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Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Breath of Brahma

According to mythical images, Consciousness (or perhaps that aspect of Absolute Consciousness that we might include in the concept of ‘Cosmic-Human Soul’) expresses an act of will and creative love. It emanates, it is a vibration with the ability to generate a wave of existence: to manifest itself from this Cosmos in which laws and significance are progressively discovered. It will assume a shape and consistency that can be perceived and lived by consciousness, infused in the dimensions and bodies that will take on material Form, life, thoughts, entities and gods in the making.

We are all of this. Each one of us is an emanation of the Absolute Consciousness. Even though, paradoxically, we stop being so until we rediscover our primordial and eternal nature. This arrives through an understanding of renewed existential formulas or else through discovering the meaning of our life, the knowledge and experience of which must lead to the re-evolution of Cosmic Consciousness in time.

In Hindu metaphor this process is expressed as the great breath of Brahma which creates and destroys worlds in an incessant cyclical rhythm. God breathes out and the universe proceeds from the appearance of laya, or neutral centre, or else from the primordial meeting point of forces: the field of aggregation. With the intake of breath the universe is called back to the source and ceases to exist, but on the act of breathing out again manifestation begins anew.
Being (Para-Brahman) reveals itself in this field of forces, presented by Cosmic Consciousness in the form of Human Consciousness. Thus Being and Consciousness reveal and show themselves, they fragment and recompose: DISSOLVE and COAGULATE.
In the ultimate analysis, what is the voice of the Self if not the boom of God’s breath in our inner silence? The memory of the primordial Will?

29. For I am divided for love’s sake, for the chance of union.
30. This is the creation of the world, that the pain of division is as nothing, and the joy of dissolution all.

Aiwass – Liber AL vel Legis, I

In Islamic tradition it is said: “I was a treasure unknown then I desired to be known so I created a Creation to which I made myself known, then they knew Me”. The question of being and the soul has occupied eminent philosophers and thinkers from Parmenide to Eraclitus, from Socrates to Plato and Plotinus, resurfacing after centuries of ‘darkness’ in the Middle Ages with Cusanus, Erasmus of Rotterdam, Pico of Mirandola and Bacon of the Renaissance: a period in which the great Christian philosophers such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas nevertheless managed to make their mark. And finally with the most recent illuminists – Hume, Leibniz, Kant, Fichte and Nietzsche – to arrive at a peak in the magic and Thelemic-Hermetic renaissance of the early years of last century. I personally like to single them out as a forewarning of scientific, cultural, social and political ferment.

Today all of this can be translated into the language of Physics. Think for example of the concept of the holographic universe (Bohm, Aspect, Pribram) which, in the 1980’s, explained how the known material world is nothing more than the illusory multi-form projection of a single source.

To illustrate this point, below I include several excerpts from the famous article Does Objective reality Exist, or is the Universe a Phantasm?  by Michael Talbot – Ref:

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.
 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. . […]. 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. […] And since everything in physical reality is comprised of these ‘eidolons’, the universe is itself a projection, a hologram.
In addition to its phantom like nature, such a universe would possess 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 exist simultaneously. […]
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 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.
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’.
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.
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 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. […]
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.
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 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 under standing 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.
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’. […]
What we perceive as reality is only a canvas waiting for us to draw upon it any picture we want. […]
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.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Metaphysical and Multi-dimensional Scenarios

Then there was not non-existent nor existent:
there was no realm of air, nor sky beyond it.
What covered in, and where? And what gave shelter?
was water there, unfathomed depth of water?

Death was not then, nor was there aught immortal:
no sign was there, the day’s and night’s divider.
That one thing, breathless, breathed by its own nature
apart from it was nothing whatsoever.

Darkness there was: at first concealed in darkness,
this All was indiscriminate chaos.
All that existed then was void and formless;
by the great power of warmth was born that unit.

Thereafter rose desire in the beginning,
Desire after the primal seed and germ of spirit.
Sages who searched with their heart’s thought
discovered the existent’s kinship in the non-existent.

Transversely was their severing line extended:
what was above it then, and what below it?
There were begetters, there were mighty forces,
Free action here and energy of yonder.

Who verily knows and who can here declare it,
whence it was born and whence comes this creation?
The gods are later than this world’s production.
Who knows, then, whence it first came into being?

