quantum uncertainty spreads, particles become increasingly entangled. Entangled particles seem to share one big entangled state.

As they become more correlated with one another, the particles become increasingly entangled with one another. Individual particles lose their autonomy entrained to the collective state. When correlations contain all the information of the holistic system of entangled particles, and the individual particles contain none, particles stop changing, having arrived at a state of equilibrium with rare, random fluctuations. Information becomes increasingly diffuse, but never completely disappears.

Seth Lloyd says, “The universe as a whole is in a pure state. But individual pieces of it, because they are entangled with the rest of the universe, are in mixtures.” A new ontology is implied if the universe is one big entangled object — a conscious universe. Bohm and others contend that each part of the universe contains information about the entire universe.

Information about all systems in the universe exists as a potentiality in every system. But each system in the universe only manifests information in a specific range so it can never manifest all the information that is available to it. Individual human minds have nonlocal aspects.

However, it also means there is nowhere information about our existence does not exist as a potentiality. It also implies some of that systemic information is potentially directly available to us from the pervasive zero-point field or Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (Thakur). Our subconscious accesses and analyzes information outside our conscious awareness. It emerges as intuition and creative flow.

‘Consciousness’ is characterized as primordial, undifferentiated, nonconscious, or unconscious. The holistic fabric of reality is simply connected. Simple consciousness arises from the undifferentiated consciousness of pre-spacetime – in spiritual terms, the unconsciousness of God.

The holographic frequency domain is a plenum which projects the information from the deepest level of the structure of space into the material domain. Thus, the image of the whole is a ubiquitous presence in greater or lesser resolution. The infinite is an aggregate of finites — discontinuous events.

We might regard an EM wave as a wiggle of nothingness, existing in time, which is like saying that a photon is an oscillation (wiggling) of spacetime itself. Photons are discrete energetic events, wave undulations of surface patterns in the complex infinity of dynamic interaction. The holographic field supports the photonic field at every point in space (with or without perceivable energetic events) with the energy of the entire cosmos.

Technically, every point in space represents the convergence of all photons from all light sources. A flux of virtual photons connects our universe with the non-spatio-temporal negative universe. Buffeting by the vacuum fluctuation knocks out observable photons. Most rapidly decay back to zero-point, repeating the endless cycle.

Matter arises from the plenum/void of the virtual vacuum potential, from particle-antiparticle annihilation, from the virtual photon fluctuation in the underlying plenum once poetically called the Dirac Sea or quantum foam. Patterns arise, interact, endure, and disintegrate. The void undergirds the ambient background fluctuation. Everything is made of Light. Only light ‘matters’.

Photons do not have mass; they do have momentum. Einstein’s equations predict that from light’s own point of view time has stopped, and distance has shrunk to zero. So, all light knows is ‘now’. It doesn’t exist in time and space as we do. Light, somehow, lies beyond the world of space, time, and matter. It is not part of the material world.

The discrete ‘particle’ properties of Matter and Light (quanta) are in fact caused by standing wave interactions. Radiant energy is the energy gradient of electromagnetic waves at different frequencies. The photon field is a flow of light.

Whether we look outside into our environment or inside into ourselves we find primordial Light. Light is the first and only thing to emerge from the Unknown. Light is the archetype of the revelation of ultimate reality.

The Nature of Manifestation
The primordial level of self-interaction is unstable virtual particles. The vacuum potential is raw untranslated spacetime, which correlates informationally with raw or primordial (non)consciousness. Aether, hyperspace, and spacetime are all different states of the same entity at different scales.Aether has no reference points, no meaningful motion, no time, no wave fronts — just absolute space. At the hyperspace level of observation, we find EM waves, strings, branes, quanta, etc. Finally, classical spacetime emerges, the objective Universe as we naturally perceive it. The infinitesimal center is coextensive with the universal continuum.

1. Aether — (Sub-quantum level) Dimensionless, eternal. David Bohm’s implicate order, Basil Hiley’s pre-space. The scale at which non-local, instantaneous state change occurs. Nature’s four fundamental forces emerge from here.
2. Hyperspace — (Quantum level) Wheeler’s quantum foam. Quantum gravity. Quantum weirdness. A medium where more than one object can occupy the same space; allowing for quantum wave superposition, parallel, and non-linear, information processing.
3. Spacetime — (Classical level) Intersubjective creation; Gravitation, matter… the objective Universe.

Photons are electromagnetic fields, or rather waves in the electromagnetic fields. Photons are the basic unit of energy and cosmos. A photon is a single particle of light. Virtual photons are static. Photons shift from virtual scalar (nonordered) to normal vector (ordered) photon energy through photon/antiphoton pairs. Quantum electrodynamics suggests that the vacuum is a multi-dimensional realm stressed with an extremely high potential known as the zero-point energy.

Scalars are dynamic quantities, which have magnitude but not direction, like vector waves. They also exist in the space between our own atoms. The void is not devoid, but seethes with impermanent virtual particles and fields. The flow of mass, and our own mass, through time is generated by the ubiquitous interaction of photons with the mass. This is so for both virtual and observable photons.

The active vacuum is active spacetime. Mass moves through time by integrating virtual photons, and absorption-emission of observable photons and biophotons. The internal dynamic flow of time has infolded sublevels and engines that pump up the quantum field effects to breech the mystic threshold of observability. Tesla referred to this form of negative energy as radiant energy.

The fabric of space is a turbulent plasma-like realm comprised of virtual particles continuously appearing from and disappearing into a physical hyperspace. This virtual particle flux has an enormous energy density, the “zero point energy”. Zero-point motion imparted by the virtual particle flux is not thermal in nature and is present even at the “zero-point” of zero degrees Kelvin, where all atomic motion is supposed to stop.

At the interface where nothing becomes something, nonluminous virtual photons teem in the zero-point field (zpf). Mass attracts photon flux from the vacuum. The radiant ground is the fundamental source beyond the boundary layer of quantum foam. Photons are the self-luminous manifestation of Absolute Space. Nothing arises but standing waves from the seething zero-point field of creative potential. It is the source and sustenance of existence — the light of life itself.

We are bioholograms projected by coherent light and sound. We arise from and are sustained by field phenomena. Waves of biophotonic light and sound form our essential nature through acoustic holography. This coherent light transduces itself into radio waves. This holographic biophoton field carries sound as information that decodes the 4-D form as a material object. The mindbody is electronic, but it is rooted in the luminosity of its invisible ground.

We now know that our universe is awash in a background sea of diverse light waves, countless fields of them, all occupying the quantum vacuum of local and outer space. It’s a titanic ocean full of electromagnetic riptides, which wield influence everywhere — the renewable energy of always. The zpf is continually absorbed and regenerated by charged particles.

The Field is the Only Reality
Dimensional fluctuations occur in the field of frequencies. Scalar waves are oscillations of the stress energy tensor of the vacuum. More intense “undulations” are holographic patterns from which spacetime emerges. Quantum fluctuations are the emergence of equal but opposites particles from the vacuum.“Let there be Light.” Potentials in the vacuum are primordial causal agents creating force fields from their interference during virtual photon flux. Charge emits measurable photon energy. ZPE charge becomes observable emission. Real EM photons (quanta of light) are emitted from that charge and spread into 3-space at light speed.

But there is a jump effect which happens during the orthorotation of light, or acceleration to the speed of light. Mass turns into photons during the final part of orthorotation which is in the virtual state. This is the missing link between relativity and quantum mechanics.

