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04-24-2005, 10:30 AM
***I moved this thread from Science News since it seems to be taking a more metaphysical direction....thought it would fit better here for further discussion ***
Highly intelligent, intense energy mollecules huh?
Interesting theory both on ETI communciation through multi dimension and possible further implications to our communciation to our Higher Selves and consciousness in general.
From: The Universal Seduction
Exterrestrial UFO communications systems use information transfer between dimensions through tiny mega intensity energy modules
Apr. 6, 2005
Reverse engineering an advanced communication system based on that of the Extraterrestrial UFOs is the toughest task for any team of scientists and engineers. The communication system used by these hyperdimensional entities is so different that even the complex computer algorithms fail to model it.
An early conceptual understanding of these has started in many countries though they lie all under the clouds of classified information. The concept probably stretches the unknown sphere of theoretical physics and there is no way to experimentally validate the knowledgebase.
As extraterrestrial entities and crafts traverse multiple dimensions they do not have to communicate in the medium of the same dimension where they are right now. They can and do keep communicating from the other dimension to the current dimension. Please do not confuse this time dimension. These dimension are beyond the fourth dimension and can be endless dimensions. The effect can be the same when you enter a room with layered mirrors and you can millions of you.
Communicating between multiple dimensions is possible only though a transport medium. There are early indications that these transport media are high intensity energy modules that form the basis of the Universe.
According to some advanced contemporary Physicists, Quantum Electrodynamics defines this media as Zero Point Energy of space -- vacuum energy -- in which is created, then relieved stresses in Maxwell’s voticular ether (a process equivalent to tapping the energy of the vacuum -- a vacuum which, according to quantum physics, possesses a staggering amount of such energy per cubic inch of space.
There are indications that in reality this high intensity energy modules are much more complex. They can really be programmed and the program can be self-contained. The modules are intelligent and contain detailed map of how they will react.
It is possible (please note – possible) this concept can actually explain our human existence and what happens after death. A discussion of this will make the concept clear.
We as a human being may be centered on the energy module – our soul that is continuously communicating with ourselves in another dimension. In other words when we die we may be going back to our main entity. The soul or the energy module can be sent to multiple dimensions and many of us can coexists in many different dimension connected by the high intensity energy media to “our main existence”. We may only exist in multiple dimensions.
The extraterrestrial entities communicate using these high-energy modules that are self contained and intelligent between different dimensions. While this may explain many paranormal phenomena like life after death, soul, human consciousness, designing a communication system based on this theory is still far from human capabilities. We are probably looking at the furthest stretch human knowledge and theoretical Physics!
04-24-2005, 10:45 AM
I highly recommend the book "The Holographic Universe" which I think nails exactly what these guys will declare as true in 50 years... It is a brilliant way to see all this, and the only one that makes sense of it all. The mind as a holograph, how perfect and simple... it almost HAS to be true.
04-24-2005, 07:07 PM
I highly recommend the book "The Holographic Universe" which I think nails exactly what these guys will declare as true in 50 years... It is a brilliant way to see all this, and the only one that makes sense of it all. The mind as a holograph, how perfect and simple... it almost HAS to be true.
I agree Project, and it is then easier to envision the inner workings of mass consciousness. It would seem to answer in my mind how it is that so many people exhibit "outside the conscious mind" awareness that is recorded by the rng or eggs prior to an event happening.
It seems any event of size is communicated as the "geometric shape" moves from one dimension toward actual physical manifestation. The larger the physical manifestation the larger or greater indication that can be recorded with the eggs I would think. That in turn can be broken down and analyzed in many ways...such as which geometric form has moved/formed to the type of event that occurs.
Just as the firing of synaptic nerves in the brain can be recorded to be interpreted as that of a car or tree for example..the image firing in the same pattern in the same place in all humans and can be detected with the proper equipment...so can analysis of mass consciousness through measurement of the holographic aspect as translated through the white noise of the eggs to geometric form. This is like reading an ancient language for the first time. You have to learn to decipher.