He the origin of this creation,
whether he formed it all or did not form it,
Whose eye controls this world in highest heaven,
He verily knows it, or perhaps he knows it not.

Rig Veda X.129 – The Song of Creation
                   (circa 3.900 a.C.)
Sanskrit translation: Friedrich Max Müller

The Birth of the World

The world is being born now. It is being born continuously. At this very moment, Consciousness creates its possible expressions: Evolution determines its manifestation. Depending on our level of Consciousness and Evolution we as beings participate in it more or less consciously.

The myths of every epoch and its peoples seem to agree that ‘universes’ are born in a primordial and transcendent nothingness from the dreams of an Absolute Consciousness as anomalous waves in the sea of All.

The Supreme Being can thus know itself and understand itself through the universes, just as our image is reflected in a mirror. Each universe is the expression of a new and different equilibrium: each one becomes, in its own way, a relative manifestation that is temporal and dynamic of the All.

Together the universes comprise an infinite ‘multi-versal’ kaleidoscope. They are reflected in that which the Absolute Being acquires infinite Consciousness of Itself, even though it is immobile, generative, eternally omni-comprehensive and totally complete as such.

The Being nourishes itself. The primordial universes give ‘substance’ to the dreams of God, where every reality can exist. These same universes – each and every part – are generated by primordial energies which, in their turn, become archetypes and cosmic phenomena, laws, geometries and vital processes: the instruments through which Consciousness – in its turn distributed on diverse levels – evolves in every atom, in every cell, in every body and in every thought.

In extreme synthesis, interpreting esoteric tradition, these levels of consciousness are represented as primordial ‘forces’ laws and intelligent entities. They are the Eons, according to Gnostic Christian terminology, the Neteru of Egyptian myth or perhaps we might even call them, the ‘Great Old Ones’, to re-evoke the vertiginous visions of H.P. Lovecraft. They are the existential and conscious Archetypes (or pre-Archetypes) of our mind itself: the Primeval Divinities.

In order to exist, the possible expressions of reality have to expand the territory of their own awareness, with the aim of recognizing themselves and finally reconstructing themselves but above all, of re-evolving in the infinite in which they originate, through endless combinations of the possible.
It is as if – paradoxically – the Absolute is insatiable in renewing Consciousness of itself. And every time such Consciousness is dissolved into Nothingness to then create itself again, it renews itself: such dynamics are at once eternal and yet simultaneous, infinite and pulsating, between manifest and immanifest, noumenon and phenomenon, omniscience and exploration, eternity and becoming, order and chaos.
Our Universe, in its entirety, is none other than one of these systems of reality: an opportunity for renewed awareness. It is the crystal in which Consciousness splinters into fragments, little by little delineating possible geometries, to then reflect itself infinitely, to evolve and in the final analysis, play hide and seek with itself.

About this Blog

This blog explores:

·          Spiritual Physics
·          Esoteric Kabbalah
·          Inner Alchemy
·          Soul, death and reincarnation
·          Ethics and approaches for renewed Awareness

The themes we are going to explore here are somewhat complex but I have tried to present them as clearly and succinctly as possible so that they are accessible to everyone and not just to experts in the field. My aim has been to make sense of the ideas rather than simply present the superficial facts and to offer readers my personal reflections in a context that is broad and well-versed on a cultural front. 

This blog is related with my recent book Soul and Reality. Fruit of twenty years experience, it is the ‘state of the art’ of my personal research; it describes paths and models in the light of the great changes to come and of the necessary awakening of consciousness that will characterize the imminent future of humanity.

My spiritual path began at an early age in a Catholic setting and then moved on towards Gnostic Christianity and Theosophy. It passed through the experience of Damanhurian community life, encountering various realities in the vast panorama of Italian and international New Age movements and later matured through personal research, (though not solitary or without  moments of sharing and precious comparison). It was stimulated by a study of the neo-Gnostic and Thelemic ideas of Shamanism during a year spent in Africa and by the Sufism of the Middle East, which I explored during the five years I spent there for professional reasons. Since my return to Italy in 2009 my intention has been to focus on achieving a healthy and well-founded spiritual growth but also to promote discussion and cooperation between free thinkers who are interested in being the avant-garde of real renewal, not only in terms of knowledge but above all, of living: individuals who sense that the key to a conscious and authentic re-awakening lies in the values of personal liberty and responsible self-determination.