Bernard Haisch says, “Electric and magnetic fields flowing through space oscillate as a pendulum does. At every possible frequency, there will always be a tiny bit of electromagnetic jiggling going on. And if you add up all these ceaseless fluctuations, you get a background sea of light whose total energy is enormous. This is the electromagnetic zero-point field.”

Particle-wave systems must be in constant motion, continuously processing space in order to continue their existence. If motion ceased, they would simply disintegrate. Virtual particles pop-up from hyperspace into spacetime as the result of random field interactions, such as resonance. We are observing energy exchanges in nature. Nothing else is taking place. A wave requires time and space. Amplitude happens in 3D space, and then it moves so that those dimensions change. Time is motion in space.

Particles stay in spacetime because they have stable standing waves. Is a spherical standing wave an emitter and reflector? A transmitter and responder is a transponder. In the case of two emitters, the emitter basically creates its own responder. If spherical standing waves are virtual transponders the vacuum potential produces an information circuit.

Radiant fields are, in effect, spherical standing waves that follow a double helix spiral vortex Mobius Klein path. Plausibly, the incoming wave is the compressive gravity aspect, and the outgoing wave is the expanding electromagnetic aspect. Is a spherical standing wave (radiant field) the signature of a virtual transponder simultaneously receiving, translating and then re-broadcasting information?

Philosophy and physics explore the nature of reality itself, and the relationship between the mind and reality. Both the Qabalah and Buckminster Fuller’s Synergetics elaborate on emanation from negative existence, describing the pre-spacetime / pregeometric and geometric templates of what Fuller called “nature’s own method of self-assembly.” Creative flow of light describes both illumination and emanation. We are also a flow of light.

Negative Existence: Tohu and Bohu

The first Sefirah is Kether, the Crown, the beginning, the primal void. A dark light leapt from this most secret depth, like a colorless mist that gives form to formlessness, and as the mist spread, a burst of flames took shape in its center, and the flames streamed down to illuminate the lower Sefirot, and down, down to the Kingdom.
The qabalistic Genesis begins with the emanation of Ain Soph, “supreme wisdom,” the Godhead as pure light-filled creative intelligence, source of all manifestation. The Limitless Light flows out into the 10 Spheres of the Tree of Life down through the Four Worlds of Creation:  Archetypal (divine), Causal (mental), Astral (emotional), and Physical.Emanation means that God sent forth a portion of his own essence into the manifestation, rather than creating a separate reality. This cosmic pattern or design reflects the divine order, the pervasive design of the world, echoing the alchemical maxim, “As Above, So Below.”

“Light” is the living power of the Creation. It fills every part of reality, and allows its existence. The Light pervades us. In Qabalah, Ain is a ‘nothingness’ with a hidden or invisible potential from which the Universe will eventually manifest. “The Negative Existence” — that which is concealed — is comprised of:

Ain = “Light” or “Nothing”
Ain Soph = “Limitless Light” or “No Nothing” (i.e., not even the knowledge of “nothing”), and
Ain Soph Aur = “Limitless Light in Extension” or “No Nothing Ever/Always”
Ain is the highest and first of the veils. It is literally translated as ‘nothing’, or simply ‘no’; absolute emptiness, the opposite of existence, complete absence.  Ain Soph proceeds from Ain by necessity.  It is literally translated as ‘no limit’.  Where there is nothing there are no boundaries or limitations; this is the limitless foundation — the eternal in its purest sense.

Ain Soph Aur is the lower veil, situated closest to the Tree of Life, and it proceeds from Ain Soph as a necessity. It means ‘limitless or eternal light’. Without any limitations, things happen because there is no reason they shouldn’t. Light plays a very important role in the philosophy and symbolism of Qabalah. Ain Soph Aur is that human experience of light. They symbolize three aspects of an “Unknowable Concept of Being and Non-Being.”

Negative Existence may be outside the range of our realization, it does not mean that we are beyond the range of its influence. Those who have penetrated furthest into the Unseen have given us symbolic descriptions by means of which we may turn our minds in the direction of the Absolute, even if we cannot reach it. They have spoken of Negative Existence as Light: “Ain Soph Aur, the Limitless Light.”

The experience of the “NOT” finds Its counterpart in every mystical tradition. In Taoism it is called Mysterious Unknown. The Sufis refer to the experience as fana ‘l fana (fana means “extinction”). The Hindus call it nirvikalpa samadhi. The Buddhists call it nirvana, sunyata (emptiness), satori, and anuttara samyak sambodhi (full enlightenment). The Qur’an refers to the Mysterious Unknown by the same terms used in the Torah.

All mystical traditions describe the “Mysterious Unknown at the Roots of All Things” as both inactive (impersonal) and active (personal aspects). The Zohar names them the “Vast Face” and “Small Face” of Qabalah.The inactive aspect is represented by the letter Ayin. It is also known as Al (lit. upon), Shomer (Witness, Guardian), Atiqa (Hidden One), Supernal Israel, the Ancient of Days, and other Names found in the Sefer HaShmoth and the Torah.

The absolute is movement and stillness without beginning, yin and yang without beginning. Buddhists call this complete awareness, Taoists call it the gold pill, Confucians call it the absolute. What is called the infinite absolute means the limit of the unlimited. Buddha called it “as is, immutable, ever clearly aware”.

Ayin means “eye,” and in the Idra Rabba Qadusha it says: “This is the tradition: Were the Eye closed even for one moment, no thing could subsist. Therefore, It is called the Open Eye, the Holy Eye, the Excellent Eye, the Eye of Fate (mazal), the Eye which sleeps not nor slumbers, the Eye which is the Guardian of all things, the Eye which is the substance of all things.”(Idra Rabba 136,137)

In the Sefer Yetzirah, the Ayin is called the “Organ of Nakedness.” In Arabic, the word for the NOT is “La”: this is written virtually identical to the Ezra letter Ayin. The shape of the Phoenician or Sinatic letter Ayin is also suggestive — it is a circle.

Design science teaches that pattern may be more important than intensity in virtual to matter self-organization. The morphological or geometrical aspect of nature plays a dynamic role in the identity and behavior of all objects and processes.In Synergetics, a geometrical system of holistic thinking, Buckminster Fuller described Cosmic Zero at the geometrical heart of the Vector Equilibrium Matrix.The maximum number of dimensions allowed to a symmetrically-divided sphere is twelve.  The 12-dimensional model appears to offer a psychophysical solution to consciousness, quantum gravity, the origins of life, and the birth of the universe. V.E. is the breeder of wave-particle duality, the uncertainty principle, and non-locality at the quantum level.

Vector equilibria in isotropic vector matrix produce the discontinuity of particles, while the vector-weaving around the VE nucleus produce the continuity of wave phenomena. It describes the nuclei of atomic structure.

Vector Equilibrium is a zone of neutral resonance where waves can pass through waves without interference, yet, it never physically exists as a structure. It is the ultimate dynamic equilibrium zero state. The five Platonic solid arise from it as this foundation of all cosmic structural geometry. According to Fuller, “zero pulsation in the vector equilibrium is the nearest thing we will ever know to eternity and the omniscient mind of Universe.”


This is the geometry of the Unified Field — the “zero-phase of conceptual integrity inherent in the positive and negative asymmetries that propagate the differentials of consciousness.” When it comes to modeling a most fundamental aspect of physics wherein the zero-point field of energy has infinite density yet cannot be seen or measured, the vector equilibrium simply and absolutely fulfills this ground-zero starting place from which everything else springs forth.