So if from the other dimension we have a terrorist act involving something large from the other side, we need to get closer to that other dimension..or from whence the data came. Early detection is the great preventitive in this case.
More than fascinating this is. I also think that it would be VERY interesting to discover a means of connecting Dr. Meeks work with this knowledge as it grows. Perhaps starting with the duplication of his mechanism for communicating with the dead, and adding the means for greater detection of what is there through a plethora of devices not limited to a form of egg such as the Global Consciousness Experiment is utilizing.
This whole line or form of thought I am sharing also reminds me of my signature line.
04-25-2005, 12:44 PM
Talbot's book is indeed a must read IMHO.
Here's an excerpt from what he has to say on the topic of Spirituality and Science:
Holographic Universe: The Holographic Universe
This very, very exciting article actually gives a scientific theory behind many spiritual viewpoints and spiritual experiences, including enlightenment and the perception of oneness encountered by many people that have had strong spiritual experiences.
It all started 1982 at the University of Paris. A research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. After this, it didn’t take long before the idea of a holographic universe was created. But the implications of this are truly mind boggling…
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Spirituality and Science: The Holographic Universe
By Michael Talbot
In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris, a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though there are some who believe his discovery may change the face of science.
Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart. Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates einstein's long-held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Since travelling faster than the speed of light is tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting prospect has caused some physicists to try to come up with elaborate ways to explain away Aspect's findings. But it has inspired others to offer even more radical explanations.
University of London physicist david Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist, that despite its apparent solidity the universe is at heart a phantasm, a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram. To understand why Bohm makes this startling assertion, one must first understand a little about holograms. A hologram is a three-dimensional photograph made with the aid of a laser.
To make a hologram, the object to be photographed is first bathed in the light of a laser beam. Then a second laser beam is bounced off the reflected light of the first and the resulting interference pattern(the area where the two laser beams commingle) is captured on film. When the film is developed, it looks like a meaningless swirl of light and dark lines. But as soon as the developed film is illuminated by another laser beam, a three-dimensional image of the original object appears.
The three-dimensionality of such images is not the only remarkable characteristic of holograms. If a hologram of a rose is cut in half and then illuminated by a laser, each half will still be found to contain the entire image of the rose. Indeed, even if the halves are divided again, each snippet of film will always be found to contain a smaller but intact version of the original image. Unlike normal photographs, every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole.
The "whole in every part" nature of a hologram provides us with an entirely new way of understanding organization and order. For most of its history, Western science has laboured under the bias that the best way to understand a physical phenomenon, whether a frog or an atom, is to dissect it and study its respective parts. A hologram teaches us that some things in the universe may not lend themselves to this approach. If we try to take apart some thing constructed holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made, we will only get smaller wholes.
This insight suggested to Bohm another way of understanding Aspect's discovery. Bohm believes the reason subatomic particles are able to remain in contact with one another regardless of the distance separating them is not because they are sending some sort of mysterious signal back and forth, but because their separateness is an illusion. He argues that at some deeper level of reality such particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the same fundamental something.
The Aquarium Model
To enable people to better visualize what he means, Bohm offers the following illustration. Imagine an aquarium containing a fish. Imagine also that you are unable to see the aquarium directly and your knowledge about it and what it contains comes from two television cameras, one directed at the aquarium's front and the other directed at its side. As you stare at the two television monitors, you might assume that the fish on each of the screens are separate entities. After all, because the cameras are set at different angles, each of the images will be slightly different. But as you continue to watch the two fishes, you will eventually become aware that there is a certain relationship between them. When one turns, the other also makes a slightly different but corresponding turn; when one faces the front, the other always faces toward the side. If you remain unaware of the full scope of the situation, you might even conclude that the fish must be instantaneously communicating with one another, but this is clearly not the case.
