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Monday, 31 December 2007

Parallel Visions: Shared Realities Meet At Infinity

Parallel Visions   
Shared Realities Meet At Infinity  
 
   
 
A new understanding dawns with the birth of the new millennium, a fresh vision that helps to explain the ultimate mystery –what we and our universe actually are. Can it be that we are creating the universe as we go along, in precisely the same way we create a dream? What happens when we wake up?
 
      It’s widely understood that all of our reality is made up of energy fields - all the parts and particles that combine to produce the world of our senses are immaterial, arising from the intersection of innumerable waves. This is the currently accepted worldview of physics. It’s a short step to the ancient idea that thought and mind - your mind - is itself made of the same stuff that underlies matter – that the world is made of mindstuff and so are you.                 
 
       Are we truly free-willed beings, or is our apparent freedom merely a pleasant illusion, maintained by poor mortal creatures inextricably trapped in a fixed and predetermined time-stream? Are all our actions constrained, directed and preordained by the first moment and momentum of Creation? Was everything we can achieve already created in the arbitrary dice roll of energy pouring out of a mythical Big Bang? All that we know of probability and possibility – ‘quantum’ observations, mechanics and theories – tells us the opposite. Nothing can be predetermined with complete accuracy, everything is different all the time and the universe is not planned or plannable, but is a plenum that is pliable.
 
     Free will can only be real and only applies to you and me if the universe is malleable; and this is its natural state, as the cosmos isn’t locked into any particular fate. Free will is automatic if the universe of our senses is made of mindstuff. Free will is mandatory if our cosmos is intimately connected with all other possible time-tracks, within infinitudes of alternative universes in a multiverse of unending possibilities.  This is the cosmos our semi-medieval, demi-feudal primate civilizations find themselves inhabiting at the dawn of the Third Millennium and our consciousness and freedom are poised at a multileveled crossroads.
 
     A further revelation is that all the ‘subatomic particles’ are vortexes that spin and oscillate in standing waves, to fabricate our notion of reality.  All these vortices exit our universe and twist through all other possible universes on their way back to the place we know as here and now. Our world is a cross-section of a ‘higher’ unity, and all the possible universes are particular expressions of this higher, deeper ‘hyperspace’, expressing itself through every point in time-space simultaneously. Any plane you can slice through a sphere is a single, partial aspect of the sphere itself, and there are an infinite number of slices you can sample. There are an infinite number of planes in a sphere - and there are an infinite number of three dimensional universes in hyperspace.
 
     Our universe is fundamentally a holographic projection coming out of hyperspace; a single slice of a richer reality, a unique, particular unfolding of an infinite series of waves. Your consciousness and the world are both aspects of each other and the universe is contained within each of its components, as a seed contains all the information for the unfolding of a tree. This is the nature of a hologram – that each part(icle) stores the pattern of the whole and that all information is spread ‘non-locally’, everywhere at once. We live in a hologram that we share with everyone and everything else.
 
     Many, many minds have perceived similar visionary explanations for our existence. We’re parts of an infinitely recursive holographic universe that isn’t solid or fixed, but is fractal in nature, with all of its components refracting all the rest. The whole is contained in every part and every particle, on close examination, is revealed as a spinning vortex – like the macrocosm of our universe, continually emerging from everywhere and nowhere, without beginning or end; an infinite aspect of an infinite hyperspace.
 
     As the Hermeticists were alternately praised or slaughtered for saying, ‘as above, so below’; that which is above is reflected in that which is below. Many people have shared similar visions of the nature of reality – as one would expect. Coming from a wide variety of perspectives and disciplines, their visions converge around a common theme, perhaps best summed up by old Omar Khayyam;
 
All that we can see or seem is but a dream within a dream…     
 
Others have approached aspects of the proposition differently;
 
     “Time always flows in one direction only. So rivers never run backwards, and rubble never reorganises itself into a boulder after you’ve dynamited it. Time flows forward like an arrow. It stands to reason, eh? 
 
    “It so happens that it isn’t reasonable at all! According to modern physics, events should always be reversible, theoretically. Consider the universe, overall. The universe is a unit. There isn’t anything that isn’t in the universe. Consequently all parts must be connected to all other parts. Strictly, there can’t be any ‘parts’ at all! 
 