Cosmic zero exists, paradoxically, in the realm of the psyche and in quantum reality in the atomic nucleus expressed as force. It is the form of formlessness, the root metaphor. It also forms the roots of the cosmic Tree of Life, since there is a fine-to-non-existent line between organic and inorganic matter on the quantum scale. Physics is the patterns of organic energy, all of which are dynamic, alive. Mass is energy, so the subatomic world is always restlessly in motion. Inert matter is full of motion when we look closely at it . The activity of matter is its essence.The properties of mass, inertia, charge and gravity — and those who observe them — are the result of space resonances produced by zero-point scalar waves. At zero-point, waves pass through waves without interference. We come from, are sustained by, and are returning to the radiant light of our mass. All electromagnetic force is mediated by virtual photons.Some scientists think the ground of our consciousness is synonymous with the ground of physical existence.  Pre-spacetime is the absolute frame of reference and the ground of existence. Thus, luminous ground is inherent radiance. Primordial consciousness has the same nature as the ground state of absolute space, from which emerge all mental and physical phenomena. The nature of primordial consciousness is empty and luminous. Entering the groundstate of consciousness can be done.


Is undifferentiated consciousness the same dynamic as matter and energy? Is there a physics of consciousness? Is this more than correlation or poetic metaphor for unextended matter? The field of pure consciousness can be understood as the subjective essence of the unified field, which acts as the ultimate origin of creation. It not only acts as the origin of all individual thoughts, but also all of the forms and phenomena in nature.

Pleroma

This is how madness begins, this is madness … You cannot get conscious of these unconscious facts without giving yourself to them. If you can overcome your fear of the unconscious and can let yourself go down, then these facts take on a life of their own. ~Jung, Liber Novus, Page 253. Footnote 211.The pupil is taught to concentrate on the light of the inmost region and, while doing so, to free himself from all outer and inner entanglements. ~Carl Jung, The Secret of the Golden Flower, Page 121

Thus consciousness is at the same time empty and not empty. It is no longer preoccupied with the images of things but merely contains them. The fullness of the world which heretofore pressed upon consciousness has lost none of its richness and beauty, but it no longer dominates consciousness.
~Carl Jung, The Secret of the Golden Flower, Page 121.

‘‘A halo of light surrounds the world of the law. We forget one another, quiet and pure, altogether powerful and empty. The emptiness is irradiated by the light of the heart of heaven. The water of the sea is smooth and mirrors the moon in its surface. The clouds disappear in blue space; the mountains shine clear. Consciousness reverts to contemplation; the moon- disk rests alone.’’
~Hui Ming Ching, The Secret of the Golden Flower, Page 121.Among these other disciplines, Jung described the wisdom light of the Gnostics. In the Apocryphon of John we find:

7. And It gazed into Barbelo in the pure light which surrounds the invisible Spirit and Its luminescence, and she conceived from It. It begot a spark of light in a light resembling blessedness, but it was [not] equal to Its greatness. This one was only-begotten of the Mother Father who had appeared. He is his only offspring, the only-begotten of the Father, the pure light.

Then the invisible virginal Spirit rejoiced over the light [which] had come into being, that one who first appeared from the first power of Its Pronoia, which is Barbelo. And It [an]ointed him from Its own goodness/Christhood until he became perfect, not lacking anything of [good]ness/[Christ]hood because It had anointed him in the [goo]d[ndss/[Chri]st[ho]od of the invisible Spirit. And he stood in Its presence while It poured upon him. A[nd] im[medi]ately when he had received from the Sp[irit, he] gl[or]ified the holy Spirit and the perfect Pro[n]oia, for he had been revealed because of her. And he asked to be given a fellow worker, which is Mind. And It stared. And in the invisible Spirit’s act of staring, Mind was revealed. And he stood with Christ, glorifying him and Barbelo, for all these came into being in silence.

Jung termed the nondual “Pleroma,” where nothingness is the same as fullness”…an Absolute in which there is no division between subject and object. Jung intuited this nondual Pleroma to be a collective transpersonal reservoir, an ocean of collective unconscious. From this omnipotent universal Pleroma our individual psyches coalesce around “attractor archetypes.” In this sense Jung echoed the eastern axiom: “Emptiness is Form, Form is Emptiness.”

Considering the primordial nature of the psyche, Jung reflected on the ‘seeds of light broadcast in the chaos’ (Khunrath) , of the ‘scintillae’ (Dorn), soul sparks (Eckhart), of fish-eyes at the bottom of the sea, or images of luminous serpent eyes. He spoke of the virtual light of such luminous nodal points emerging from the abyssal depths, eventually including dynamical processes and all types of universally recurring patterns of behavior in the psyche.

Jung described his intuitive apprehension of the Pleroma exhaustively in Seven Sermons to the Dead. Jung’s Plenum is a field of universal potential, unbound luminosity and infinite awareness. Space isn’t an empty vacuum but characterized as universal potential and creative flow.

Hear Ye: I begin with nothing. Nothing is the same as fullness. In the endless state fullness is the same as emptiness. The Nothing is both empty and full. One may just as well state some other thing about the Nothing, namely that it is white or that it is black or that it exists or that it exists not. That which is endless and eternal has no qualities, because it has all qualities.

The Nothing, or fullness, is called by us the PLEROMA. In it thinking and being cease, because the eternal is without qualities. In it there is no one, for if anyone were, he would be differentiated from the Pleroma and would possess qualities which would distinguish him from the Pleroma.

In the Pleroma there is nothing and everything: it is not profitable to think about the Pleroma, for to do that would mean one’s dissolution.

The CREATED WORLD is not in the Pleroma, but in itself. The Pleroma is the beginning and end of the created world. The Pleroma penetrates the created world as the sunlight penetrates the air everywhere. Although the Pleroma penetrates it completely, the created world has no part of it, just as an utterly transparent body does not become either dark or light in color as the result of the passage of light through it. We ourselves, however, are the Pleroma, so it is that the Pleroma is present within us. Even in the smallest point the Pleroma is present without any bounds, eternally and completely, for small and great are the qualities which are alien to the Pleroma. The Pleroma is the nothingness which is everywhere complete and without end. It is because of this that I speak of the created world as a portion of the Pleroma, but only in an allegorical sense; for the Pleroma is not divided into portions, for it is nothingness. We, also, are the total Pleroma; for figuratively the Pleroma is an exceedingly small, hypothetical, even non-existent point within us, and also it is the limitless firmament of the cosmos about us. Why, however, do we discourse about the Pleroma, if it is the all, and also nothing?

The pairs of opposites are the qualities of the Pleroma: they are also in reality non-existent because they cancel each other out. … Since we ourselves are the Pleroma, we also have these qualities present within us; inasmuch as the foundation of our being is differentiation, we possess these qualities in the name and under the sign of differentiation.
http://holographicarchetypes.weebly.com/luminous-ground.html

Clear LightHuman consciousness instinctively seeks ‘cosmic zero.’ Arguably, the most sophisticated model for the psychological nature of mind and the “Nature Mind” comes from centuries of experimentation and direct observation by Tibetan Buddhists. They emphasize experience of the Clear Light and primordial awareness, and aim at glimpsing, recognizing, and stabilizing such states with their practices.If the vacuum (scalar) potential of Absolute Space equates with “pure unconditioned consciousness” or ‘complete awareness’ can we experience or apprehend such directly as has been implied by spiritual masters? In what sense does ‘primordial awareness’ correlate with scalar potential, the uncreated state of vacuum fluctuation? In what sense is this pre-conscious, or non-conscious an agent of mind-matter creation? Is it knowable through intuition, gnosis, spontaneous apprehension, or spiritual discipline?