This, says Bohm, is precisely what is going on between the subatomic particles in Aspect's experiment. According to Bohm, the apparent faster-than-light connection between subatomic particles is really telling us that there is a deeper level of reality we are not privy to, a more complex dimension beyond our own that is analogous to the aquarium. And, he adds, we view objects such as subatomic particles as separate from one another because we are seeing only a portion of their reality. Such particles are not separate "parts", but facets of a deeper and more underlying unity that is ultimately as holographic and indivisible as the previously mentioned rose. And since everything in physical reality is comprised of these "eidolons", the universe is itself a projection, a hologram.
Cosmos as a Super Hologram
In addition to its phantom like nature, such a universe would possess other rather startling features. If the apparent separateness of subatomic particles is illusory, it means that at a deeper level of reality all things in the universe are infinitely interconnected. The electrons in a carbon atom in the human brain are connected to the subatomic particles that comprise every salmon that swims, every heart that beats, and every star that shimmers in the sky. Everything interpenetrates everything, and although human nature may seek to categorize and pigeonhole and subdivide, the various phenomena of the universe, all apportionments are of necessity artificial and all of nature is ultimately a seamless web.
In a holographic universe, even time and space could no longer be viewed as fundamentals. Because concepts such as location break down in a universe in which nothing is truly separate from anything else, time and three-dimensional space, like the images of the fish on the TV monitors, would also have to be viewed as projections of this deeper order. At its deeper level reality is a sort of super hologram in which the past, present, and future all exist simultaneously. This suggests that given the proper tools it might even be possible to someday reach into the super holographic level of reality and pluck out scenes from the long-forgotten past.
What else the super hologram contains is an open-ended question. Allowing, for the sake of argument, that the super hologram is the matrix that has given birth to everything in our universe, at the very least it contains every subatomic particle that has been or will be -- every configuration of matter and energy that is possible, from snowflakes to quasars, from blue whales to gamma rays. It must be seen as a sort of cosmic storehouse of "All that Is."
Although Bohm concedes that we have no way of knowing what else might lie hidden in the super hologram, he does venture to say that we have no reason to assume it does not contain more. Or as he puts it, perhaps the super holographic level of reality is a "mere stage" beyond which lies "an infinity of further development". Bohm is not the only researcher who has found evidence that the universe is a hologram. Working independently in the field of brain research, Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram has also become persuaded of the holographic nature of reality.
The Brain as a Hologram
Pribram was drawn to the holographic model by the puzzle of how and where memories are stored in the brain. For decades numerous studies have shown that rather than being confined to a specific location, memories are dispersed throughout the brain. In a series of landmark experiments in the 1920s, brain scientist Karl Lashley found that no matter what portion of a rat's brain he removed he was unable to eradicate its memory of how to perform complex tasks it had learned prior to surgery. The only problem was that no one was able to come up with a mechanism that might explain this curious "whole in every part" nature of memory storage.
Then in the 1960s Pribram encountered the concept of holography and realized he had found the explanation brain scientists had been looking for. Pribram believes memories are encoded not in neurons, or small groupings of neurons, but in patterns of nerve impulses that crisscross the entire brain in the same way that patterns of laser light interference crisscross the entire area of a piece of film containing a holographic image. In other words, Pribram believes the brain is itself a hologram.
Pribram's theory also explains how the human brain can store so many memories in so little space. It has been estimated that the human brain has the capacity to memorize something on the order of 10 billion bits of information during the average human lifetime (or roughly the same amount of information contained in five sets of the encyclopaedia Britannica). Similarly, it has been discovered that in addition to their other capabilities, holograms possess an astounding capacity for information storage -- simply by changing the angle at which the two lasers strike a piece of photographic film, it is possible to record many different images on the same surface. It has been demonstrated that one cubic centimeter of film can hold as many as 10 billion bits of information.