So what is it that links ‘near’ to ‘far’? What is it that links this single unit, the universe? Please consider a source of energy anywhere in the universe. Waves radiate outwards from this source at the speed of light. Radio waves, X-rays, visible light, whatever. We call all these energies ‘retarded’ waves, because they arrive somewhere else later than they set off, whether it’s a minute later or a million years later. Obviously it stands to reason that something should arrive later than it leaves. The effect has to follow the cause.
 
     “Just you try to prove it! According to Maxwell’s fundamental equations of electro-magnetic fields, the opposite case is equally possible. ‘Advanced’ waves can also exist, which travel back through time to converge on their so-called ‘point of origin’. As these must be in equal and opposite reaction to the emission of the retarded waves, we can call on Newton’s Third Law to back us up here…
 
     “All this is theory. But does any waterfall actually flow back to its source? Does starlight ever fly backwards through time to a star to arrive at the same time as it radiates it? Plainly not – to our eyes. Yet this has to be the case for the universe as a whole, or it simply couldn’t hold together in one single unit. It has to act upon itself at a distance in this way. When a ‘retarded’ wave reaches Procyon from Sol, Procyon reacts with an ‘advanced’ wave which travels back through time, to arrive at Sol just as the original retarded wave is setting out. This is happening all the time, everywhere. The whole universe constantly and simultaneously interacts with every single event, every single charge. Only thus is it a ‘universe’.
 
.     “Whenever any event occurs – no matter how humble, just a single electric charge being jiggled – waves radiate outwards and forwards in time to the furthest reaches of the universe, and simultaneously converge from these far reaches. That’s the underlying fabric of Reality – the glue, the universal binding medium. That’s the cosmic field…”[1]
 
      “‘How can you imagine a mind observing the whole of itself? If this mind was entirely taken up with observation what exactly would it be observing?’ Well, if we’re ever to understand the cosmos we have to solve this riddle – because mind and the universe have at least one thing in common; they are both complete, unique systems.
 
                “A universe has no boundary except itself. On the other hand, the universe might have boundaries built into itself internally, just as we do, so that it can be a universe. – the one and only. Just as mind can’t inspect the whole of itself, neither can the universe – in spite of the binding glue of Action-at-a-Distance. What sort of boundaries has it got, though? Likewise, what sort of built-in boundaries has our own knowledge of it got? Are there ‘alternatives’ to the universe that we know? Are there alternative universes within the overall framework of the universe, which we could gain access to?

     “…We need to find out… whether ‘our’ universe – the one we know – is only a partial one. A sub-set of a larger universe. We need to find out whether an ‘alien’ universe can partially share our own frame of reference – and, if so, what type of boundary we might have with it. In other words, how ‘leaky’ is this bounded universe of ours?”[2]
 

     Michael Talbot takes the bull by the horns and turns it into a unicorn is his landmark work, The Holographic Universe;      “In a holographic universe, location is itself an illusion. Just as an image of an apple has no specific location on a piece of holographic film, in a universe that is organised holographically things and objects also possess no definite location; everything is ultimately nonlocal, including consciousness. Thus, although our consciousness appears to be localised in our heads, under certain conditions it can just as easily appear to be localised in the upper corner the room, hovering over a grassy lawn, or floating… on the third floor of a building.
 

                “If the idea of nonlocal consciousness seems difficult to grasp, a useful analogy can once again be found in dreaming. Imagine that you are dreaming you are attending a crowded art exhibit. As you wander among the people and gaze at the artworks, your consciousness appears to be localised in the head of the person you are in the dream. But where is your consciousness really? A quick analysis will reveal that is actually in everything in the dream, in the other people attending the exhibit, in the artworks, even in the very space of the dream. In a dream, location is also an illusion because everything – people, objects, space, consciousness, and so on – is unfolding out of the deeper and more fundamental reality of the dreamer.”[3]
 

     “One of [David] Bohm’s most startling assertions is that the tangible reality of our everyday lives is really a kind of illusion, like a holographic image. Underlying it is a deeper order of existence, a vast and more primary level of reality that gives birth to all the objects and appearances of our physical world in much the same way that a piece of holographic film gives birth to a hologram. Bohm calls this deeper level of reality the implicate (which means ‘enfolded’) order, and he refers to our own level of existence the explicate, or unfolded, order.
 