We can compare and contrast the mystical and scientific observations. Pure consciousness is knowledge born from pure intuition. This can be called pure knowledge. It pertains to the non-phenomenal forms of uncreated existence. Absolute space is the noumenal source of phenomenal consciousness, a fundamental quality, and Mind is a higher order hyperspace field outside brain’s EM field. Fundamental proto-consciousness finds more particular expression when matter comes together in a certain way. Physics still struggles to describe this process, but is currently looking toward spin and entanglement as observable clues.

Endless Real Potential

We are beginning to understand what nature has been hiding. The zero-point field is a blinding light. Since it is everywhere, inside and outside of us, permeating every atom in our bodies, we are effectively blind to it. It blinds us by its presence. The world of light that we do see is all the rest of the light that is over and above the zero-point field. We cannot eliminate the zero-point field from our eyes. So, the vacuum is filled with a distinctive pattern of electromagnetic fields. Even with its pattern of electric and magnetic fields in continual fluctuation, the vacuum remains the simplest state of nature. Life takes refuge in a single space – absolute space — the luminous core of meaning itself.

This “ground of becoming” may be characterized as a relative vacuum state of consciousness,voided of all manner of mental activity. This mental phenomenon can be accessed through meditative quiescence, the cultivation of nondual contemplative insight. Such relative and ultimate vacuum states of consciousness seem remarkably similar to relative and absolute vacuum states of space presented in contemporary physics.

Photon interaction is the absorption and emission of photons by particles or objects. The macroscopic world is created by this interaction, which is the basic quantum change interaction. Scalar waves are emitted and absorbed by the nuclei of atoms, passing right through the electron shells without interaction. If photon interaction is invoked, classical reality emerges.  Photon interaction creates classical objectivity. Since light carries time, photon emission from an entity strips away the time dimension converting it to a spatial object.

Ervin Laslo says, “Information is entirely basic in the universe. In the latest conception the universe doesn’t consist of matter and space; it consists of energy and information. Energy exists in the form of wave-patterns and wave-propagations in the quantum vacuum that fills space; in its various forms, energy is the “hardware” of the universe. The “software” is information. The universe is not an assemblage of bits of inert matter moving passively in empty space: it’s a dynamic and coherent whole. The energy that constitutes its hardware is always and everywhere “in-formed.” It’s in-formed by what David Bohm called the implicate order and physicists now regard as the quantum vacuum or zero-point field (also called physical spacetime, universal field, or nuether). This is the “in-formation” that structures the physical world, the information we grasp as the laws of nature.”

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“It looks like important physical objects, such as curved space-times … emerge naturally from entanglement in tensor network states via holography,” writes physicist Román Orús of Johannes Gutenberg University in Germany.

In particular, a formulation of tensor networks called MERA (for multi-scale entanglement renormalization ansatz) seems especially promising with respect to understanding gravity. MERA tensor networks describe patterns of entanglement in certain complicated quantum systems, generating a geometry reminiscent of the extra-dimensional space that Maldacena discussed in his duality. In other words, it’s a real-life realization of the quantum field theory-gravity duality.

“When seen from this perspective,” writes Orús, “one would say that geometry (and gravity) seems to emerge from local patterns of entanglement in quantum many-body states.” Thus, he points out, the tensor network approach supports the conclusion suggested in previous work by Raamsdonk and others: “Gravitational spacetime emerges from quantum entanglement.”

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“A metaphorical chip holding all the programming for our universe stores information like a quantum computer.” This is the radical insight to the foundation of our Universe developed by Mark Van Raamsdonk, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of British Columbia, that says that the world we see around us is a projection from a set of rules written in simpler, lower-dimensional physics—just as the 2D code in a computer’s memory chip creates an entire virtual 3D world. “What Mark has done is put his finger on a key ingredient of how space-time is emerging: entanglement,” says Gary Horowitz, who studies quantum gravity at the University of California Santa Barbara. Horowitz says this idea has changed how people think about quantum gravity, though it hasn’t yet been universally accepted. “You don’t come across this idea by following other ideas. It requires a strange insight,” Horowitz adds. “He is one of the stars of the younger generation.”

“We’re trying to construct a dictionary,” says Van Raamsdonk, that allows physicists to translate descriptions of our complex universe into simpler terms. If they succeed, they will have found the biggest jigsaw piece in the puzzle of a Grand Unified Theory—something that can describe all of the forces of our universe, at all scales from the atomic to the galactic. That puzzle piece is, specifically, something that can describe gravity within the framework of quantum mechanics, which governs physics on small scales. Such a unified theory is needed to explain the extreme scenarios of a black hole or the first moments of the universe.” The catacylst for Van Raamsdonk’s theory was a 1998 paper by Juan Maldacena a theoretical astrophysicist at Princeton’s Institite for Advanced studies that proposed that to understand quantum gravity through string theory, you can look instead to the much more ordinary, well-described system of quantum mechanics called quantum field theory that concluded that it seems that all the information about our complex multi-dimensional world can be described using a simpler, lower-dimensional language—just as a 3D image is projected from the 2D screen of a hologram, or a 3D computer gaming world created from a 2D memory chip. “After that, people wrote thousands of papers just testing whether that could be true,” says Van Raamsdonk. “No one has actually proven it, but we’re as certain about it as about anything in physics,” he added.

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Holographic Archetypes: Quantum Bioholography ~ Iona Miller

artist Cameron Gray

Complex information can be encoded in EM fields, as we all know from coding and decoding of television and radio signals. Even more complex information can be encoded in holographic images. DNA acts as a holographic projector of acoustic and EM information which contains the informational quintessence of the biohologram. Only 3% of human DNA encodes the physical body. The remaining 97% of the 3 billion base pair genome contains over a million genetic structures called transposons, that have the capacity to jump from one chromosomal location to another (Kelleher, 1999). We are 99.9% alike in our genetic legacy. Our individuality is expressed in three million small variations in our cells, called single nucleotide polymorphisms.

Gene-expression is the mechanism by which new patterns are called into being (Rossi, 2000). There is also a strong correlation between modulation of the brain’s EM field and consciousness (Persinger, 1987; McFadden, 2002). The Gariaev group has discovered a wave-based genome and DNA phantom effect which strongly supports the holographic concept of reality (Miller, Webb, Dickson, 1975). This main information channel of DNA is the same for both photons and radio waves. Superposed coherent waves of different types in the cells interact to form diffraction patterns, firstly in the acoustic domain, secondly in the electromagnetic domain — a quantum hologram — a translation process between acoustical and optical holograms.

Creative, novel and enriching psychotherapeutic experiences can lead to neurogenesis, gene expression, and healing which facilitate mindbody communication and can have a long-term transformative effect on the whole person (Rossi, 2002). Thus, bioholography has relevant applications for optimizing health, well-being and even self-realization. It is relevant in biophysics, medicine, psychobiology, psychotherapy and the holistic healing arts. It provides us with a more genetically integrated model of the complex dynamics of the mindbody — one arising in the domain underlying the standard genetic code triplet model.

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FROM HELIX TO HOLOGRAM ~ Iona Miller

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FROM HELIX TO HOLOGRAM ~ Iona Miller

Form is not other than Void; Void is not other than Form.
(from the Heart Sutra)

What is DNA?

Where did it come from?

How does it function to create life, to create us?

We have some of the biochemical answers, but we can look deeper into biophysics for our models. We propose that DNA functions in a way that correlates with holographic projection. DNA projects a blueprint for the organism that is translated from the electrodynamic to the molecular level. Furthermore, research strongly suggests DNA functions as a biocomputer. This DNA-wave biocomputer reads and writes genetic code and forms holographic pre-images of biostructures.  We are more fundamentally electromagnetic rather than chemical beings.