Our uncanny ability to quickly retrieve whatever information we need from the enormous store of our memories becomes more understandable if the brain functions according to holographic principles. If a friend asks you to tell him what comes to mind when he says the word "zebra", you do not have to clumsily sort back through some gigantic and cerebral alphabetic file to arrive at an answer. Instead, associations like "striped", "horselike", and "animal native to africa" all pop into your head instantly. Indeed, one of the most amazing things about the human thinking process is that every piece of information seems instantly cross- correlated with every other piece of information -- another feature intrinsic to the hologram. Because every portion of a hologram is infinitely interconnected with every other portion, it is perhaps nature's supreme example of across-correlated system.
The storage of memory is not the only neuro physiological puzzle that becomes more tractable in light of Pribram's holographic model of the brain. Another is how the brain is able to translate the avalanche of frequencies it receives via the senses(light frequencies, sound frequencies, and so on) into the concrete world of our perceptions. Encoding and decoding frequencies is precisely what a hologram does best. Just as a hologram functions as a sort of lens, a translating device able to convert an apparently meaningless blur of frequencies into a coherent image, Pribram believes the brain also comprises a lens and uses holographic principles to mathematically convert the frequencies it receives through the senses into the inner world of our perceptions.
An impressive body of evidence suggests that the brain uses holographic principles to perform its operations. Pribram's theory, in fact, has gained increasing support among neurophysiologists. Argentinian-Italian researcher Hugo Zucarelli recently extended the holographic model into the world of acoustic phenomena. Puzzled by the fact that humans can locate the source of sounds without moving their heads, even if they only possess hearing in one ear, Zucarelli discovered that holographic principles can explain this ability. Zucarelli has also developed the technology of holophonic sound, a recording technique able to reproduce acoustic situations with an almost uncanny realism.
Pribram's belief that our brains mathematically construct "hard" reality by relying on input from a frequency domain has also received a good deal of experimental support. It has been found that each of our senses is sensitive to a much broader range of frequencies than was previously suspected. Researchers have discovered, for instance, that our visual systems are sensitive to sound frequencies, that our sense of smell is in part dependent on what are now called "osmic frequencies", and that even the cells in our bodies are sensitive to a broad range of frequencies. Such findings suggest that it is only in the holographic domain of consciousness that such frequencies are sorted out and divided up into conventional perceptions.
04-25-2005, 12:49 PM
Spirituality and Science: The Holographic Universe
By Michael Talbot
The Synthesis of Bohm and Pribram's views
But the most mind-boggling aspect of Pribram's holographic model of the brain is what happens when it is put together with Bohm's theory. For if the concreteness of the world is but a secondary reality and what is "there" is actually a holographic blur of frequencies, and if the brain is also a hologram and only selects some of the frequencies out of this blur and mathematically transforms them into sensory perceptions, what becomes of objective reality? put quite simply, it ceases to exist. As the religions of the East have long upheld, the material world is maya, an illusion, and although we may think we are physical beings moving through a physical world, this too is an illusion. We are really "receivers" floating through a kaleidoscopic sea of frequency, and what we extract from this sea and transmogrify into physical reality is but one channel from many extracted out of the super hologram.
This striking new picture of reality, the synthesis of Bohm and Pribram's views, has come to be called the holographic paradigm, and although many scientists have greeted it with scepticism, it has galvanized others. A small but growing group of researchers believe it may be the most accurate model of reality science has arrived at thus far. More than that, some believe it may solve some mysteries that have never before been explainable by science and even establish the paranormal as a part of nature.
Numerous researchers, including Bohm and Pribram, have noted that many para-psychological phenomena become much more understandable in terms of the holographic paradigm. In a universe in which individual brains are actually indivisible portions of the greater hologram and everything is infinitely interconnected, telepathy may merely be the accessing of the holographic level. It is obviously much easier to understand how information can travel from the mind of individual 'A' to that of individual 'B' at a far distance point and helps to understand a number of unsolved puzzles in psychology. In particular, Grof feels the holographic paradigm offers a model for understanding many of the baffling phenomena experienced by individuals during altered states of consciousness.
