The Spaces Between

Properly defined, Consciousness depicts awareness, realization, and perception, all of which counter the internal principle of ‘nothingness’. As an outward motion of Thought it adheres to internal mechanisms that identify it with anything that stimulates another something more than previously circumscribed by spirit or mind. Thomas Nagel (1937- ), the University Professor of Philosophy and Law, at New York University, described it as a “point of view – as in – I”, by what he called the existence of “something that is like, to be something.” This concept is diplomatic enough to remain insightful, as difficult as it must be to define something that requires itself to attempt to define itself. Most of us perceive the conscious state as being ‘awake’, or at least observant of an environment beyond internal mechanisms, as opposed to being asleep or in states of coma. Still, does this allow the portal of dreaming to be receptive to all conscious states of being?

Merriam-Webster defines ‘consciousness’ as (1) the quality or state of being aware especially of something within oneself; the state or fact of being conscious of an external object, state, or fact; awareness ; especially – concern for some social or political cause, (2) the state of being characterized by sensation, emotion, volition, and thought – mind, (3) the totality of conscious states of an individual, (4) the normal state of conscious life {regained consciousness}, (5) the upper level of mental life of which the person is aware as contrasted with unconscious processes. Again, there is the quandary of defining itself through the use of itself, causing one to ponder the ability of ‘consciousness’ to ever define itself.

According to Vedanta, drawn from Hindu scriptures, the development of self-awareness is considered to be primarily a phenomenon of consciousness and not a product of physical processes. The Vedantic frame of reference separates consciousness into four domains. The first is the waking consciousness (jagaritasthana), conveying the starting point of consciousness and the identification with “I” or “me” in relationship with phenomenal experiences with external objects. The second domain is that of dream consciousness (svapna-sthana), considered an extension of the waking state. The third domain of consciousness is deep sleep (susupti), resulting in ananda (joyousness/consciousness) by holding in abeyance all the objects of desire and activities. The final domain is transcendental consciousness (turiya), referred to as a trans-cognitive state (anubhava) or a state of self-realization or freedom from body-mind identification (moksha). [Pillay; 2008] By this view, consciousness is a multi-faceted matrix of thought and action, merging structure and organism – aware of self and environment – and echoes throughout every quantum space of existence. It is an introverted state of spirit that functions as an extroverted mind.

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) was a German polymath whose notable ideas included monodology, exposited in Monadologie. Monads attempt to delineate the metaphysical realm in the same way atoms characterize physical phenomena. Monads are then considered the ultimate foundations of universal thought structures. The monads are “substantial forms of being” with the following properties: they are eternal, indecomposable, individual, subject to their own laws, un-interacting, and each reflecting the entire universe in a pre-established harmony.

Monads are centers of force; substance is force, while space, matter, and motion are merely reflective phenomena of intent. The ontological essence of a monad is its irreducible simplicity, since, unlike atoms, they possess no material or spatial character. They differ from atoms in their complete mutual independence of themselves. Instead, by virtue of the principle of pre-established harmony, each monad follows a preprogrammed set of “instructions” peculiar to itself – so that a monad knows what to do at each moment. By virtue of these intrinsic instructions, each monad is akin to a mirror of the universe. Monads need not be ‘small’, as human beings constitute monadic relationships to the whole, in which case free-will is problematic. God is a monad, and the existence of God  can be inferred from the harmony prevailing among all other monads, where God wills the pre-established harmony.

Monadic systems are said to dispose of the problematic interaction between mind and matter arising in the system of Descartes, or the lack of individuation inherent to the system of Spinoza, which represents individual creatures as merely accidental. The monadic system is considered arbitrary, even eccentric – in Leibniz’s day – and seemingly ever since, even though the systematic attributes of monads fit well with current physics via M-Theory. The relationship formed in this is relative to itself, where it relates to itself as simply being what it is meant to be. The originating drive of being is what one has to consider since the origin of consciousness had to begin in something even if it’s drawn into itself from beyond nothing, thus illusive to itself. As such, all consciousness may be aware of it-self without ever being aware of its origin, and therefore believes it-self to be of a single origin.