BIOCOSMOLOGY

Where do we come from?

Imagine the possibility that life may have come from the fertile womb of the Universe to Earth as a tiny hitchhiking alien, using a meteor as a spacecraft. Anaxagoras, an ancient Greek, first proposed the theory that the seeds of life are spread throughout the Universe.

A science for discovering the foundations of life needs a theory—a biological Big Bang. One current theory has emerged from astrobiology, the science that searches for life in the Universe. It is a candidate to replace the old concept that life arose on Earth in a “primordial soup”.

Panspermia alleges that life exists and is distributed uniformly through the Universe in the form of amino acids, microbes, germs and spores. If life arose extraterrestrially, then our planet is not a closed system. The fossil evidence shows that life took root on Earth as soon as possible once the heavy bombardment period subsided, the planet cooled and water formed. Vulcanism and space debris made conditions inhospitable to life for the first half-a-billion years of planetary existence.

This “seed of life” can travel between worlds and arrive by natural means such as ballistic impact, meteorite and comet. Intergalactic space may be permeated with cosmic dust and microbes. Evidence shows they could survive the hard-core radiation and the near-absolute cold of deep space. Some researchers (Hoyle and Wickramasinghe, 2000) believe these “seeds” of life are raining down on us all the time, affirming our cosmic ancestry.

Four billion years ago there was no DNA on planet Earth. It is widely believed that our DNA/protein-based cells are derived from an earlier world based on RNA, which can both replicate information and be a catalyst for chemical or metabolic processes. In the prebiotic era, self-assembling RNA was both the genetic and catalytic basis. The simple genome resided in the RNA—a single circular chromosome.

We still don’t know how RNA arose in the first place (Poole, 1998). Perhaps it arose from some simpler, self-replicating molecule.

The evolutionary path from the RNA world led to the most primitive organisms: prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea) and eukaryotes (single-celled organisms). Neither variety of primitive organism is a complete cell, but even prokaryotes have some free-floating DNA and ribosomes to make protein. Ribosomes “read” the genetic information and make whatever the cell needs. They possibly existed longer than 3.55 billion years ago, as their fossils and carbon deposits may indicate. Even exponents of competing theories on the origin of life agree ribosomes are at least 2.7 billion years old (Copley, 2003).

For 500 million years there were only RNA-based organisms. Primitive life could exist in hostile surroundings with extreme heat and acidity or with no oxygen or even light. Latest findings show that this life-form descends deep within the crust of our planet, and perhaps other planets. It seems life is not so fragile after all, but hearty and robust.

The womb of our Universe is fertile—not hostile to life.

How life took a quantum leap into the world that eventually manifested human life is still a mystery. To call it life, you need a cell with both a nucleus and a containing membrane. The mystery is written in the cells and molecules of all the life that still surrounds us.

The eukaryotes evolved in complexity, developing cellular characteristics. Arguably, there are fossils 3.8 billion years old that have structural molecules, ribosomes and protein-synthesizing machinery. Proteins make possible the molecules for the “blueprint” molecule DNA.

The stable DNA molecule became the genome carrier.

SALT OF THE EARTH

We wish to suggest a structure for the salt of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biological interest.

Thus, Watson and Crick announced their revolutionary discovery with an understatement about their studies on pure, crystallized DNA. But what was the role in the evolution of life for this “salt of the earth”?

A shift to an oxygen-rich atmosphere 2.0 billion years ago allowed the evolution of cells with a nucleus. Eukaryotes keep their DNA structures in a nucleus. They have 10 to 1,000 times more of this genetic sub-stance than prokaryotes. For a thousand million years there were only prokaryotes (microbes) and single-celled micro-organisms, eukaryotes. Their reign covers half the timeline of life on Earth.

Cells became more and more complex over aeons, and developed into organs and beings evolved to fuel them. Plants, fish, vertebrae, insects, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, birds and flowers appeared. All animals, insects, plants, fungi and algae are eukaryotes, though the volume of prokaryotes far outnumbers cellular life. Prokaryotes are still essential to sustaining life on the planet. RNA still plays a vital role in cellular life, and hasn’t relinquished its primal importance.

Perhaps life did not evolve on Earth at all if it is over 3,850 mil-lion years old.

Maybe it did come in the form of intergalactic organic compounds of extremely hardy bacteria, spores and microbes from space, perhaps safely nestled deep in meteors, comets and planetary debris torn loose in collisions. Once they arrived from space, according to the theory, they self-assembled as proteins, then amino acids and life—with the ability to grow and reproduce.

DNA became the active repository of nature’s blueprints for life—a library of proteins. Deoxyribonucleic acid is the molecule that programs our genetic potential. It is a virtually immortal thread tying us to all the life that has ever existed.

Decoding life has become a reality, pulling off the veil of nature’s mysterious process. Scientists can now purify, amplify and reproduce DNA in the laboratory. They can also overwrite the genetic code to create wholly new organisms.

THE GENETIC ODE

The secret of life!

How long mankind has yearned to know its essence and how to extend lifespan and improve health. The discovery of the DNA helix in 1953, by Watson and Crick, revealed the shape of this magic molecule. The following 50 years of research has led directly to our ability to read the human genome. We can now decipher its creative meaning and imitate its creative evolution.

Genetic engineering is no longer a chimera or sci-fi dream, but a stark reality. In terms of genetics, we are moving from the machine age to the gene age. A flood of new genetic information is transforming science and medicine.

A linear string of nucleotides makes up DNA. It specifies “codons”, which in turn specify the amino acids that make up all of the different proteins that combine together to make a body. Five decades of tedious work made it possible to identify the 3.3 billion nucleotides that encode the sequence of the human genome.

Where are we now?

It remains to be seen what sort of balance we strike between using the genome for good or ill, or even if we retain our “humanity” and genetic integrity. Humankind has never attempted such a crucial project before. It has often been said that “the map is not the territory”, and the same holds true for the “map” of the human genome. Looking at the map doesn’t reveal the natural consequences of real-life experimentation.

In complex systems, small changes can quickly pump up into dramatic, often unforeseen and potentially catastrophic consequences.

For the time being, the twisted staircase of DNA is explored in the realms of molecular biology and biochemistry. Based on opening this world of biological organization, we can conjecture what mysteries an even deeper look at the functional basis of living matter might reveal. This is the domain of biophysics, the realm of both particle and wave interactions—fields.

It has been demonstrated that DNA is electrically conductive; much like copper wire, it can carry a charge. It is believed that this live-wire vital capacity may have provided the charge transfer that gave life a jump-start. DNA’s ability to transport charge helps minimize genetic damage from oxidation (Lawton, 2003).

The same fundamental physical laws that govern matter and the Universe also govern living organisms. Even a sound biochemical theory can be replaced by an even better, more fundamental, biophysical theory.

It is still important to study properties at their own levels, not just as consequences of more fundamental scientific disciplines.

Where are we going? Who knows how future generations of man may be engineered from the 3.3 billion “letters” of the human genome? We have been looking to the genetic code for the secret of life. Perhaps we should be listening to the genetic ode: the electromagnetic song of life that reverberates throughout our being—the audible life-stream.

THE HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE

We are more fundamentally electromagnetic rather than chemical beings. The driver of evolution is not DNA, but even more fundamental quantum mechanical symmetry-breaking forces (King, 2003).