Regressions into the Animal Kingdom
In the 1950s, while conducting research into the beliefs of LSD as a psychotherapeutic tool, Grof had one female patient who suddenly became convinced she had assumed the identity of a female of a species of prehistoric reptile. During the course of her hallucination, she not only gave a richly detailed description of what it felt like to be encapsulated in such a form, but noted that the portion of the male of the species’ anatomy was a patch of colored scales on the side of its head. What was startling to Grof was that although the woman had no prior knowledge about such things, a conversation with a zoologist later confirmed that in certain species of reptiles colored areas on the head do indeed play an important role as triggers of sexual arousal.
The woman's experience was not unique. During the course of his research, Grof encountered examples of patients regressing and identifying with virtually every species on the evolutionary tree (research findings which helped influence the man-into-ape scene in the movie Altered States). Moreover, he found that such experiences frequently contained obscure zoological details which turned out to be accurate.
Regressions into the animal kingdom were not the only puzzling psychological phenomena Grof encountered. He also had patients who appeared to tap into some sort of collective or racial unconscious. Individuals with little or no education suddenly gave detailed descriptions of zoroastrian funerary practices and scenes from hindu mythology. In other categories of experience, individuals gave persuasive accounts of out-of-body journeys, of precognitive glimpses of the future, of regressions into apparent past-life incarnations.
In later research, Grof found the same range of phenomena manifested in therapy sessions which did not involve the use of drugs. Because the common element in such experiences appeared to be the transcending of an individual's consciousness beyond the usual boundaries of ego and/or limitations of space and time, Grof called such manifestations "transpersonal experiences", and in the late '60s he helped found a branch of psychology called "transpersonal psychology" devoted entirely to their study.
Although Grof's newly founded Association of transpersonal psychology garnered a rapidly growing group of like-minded professionals and has become a respected branch of psychology, for years neither Grof or any of his colleagues were able to offer a mechanism for explaining the bizarre psychological phenomena they were witnessing. But that has changed with the advent of the holographic paradigm.
As Grof recently noted, if the mind is actually part of a continuum, a labyrinth that is connected not only to every other mind that exists or has existed, but to every atom, organism, and region in the vastness of space and time itself, the fact that it is able to occasionally make forays into the labyrinth and have transpersonal experiences no longer seems so strange.
Consciousness Creates Reality
The holographic paradigm also has implications for so-called hard sciences like biology. Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont college, has pointed out that if the concreteness of reality is but a holographic illusion, it would no longer be true to say the brain produces consciousness. Rather, it is consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain as well as the body and everything else around us we interpret as physical.
Such a turnabout in the way we view biological structures has caused researchers to point out that medicine and our understanding of the healing process could also be transformed by the holographic paradigm. If the apparent physical structure of the body is but a holographic projection of consciousness, it becomes clear that each of us is much more responsible for our health than current medical wisdom allows. What we now view as miraculous remissions of disease may actually be due to changes in consciousness which in turn effect changes in the hologram of the body.
The Power of Visualization
Similarly, controversial new healing techniques such as visualization may work so well because in the holographic domain of thought images are ultimately as real as "reality". Even visions and experiences involving "non-ordinary" reality become explainable under the holographic paradigm. In his book "Gifts of unknown Things," biologist Lyall Watson describes his encounter with an Indonesian shaman woman who, by performing a ritual dance, was able to make an entire grove of trees instantly vanish into thin air. Watson relates that as he and another astonished onlooker continued to watch the woman, she caused the trees to reappear, then "click" off again and on again several times in succession.
Although current scientific understanding is incapable of explaining such events, experiences like this become more tenable if "hard" reality is only a holographic projection. Perhaps we agree on what is "there" or "not there" because what we call consensus reality is formulated and ratified at the level of the human unconscious at which all minds are infinitely interconnected. If this is true, it is the most profound implication of the holographic paradigm of all, for it means that experiences such as Watson's are not commonplace only because we have not programmed our minds with the beliefs that would make them so. In a holographic universe there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality.