     “…when something is organised holographically, all semblance of location breaks down. Saying that every part of a piece of holographic film contains all the information possessed by the whole is really just another way of saying that the information is distributed nonlocally…
 

     “[Bohm] says that everything in the universe is part of a continuum. Despite the apparent separateness of things at the explicate level, everything is a seamless extension of everything else, and ultimately even the implicate and explicate orders blend into each other.
 

                 “Take a moment to consider this. Look at your hand. Now look at the light streaming… beside you. And at the dog resting at your feet. You are not merely made of the same things. You are the same thing. One thing. Unbroken. One enormous something that has extended its uncountable arms and appendages into all the apparent objects, atoms, restless oceans, and twinkling stars in the cosmos.
 

                 “Bohm cautions that this does not mean the universe is a giant undifferentiated mass. Things can be part of an undivided whole and still possess their own unique qualities. To illustrate what he means he points to the little eddies and whirlpools that often form in a river. At a glance such eddies appear to be separate things and possess many individual characteristics such as size, rate, and direction of rotation, et cetera. But careful scrutiny reveals that it is impossible to determine where any given whirlpool ends and the river begins. Thus, Bohm is not suggesting that the difference between ‘things’ is meaningless. He merely wants us to be aware constantly  that dividing various aspects of the holomovement into ‘things’ is always an abstraction, a way of making those aspects stand out in our perception by our way of thinking…”[4]
 

                 “Indeed, Bohm believes that our almost universal tendency to fragment the world and ignore the dynamic interconnectedness of all things is responsible for many of our problems, not only in science but in our lives and our society as well. For instance, we believe we can extract valuable parts of the earth without affecting the whole. We believe it is possible to treat parts of the body and not be concerned with the whole. We believe we can deal with various problems in our society, such as crime, poverty, and drug addiction, without addressing the problems in our society as a whole, and so on. In his writings Bohm argues passionately that our current way of fragmenting the world into parts not only doesn’t work, but may even lead to our extinction.”[5]
 

The confluence of thought on this topic is more than coincidence or serendipity - all minds are connected. This is automatically the case in a holographic universe. Thus the wisdom of the ancients, the hoarded secrets of the Illumined, the transcendent understanding of mystics and the perceptions of modern physicists are all the same vision perceived through different eyes.

      Your mind is a hologram – not apart or a part, but a parcel of Bohm’s ever-changing ‘holomovement’. You are intimately connected with everyone and everything and psychic abilities are not merely possible – they’re inextricable from your existence. In a holographic universe, any information you randomly access will have meaning for you, here, now. Any book you open and any site you access will contain a budding kernel of wisdom for an inquiring mind to nourish itself upon. Everything you focus on contains an answer to any question you may have. You are telepathic and clairvoyant, and all other reported manifestations of psychic phenomena, including telekinesis and teleportation, are accessible aspects of this freewheeling plenum of interlinked universes. Your mind is an aspect of the mind of the whole – the mind that is the cosmos.
 

     Everything is connected; the universe is alive and aware; everyone is everyone; you are divine; there are no secrets; as above, so below; do unto others as you’d be done by. It’s all very simple.     A further step, beyond the parlour tricks these insights make possible, is to consider what the higher you is doing and what your mind is like, in the realm beyond this time and space you believe you inhabit. You already dwell in hyperspace, and ‘this’ – all that you perceive, think, remember and know - is an extrusion, a single slice, of that realm.     

What is consciousness? What is conscience? Who is reading this? Are you ready?

  Magic happens. You are divine.   -          
-         R. Ayana

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[1]  Alien Embassy by Ian Watson, Copyright 1977, Chapter 7
 
  [2]  Ibid, Chapter 9
  
[3]  The Holographic Universe, Copyright Michael Talbot 1991, Chapter 8
  [4]  David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1980) p. 205 
 
[5]  The Holographic Universe, Copyright Michael Talbot 1991, excerpts from Chapter 2
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