If we drop down another whole domain of observation from the juicy “wetware” described by chemistry and atomic structure, we enter the subatomic realm of quantum physics. At this level the behavior of matter, both organic and inorganic, is governed not by classical notions of cause and effect or even complex dynamics, but by those of quantum probability.

“Something” appears to emerge from virtually “nothing”— which physicists have come to describe as a “sea of infinite potential”. They call it “quantum foam”, “vacuum potential” or “zero-point energy”; we can call it the “vacuum substructure”.

Subatomic particles wink in and out of existence on a continuous basis, like some subatomic froth. This “something” appears paradoxically in wave/particle form. This world is not transcendent to matter, but underlies it as a coherent unity—much like ecology underlies biology.

Within this context, some physicists have strongly suggested that the nature of reality is fundamentally analogous to that of a holographic projection. The optical process of holography uses interference patterns. Holography describes transformations of light and optical information mathematically in wave mechanics terms.

The superposition of a split beam of laser light led to the laboratory development of holograms, or recordable holographic images, demonstrated by Dennis Gabor beginning in 1949. In 1971, Karl Pribram applied this metaphor to neuropsychology, suggesting it was more than analogy and that the brain actually encodes information as holograms. The pattern holds the form.

Holograms contain all the information needed to reconstruct a whole image. They contain many dimensions of information in far less space, like a compressed file. They hold that information in a subtle network of interacting frequencies. Thus, shining a coherent light (reference beam) or laser through the fuzzy-looking overlapping waves of a two-dimensional hologram can create a virtual image of a three-dimensional figure.

The gist of the holographic paradigm is that there is a more fundamental reality. There is an invisible flux not comprised of parts, but an inseparable interconnectedness. The holographic paradigm is one of reciprocal enfolding and unfolding of patterns of information. All potential information about the Universe is holographically encoded in the spectrum of frequency patterns constantly bombarding us.

In this dynamic model there are no “things”, just energetic events. This “holoflux” includes the ultimately flowing nature of what is, and all possible forms. All the objects of our world are three-dimensional images formed of standing and moving waves by electromagnetic and nuclear processes. This is the guiding matrix for self-assembly and for manipulating and organizing physical reality.

Crisscrossing patterns occur when two or more waves ripple through each other. In the transactional interpretation of quantum physics, waves of probability originate in the past, present and future. Events manifest when waves from past and future interfere with each other in the present. That pattern creates matter and energy. The Universe emerges from the rippling effects of immense numbers of crisscrossing interference waves. The geometry of the fields is more fundamental than the fields or emergent particles themselves.

Our brains mathematically construct “concrete” reality by interpreting frequencies from another dimension. This information realm of meaningful, patterned, primary reality transcends time and space. Thus, the brain is an embedded hologram, interpreting a holographic Universe. All existence consists of embedded holograms within holograms, and their interrelatedness somehow gives rise to our existence and sensory images.

Interference patterns of waves can be visualized interacting like ripples on a pond. At the quantum level they create matter and energy as we perceive them—lifelike three-dimensional effects. Consciousness and matter share the same essence, differing by degrees of subtlety or density. There is a strong correlation between modulations of the brain’s electromagnetic (EM) field and consciousness (Persinger, 1987; McFadden, 2002).

The Universe is a continuously evolving, interactively dynamic hologram.

This “Holographic Concept of Reality” was first suggested by Miller, Webb and Dickson in 1973, and later touted by David Bohm (1980), Ken Wilber (1982), Karl Pribram (1991), Michael Talbot (1991) and others. In this holistic theory, the Universe is considered as one dynamic holo-movement—a grand Unity.

The part is not only contained with-in the Whole; the Whole is contained in every part, only in lower resolution.

So, following the axiom of “As Above, So Below”, we can expect biology to be based on the same physical foundation of creation. Miller and Webb hypothesized precisely this in “Embryonic Holography”, also in 1973. At the time, of course, such notions were untestable

But, with continuing revolutions in technology, now we are closer to modeling and demonstrating this creative process.

DNA AS HOLOGRAPHIC PROJECTOR

In a hologram, wave fields interfere with one another to lay the foundations for the reconstruction of the image of an object. But how are the wave fields produced? The term “holography” comes from the Greek roots meaning “entire” and “to write”. In holography, the image is projected by a coherent light source split into both the object wave and the reference wave background.

This dichotomous nature is reflected in the particle/wave nature of the DNA molecule, which can be “read out” with biophotons from chromosomes to set up a holographically produced wave field. This superposition of wave fields (object wave and reference wave) creates a wave guide for the formation of biological structure. The image is constructed according to the reference information contained in the genes. The reconstructed object wave is identical with the object wave field. The reconstructed wave fields reproduce exactly the recorded ones (the DNA with genetic code).

Russian research in genetics led scientists to begin looking experimentally at the helical structure of DNA as a possible holographic “projector” of the DNA code. Thus, the existential blueprint described by the spiral staircase of DNA is translated into a complex EM field that guides the molecular growth of the organism. Miller et al. suggested as much three decades ago, and outlined possible mechanisms of this quantum biohologram at both the cellular and whole organism level.

This process emerges from a domain more fundamental than the standard genetic code triplet model. Biophysics can now describe how our form emerges directly from the void, the vacuum substructure. In essence, we emerge from the cosmic void— pre-geometrically-structured nothingness. DNA is the projector of that field which sets up the stress gradients in the vacuum sub-structure to initiate dynamic unfolding. Genes function as holographic memories of the existential blueprint.

At the moment of ovulation there is a definite shift in the electrical fields of the body of a woman. The membrane in the follicle bursts and the egg passes down the Fallopian tube. The sperm is negative with respect to the egg. When the sperm and egg unite, the membrane around the egg becomes hyperpolarized, shutting out other sperm. It is at this moment that the electromagnetic entity is formed.

The fertilized egg cell contains all the holistic information necessary to create a complete, operational, human being. The biohologram begins to function at conception and ceases only at death. Our contention is that the DNA at the centre of each cell creates the multi-cellular creature hologram by expressing and projecting the DNA in the centre of the cells.

The biohologram projected by the embryonic nervous system forms a three-dimensional pattern of resonant structures. These structures behave as acoustic waves, acting as field guides for flowing matter and energy. The holograms are “read” by an electromagnetic or acoustic field that carries the gene-wave information beyond the limits of the chromosome structure.

In this new understanding, DNA and the chromosome apparatus is the recording, storing, transducing and transmitting system for genetic information at both material and physical field levels.

DNA-WAVE BIOCOMPUTER

The Gariaev group (1994) proposed a theory of the “DNA-wave Biocomputer”.

They suggest that:
there are genetic “texts”, similar to the context-dependent texts in human language

the chromosome apparatus acts simultaneously both as a source and receiver of these genetic texts, respectively decoding and encoding them

the chromosome continuum acts like a dynamic holographic grating, which displays or transduces weak laser light and a solitonic electro-acoustic field. In other words, the code is transformed into physical matter, guided by light and sound signals

Complex information can be encoded in EM fields, as we all know from coding and decoding of television and radio signals. Even more complex information can be encoded in holographic images. DNA acts as a holographic projector of acoustic and EM information that contains the informational quintessence of the biohologram. Quantum non-locality of genetic information is fundamental.

The nervous system acts as a coordination mechanism that integrates DNA projection of the rest of the cells in the system, aligning these cellular holograms. The biohologram, projected by the brain, creates standing and moving electromagnetic wave patterns at different frequencies of the spectrum in order to effect different biochemical transformations. There may be specific electrostatic fields, or there may be electrodynamic fields varying at different frequencies, from low (radio waves) all the way up the spectrum into visible light (biophotons) and beyond.