What we perceive as reality is only a canvas waiting for us to draw upon it any picture we want. Anything is possible, from bending spoons with the power of the mind to the phantasmagorical events experienced by Castaneda during his encounters with the Yaqui brujo don Juan, for magic is our birthright, no more or less miraculous than our ability to compute the reality we want when we are in our dreams. Indeed, even our most fundamental notions about reality become suspect, for in a holographic universe, as Pribram has pointed out, even random events would have to be seen as based on holographic principles and therefore determined. Synchronicities or meaningful coincidences suddenly makes sense, and everything in reality would have to be seen as a metaphor, for even the most haphazard events would express some underlying symmetry.
A New Reality
Whether Bohm and Pribram's holographic paradigm becomes accepted in science or dies an ignoble death remains to be seen, but it is safe to say that it has already had an influence on the thinking of many scientists. And even if it is found that the holographic model does not provide the best explanation for the instantaneous communications that seem to be passing back and forth between subatomic particles, at the very least, as noted by basil Hiley, a physicist at Birbeck college in London, Aspect's findings "indicate that we must be prepared to consider radically new views of reality".
Much to think about relative to what we consider to be "reality" and what we base our beliefs and paradigms upon me thinks. ;)
04-25-2005, 03:58 PM
Needleman has made some excellent points IMHO regarding the audacity human kind may have, in terms of attempting to understand the universe and consciousness relative to science, as only one facet, without attempting to understand ourselves, within our obvious limitation for understanding, comprehension encompassed by our third dimensional paradigm.
Perhaps Needleman is right, or atleast offers some food for thought.
Just maybe the Universe in fact is a living, breathing and communicative "teaching tool" , where implication is or may be, that this development is the purpose of both the cosmos and Great Teachings, relative to consciousness (http://www.experiencefestival.com/what_is_consciousness)and the levels thereof and/or the universe as a Teaching, what is consciousness, levels of consciousness, conscious universe, consciousness, States of consciousness, qualities of consciousness. :bigeyes: :thinkerg:
Consciousness: The Universe, Part I – The Universe As a Teaching
By Jacob Needleman
Several years ago when I first started to write about the eastern religions (http://www.experiencefestival.com/eastern_religions), which are now taking root in america, I could not understand why it was that every word I put down on paper seemed false, why every beginning ended in a lie. To write about our young people and their search, their experiences and struggles, that was more or less within my grasp. But when I turned to the towering spiritual systems of the sufis (http://www.experiencefestival.com/sufis) or the Tibetans, for example, I very easily lost my way. Standing before these ancient teachings (http://www.experiencefestival.com/ancient), which far surpass my understanding, I would often fall back on praising or comparing them
Gradually, I began to see that great teachings enter the world according to an order and sequence that we are bound to find incomprehensible. But men are impatient to have a handle of what they do not understand. And so we fasten on one or another aspect of a system--an idea here, a method there--which satisfies our impatience. The result is that all we have before us is, so to say, a "cross-section" of the entire system. But obviously no number of static cross-sections can add up to the flowing structure of a living teaching.
Now I wish to write about the universe; and I wonder if the difficulties will be greater or less. Is the order of the universe any less organic than the order in the teaching of the buddha or jesus?
It may sound strange to compare the universe to a teaching, but we should realize that this is an absolutely fundamental question for us if we are to move toward a deeper understanding of our place in the cosmic order. It is not merely one authors personal brand of metaphor; quite the contrary. The order by which a teaching is introduced to mankind may be the most essential thing about it, more so even than the conceptual content of the teaching itself. For the apparent content varies, depending on interpretations, circumstances and on individuals; but the sequence of experiences which a great teaching brings to humanity at large is fixed and invariable. A teaching is true to the extent that this sequence is a particular incarnation (http://www.experiencefestival.com/incarnation) of fundamental cosmic laws. (http://www.experiencefestival.com/ancient)
Let us, therefore, entertain the possibility that we understand very little about what a teaching or a universe really is.