Genes are located on chromosomes in a linear order within the cell nucleus. Chromosomes have the ability to transform their own genetic-sign laser radiation into broadband genetic-sign radio waves (the encoded signal transforms from light to sound). The polarization of chromosome laser photons is connected non-locally and coherently to polarizations of radio waves.

Through this mechanism, a new field structure is excited from the physical vacuum by an intrinsic creativity that emerges through DNA. The genome’s genetic and other regulatory wave information is recorded at the polarization level of its photons and is non-locally transferred or played out through the entire biosystem by the polarization code parameter.

Only 3% of the three billion base-pair genome encodes the physical body. The four-letter alphabet of genetic elements— Adenine (A), Cytosine (C), Guanine (G), and Thymine (T) or Uracil (U)—is arranged in three-letter “words” that tell the cell what proteins to manufacture. These genetic characters are distributed in the genetic text in a fractal distribution, i.e., reiterated.

So, the nucleotides of DNA molecules are able to form holographic pre-images of biostructures. This process of “reading and writing” the very matter of our being manifests from the genome’s associative holographic aspect in conjunction with its quantum non-locality.

Rapid transmission of genetic information and gene expression unite the organism as an holistic entity embedded in the larger Whole. Gene expression is the mechanism by which new patterns are called into being. The system works as a biocomputer—a wave biocomputer.

This biogenesis mirrors the cosmic process of creation. The holographic dynamic underlies both processes of cosmological creation and biogenesis. Chemical bonding is a consequence of the non-linear inverse-square law of electromagnetic charge inter-action in space-time. Charge interaction precedes quantum chemistry perturbations of bonding energetics. Despite being genetically coded, molecules form fractal structures both in their geometry and dynamics. Generating core biochemical pathways gives rise to the fractal structures of proteins, nucleic acids and tissues.

Theories of biogenesis, such as panspermia, are strongly supported by the fact that organic molecules and amino acids, as well as the nucleotides A, U, G and C, have been detected in meteorites.

It is a fecund Universe at both the cosmic and human scale.

QUANTUM BIOHOLOGRAPHY

Hypothesis: The organization of any biological system is established by a complex electrodynamical field that is, in part, determined by its atomic physiochemical components. These, in part, determine the behavior and orientation of these components. This dynamic is mediated through wave-based genomes wherein DNA functions as the holographic projector of the psychophysical system—a quantum biohologram.

In the mid-1980s, physicist Peter Gariaev first noted a DNA phantom effect in his experiments. DNA was bombarded with laser light. When removed physically from the scattering chamber, its electromagnetic signature—a ghostly holographic after-image—apparently remained. What is measured is light scattering from the DNA phantom fields. As long as the chamber is not disturbed, the effect is measurable for long periods of time. No other substance has been found to emulate the effects of the DNA molecule.

Evidence suggests a relationship to the phenomena of endogenous bioluminescence, liquid crystals and superconductivity. Bioluminescence is the emission of photons of light produced when certain energized electrons drop into a lower or ground state. Humans emit a variety of electromagnetic radiations across the emission spectrum, indicative of the energy state of the organism.

In the nuclei of each cell of the human body, the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) carries the structure of our whole body. It is the blueprint not only of our physical form, but also of the processes that our form undergoes in terms of survival. The primal vacuum is the matrix of our existence and, proportionately, our most fundamental reality. In essence, we emerge from pre-geometrically-structured nothingness.

DNA is the projector of that field which sets up the stress gradients in the vacuum or quantum foam to initiate the process of embryonic holography.

THE DNA PHANTOM EFFECT

The Gariaev group has discovered a wave-based genome and DNA phantom effect that strongly supports the holographic concept of reality. This main information channel of DNA is the same for both photons and radio waves. Superposed coherent waves of different types in the cells interact to form diffraction pat-terns. They emerge firstly in the acoustic domain, and secondly in the electromagnetic domain.

DNA seems to embody the capacity to produce a field experienced by other DNA in the body, linking all holistically together. This dynamic is linked to the cellular level via mechanisms of RNA transfer and enzymatic action in the cell. DNA and RNA are likely to be in non-local communication, possible because DNA molecules in chromosomes are in a state of substance-wave duality. So, DNA codes an organism both through DNA matter and by DNA wave sign functions at the laser radiation level. Wave information is recorded at the polarization level of photons and is non-local. It is transferred throughout the biosystem by the polarization code parameter, eliciting holistic response patterns.

Gariaev claims to have demonstrated subtle fields emerging from the quantum foam or vacuum potential, making the effect quantifiable, measurable and objective. He found the phantom effect by irradiating DNA with a target UV wavelength of 338 nm. Poponin (1995) went on to suggest that some new field structure is being excited from the physical vacuum by an intrinsic ability that emerges through DNA.

Gariaev discovered the DNA phantom effect in 1985 when he worked in correlation spectroscopy of DNA, ribosomes and collagen at the Institute of Physics in the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. He was first able to publish his results in 1991, leading to a book, Wave-Based Genome, published in 1994. He demonstrated a dynamic new field in the vacuum substructure by bombarding it with coherent laser light and coupling it to conventional electromagnetic fields.

The experimental protocols for this procedure have been reproduced in Moscow from ideas developed at Stanford, and are currently in another replication by physicist Louis Malklaka.

YOU TURN ME ON – I’M A RADIO

In analyzing any complex adaptive system, we follow what happens to the information; in this case, the genetic information. The quantum hologram is a dynamical translation process between acoustical and optical holograms. DNA and the genome have been identified as active “laser-like” environments. Roughly speaking, DNA can be considered a liquid crystal gel-like state that acts on the incoming light in the manner of a solitonic lattice. A soliton is an ultra-stable wave train that arises in the context of non-linear wave oscillation. Oscillations are set up when DNA acts as a rotary pendulum, kindling other oscillations.

Chromosomes can transform their own genetic-sign laser radiations into broadband genetic-sign radio waves. This is the main information channel of DNA, the same for both photons and radio waves. Superposed coherent waves of different types in the cells interact to form diffraction patterns, first in the acoustic domain and then in the electromagnetic domain.

The quantum hologram is the matrix of the translations between acoustical and optical holograms. The human biocomputer can be modeled through the marriage of quantum mechanical and complex dynamics.

Other researchers soon obtained similar results, and not only based on photons. Multi-frequency physical fields are now teleported. Based on this data, it’s possible to suppose that photon fields, emitted by chromosomes as sign fields, can be teleported within or even outside the organism’s space.

The same is true for wave photon fronts, which were read from the chromosome continuum similar to reading from a multiplex hologram. If photons are trans-formed into radio waves through the EPR-mechanism, then this phenomenon is vital. In fact, the importance of quantum non-locality existence for a genome is hard to overestimate.

(Gariaev et al., 2001) Basic assumptions of Gariaev et al. included the following:

The genome has a capacity for quasi-consciousness so that DNA “words” produce and help in the recognition of “semantically meaningful phrases”

The DNA of chromosomes controls fundamental programs of life in a dual way: as chemical matrixes and as a source of wave function and holographic memory

Processes in the substance-wave structures of the genome can be observed and registered through the dispersion and absorption of a bipolar laser beam.

QUANTUM TELEPORTATION
The polarizations of chromosome laser photons are connected non-locally and coherently to polarizations of radio waves. The signal can be “read out” without any loss of the essential information in the form of polarized radio waves. The genome is a quasi-hologram of light and radio waves that create the background necessary for the appropriate expression of genetic material.