Every great spiritual teaching speaks of itself in its own way as a mirror of cosmic reality (http://www.experiencefestival.com/cosmic). In the traditions of china the tao is both the way to truth and the way things are.
In Christianity the Word is both the teaching of Jesus Christ and the fundamental manifestation of god. In the Hindu tradition (including buddhism) Dharma means both duty and the sustaining order of the universe. And in the Hebrew tradition Torah includes not only law in the sense of the teaching, but also law in the sense of the foundations of god's creation. A well-known passage in the book of proverbs expresses this idea without ambiguity. wisdom is speaking:
The lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water...
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth... when he gave the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment; when he appointed the foundations of the earth: then I was by him...
Now therefore harken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
Wisdom thus speaks not only as the teaching (the instruction) but as the divine pattern of the cosmos.
How to think about this equation of the universe and a great teaching?
It is tempting, for example, to see a teacher such as mohammed or Bodhidharma, who brought Buddhism to china in the sixth century A. D., as the bearer of an extraordinary energy which is distributed to the world in the form of ideas, actions, events, schools, factions and the organized efforts of the community of followers.
To compare this sort of pattern to a universe would require that we think of reality not in terms of things but as a ladder of processes, a great movement and exchange of energies.
A teaching would then be a copy of this cosmic process on the scale of human time on earth. To receive such a teaching in ourselves, one's own life would have to become yet another copy of this process.
Thus, taking Christianity for a model, one must ask: What was the teaching of Jesus? Was it only what he said? Or does it not also include what he did and suffered? But does the teaching stop even there?
A critic may claim that Jesus failed because christian life has become what it has become. But is not the distortion, the crucifixion of the teaching, also, in a larger sense, part of the teaching itself? And if a man is to become a christian, perhaps it is absolutely necessary that he witness the same process of distortion within himself. How else will he understand that it is in one's own thought and emotion that the "crucifixion," the distortion of the truth, really takes place?
Yet another line of speculation--again purely by way of opening this issue: spiritual teaching is often spoken of as indirect.
What is meant by this, I think, is that such a teaching does not act by persuasion, which is a form of compulsion and seduction, but rather by providing certain kinds of experiences. For a man who is searching for truth, these experiences are such that they cannot be assimilated only by a part of himself, the isolated intellect, for example. They require that a person receive them with the whole of himself.
Writing in the nineteenth century in a massive onslaught against the theologians and philosophers who wanted to make the christian teachings accessible solely to the intellect, Sören kierkegaard put the point as follows:
The communication of results is an unnatural form of intercourse between man and man, in so far as every man is a spiritual being, for whom the truth consists in nothing else than the self-activity of personal appropriation, which the communication of a result tends to prevent.
And then, comparing god to a teacher, he writes:
For no anonymous author can more cunningly conceal himself, no practitioner of the maieutic art [the art of the midwife] can more carefully withdraw himself from direct relationship than god. He is in the creation, and present everywhere in it, but directly He is not there; and only when the individual turns to his inner self, and hence only in the inwardness of self activity, does he have his attention aroused, and is enabled to see god.
The prophets and spiritual innovators who have written of the universe as bearing the "signature of god" must surely have included something like the above in their thinking.
Certainly, reality is as "silent" as any zen master.
And perhaps the only way for us to understand reality is through a more complete assimilation of the experiences which it presents us, both joyful and painful. Yet the universe is so vast, our planet so small and our lives on it so inconsequential that a teaching is necessary in order for men to be exposed to the full range of events which take place in a cosmos.
The Conscious Universe: The Conscious Universe, part II - Shifting opinions (http://www.experiencefestival.com/a/The_Conscious_Universe/id/9795)
04-25-2005, 04:23 PM
ya, what you said ;)
Really, I like this theory, it feels complex enough to be possibly encompassing all of eternity, it has a timeless aspect, as of waves gently bouncing back and forth across an endless vista, it has multidimesionality, for the hologram pervades everything, it has mass conciousness as we are all part of the hologrammatic universe, and thus have access to its echoes.
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