Gariaev argues that the genome emits light and radio waves whose delocalized interference patterns create calibration fields or “blue-prints” for a system or organism’s space-time organization, in a coordinated response typical of living systems. Gariaev asserts that quantum non-locality and holography are indispensable to explaining such real-time dynamics properly.

Other research suggests the fundamental interaction of internal and external fields is the right track. Joseph Jacobson (2002) at MIT found a way to switch cells off and on with radio waves. His team also “unzipped” and manipulated DNA with a radio-frequency pulse. The same approach worked on proteins as well, and proteins orchestrate nearly all cellular chemical processes.

Thus, genes can act as quantum objects exhibiting the phenomenon of quantum non-locality/teleportation. This robust dynamic assures information super-redundancy, cohesion and the organism’s integrity and thus viability. Gariaev’s experiments suggest that DNA does indeed behave like a single quantum, which induces a “hole” temporarily in the vacuum when the DNA sample is physically removed from the vacuum chamber.

Quantum bioholography says that DNA satisfies the principle of computer construction. It carries a copy of itself, its own blue-print, while the mechanism engineering the DNA replication is the biophotonic electromagnetic field. The “letters” of the genetic texts A, G, C, U are held invariant. The existence of the genetic text constitutes the classical signal process of quantum teleportation. It facilitates the quantum mechanical signal processes of both the copying of the DNA as its own blueprint and the construction and homeostasis of the organism in a massively parallel way by means of quantum teleportation.

So, the marriage of the 50-year-old study of DNA with the 30-year-old science of holography has given birth to the model we call the quantum biohologram. Gariaev’s discovery of the phantom DNA and the DNA-wave biocomputer strongly suggests that this is more than a model but actually the physical mechanism for our appearance from virtually nothing. In one way, you could say we “came out of nowhere”.

But here we are, nevertheless. It is solely because of our DNA’s ability to transform its genetic blueprint into a physical reality, embodying simultaneously our inherited past and our future. Sure, we can now create ersatz life, but we cannot create the fundamental elements from which it arises, which are the gift of the Universe, cooked in giant supernovae aeons ago.

It’s like that old joke where the scientist says to God,

“We can now make an Adam out of clay”, and God says, “No; first you have to make your own dirt!”

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HOLOGRAPHIC DREAMS, Within the Mouth of the Deep, ~ Iona Miller

 

Our dreams, as well as our corporeal being have roots in a holographic cosmos. This is reflected in the holographic nature of our brains and the processing of underlying information encoded holographically within everything. Dreams are phenomenological. Jung thought they arise from the collective unconscious with an ability to transmit symbolic information to the waking psyche. We now know they help us incorporate new experience and consolidate long-term memory. They encourage brain plasticity and gene expression. Archetypes play a role in the unfolding of imagery and in the emergence of the Self and transcendent function, which can appear in an initiatory or healing capacity. Physical body symptoms, addictions, family and relationship problems, group conflicts and social tensions are mirrored in our night time dreams, and vice versa. All these experiences, even the most chaotic-seeming processes, when approached openly, reveal an inner order and coherence from the ‘holographic blur’ that provides new information vital for our personal and collective growth. Dreams are a form of gnosis, knowledge through direct experience, making them of interest in both Consciousness Studies and Physics. Process work integrates concepts from physics, psychology, anthropology, shamanism, and spirituality into a paradigm and methodology with applications in many fields. It helps us build deeper relationships with our dreams and unconscious. New myths grow in our dreams. http://ionamiller.weebly.com

The holographic paradigm is a theory based on the work of David Bohm and Karl Pribram and extrapolated from two ideas:

That the universe is in some sense a holographic structure — proposed by David Bohm
That consciousness is dependent on holographic structure — proposed by Karl Pribram
This paradigm posits that theories using holographic structures may lead to a unified understanding of consciousness and the universe.

The holographic paradigm is rooted in the concept that all organisms and forms are holograms embedded within a universal hologram, which physicist David Bohm[1] called the holomovement. It is an extrapolation of the optical discovery of 2-dimensional holograms by Dennis Gabor in 1947.[2] Holography created an explosion of scientific and industrial interest starting in 1948.

Engineer Thomas Bearden describes holograms as:

photographic recordings of the patterns of interference between coherent light reflected from the object of interest, and light that comes directly from the same source or is reflected by a mirror. When this photo image is illuminated from behind by coherent light, a three-dimensional image of the object appears in space. The characteristic of a hypothetically perfect hologram is that all its content is contained in any finite part of itself (at lower resolution). [3]

In 1973, what has come to be known as the Pribram-Bohm Holographic Model was non-existent. But the Seattle thinktank, Organization for the Advancement of Knowledge (OAK), led by Richard Alan Miller and Burt Webb, were able to synthesize the work of Northrup and Burr on the electromagnetic nature of the human being with Dennis Gabor’s work on optical holograms and come up with a new notion – a holographic paradigm.

In Languages of the Brain (1971), Pribram[4] had postulated that 2-dimensional interference patterns, physical holograms, underlie all thinking. The holographic component, for him, represented the associative mechanisms and contributed to memory retrieval and storage and problem solving.

However, Miller, Webb and Dickson extrapolated that the holographic metaphor extends to n-dimensions and therefore constitutes a fundamental description of the universe and our electromagnetic embedding within that greater field. It suggested the human energy body or bioenergetics was more fundamental than the biochemical domain.

The “Holographic Concept of Reality” (1973)[5] was presented at the 1st Psychotronic Conference in Prague in 1973, and later published by Gordon & Breach in 1975, and again in 1979 in Psychoenergetic Systems: the Interaction of Consciousness, Energy and Matter, edited by Dr. Stanley Krippner.

Miller and Webb followed up their ground-breaking paper with “Embryonic Holography,”[6] which was also presented at the Omniversal Symposium at California State College at Sonoma, hosted by Dr. Stanley Krippner, September 29, 1973. Arguably, this is the first paper to address the quantum biological properties of human beings—the first illustrations of the sources of quantum mindbody.

The organization of any biological system is established by a complex electrodynamic field which is, in part, determined by its atomic physiochemical components. This field, in turn, determines the behavior and orientation of these components. This dynamic is mediated through wave-based genomes wherein DNA functions as the holographic projector of the psychophysical system – a quantum biohologram.

Dropping a level of observation below quantum biochemistry and conventional biophysics, this holographic paradigm proposes that a biohologram determines the development of the human embryo; that we are a quantum bodymind with consciousness informing the whole process through the level of information. They postulated DNA as the possible holographic projector of the biohologram, patterning the three-dimensional electromagnetic standing and moving wave front that constitutes our psychophysical being—quantum bioholography.

The Gariaev (Garyaev) group (1994)[7] has proposed a theory of the Wave-based Genome where the DNA-wave functions as a Biocomputer. They suggest (1) that there are genetic “texts”, similar to natural context-dependent texts in human language; (2) that the chromosome apparatus acts simultaneously both as a source and receiver of these genetic texts, respectively decoding and encoding them; (3) that the chromosome continuum acts like a dynamical holographic grating, which displays or transduces weak laser light and solitonic electro-acoustic fields.[8]

The distribution of the character frequency in genetic texts is fractal, so the nucleotides of DNA molecules are able to form holographic pre-images of biostructures. This process of “reading and writing” the very matter of our being manifests from the genome’s associative holographic memory in conjunction with its quantum nonlocality. Rapid transmission of genetic information and gene-expression unite the organism as holistic entity embedded in the larger Whole. The system works as a biocomputer—a wave biocomputer.[9][10]

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Reblogged with the kind permission of Iona Miller