What lies between time and space, and what is the self – such that any of this claims to be anything at all? When we place the two mirrors of ‘consciousness’ face to face, there is a point of reference defined in the images set within the reflection they will share in opposition of each other, even though their image is of the same origin; the point of space set between them. The mirrors are therefore reflecting through a point that is outside of their being, intrinsic to a vast nothing beyond their illusive something.

The depth of the infinite displayed in the reflection is therefore being drawn from the space between them, and not any form or essence from the mirrors themselves. The single point of reference is vast in its own right, built on ‘spaces’ rather than an individual singularity of ‘space’. The depth of consciousness is then buried in the infinite counter reflections within the mirrors itself, flowing deeper and deeper inward into the subterranean conscious, for both Creator and Creation.

If we consider a Creator as standing ‘without’ or just beyond the mirrors – between the mirrors – then no movement is required of this creator to express “Itself” as the origin of infinite reflection. From this focal advantage the Creator is ‘unseen’, ‘seen’ and ‘in-seen’. It remains ‘unseen’ as it stands from without the reflective mirrors themselves, conspicuously ‘seen’ in the reflection it offers to the mirrors, and illusively ‘in-seen’ in the depths of that reflection – discontinuous and constant in every aspect, from every corner and dimension of its own nature. Thus, the nature of supernal or absolute consciousness lies in the mystery of its own image. It is an aggregate reflection of the originating force it stems from. The enigma of totality that is held in superlative consciousness is consistently relative to the reflection it offers. It is a shadow that is complete and indefinable by any portion of its own reflection.

Everywhere and nowhere – the concept boggles the imagination. Human imagination is merely a fixed and reduced state of absolute consciousness. States of consciousness is what defines the intricacies of dimension, such that every layer of space/time, and whatever lies beyond, is defined by its own necessities in regard to the environment that it fabricates at random. For every layer of conscious dimension there is a boundary for its being, protecting and limiting the conscious state of itself and all other surrounding states of being. The “I” becomes “we” that becomes “us and them”, and the divisions stimulate separation from unity that is itself the very purpose of creation. To reach out from ‘self’ into the vast open unknown, until it becomes the known, is the intrinsic purpose of all states of growth.

What then, defines the Totality of Consciousness; the ‘monad’ of consciousness? To induce ‘form’ there must be necessity to do so, rendering distinct states of expansion and constraint. For the purpose of this study, modern physics presents the essence of creation as capricious and cyclical, shifting through repetitive stages, a nature that is relative to all force and manifestation; a perpetually mindful cosmos.

When we consider the historical minds of physics as being the world of Albert Einstein, James Maxwell, Niels Bohr, and Stephen Hawking, as some of the more recent fathers of physics, we make note of both Relative and Quantum natures. General Relativity sought to define the larger and more substantial levels of objects in our world, while Quantum Mechanics delved into the subatomic and infinitesimal levels. We have never been able to blend the two ideals, and thus, we have systems that state both of these worlds are disassociated, even though we know they are not. [Pagels: 1982] We search further to meld them together and we strive for something that makes more sense, even though it presents new problems in the process, in what is referred to as Superstring Theory. String theory would state that there are infinitesimal cords or energetic strings that share relationships with everything from the ‘individual state’ to the ‘collective state’ of objects, that include a conscious level of knowing it is being observed. [Talbert: 1992] We find that this ideal shares principles with that of the Brahmic held within far-eastern teaching, the Kabbalic in mid-eastern tradition, and in so much of the indigenous people’s perceptions throughout the world. [Campbell: 2002]

When we come to modern day physics we eventually touch base with M-Theory that would once again verify certain insights of the real world and goes even further to speak of the ethereal as well. What began with infinitesimal ‘strings’ is now manifesting in massive sheets or ‘membranes’ of creative waves that collide and waver in the enigmatic spaces deep within the finite, as much as they extend into the vast and the immeasurable. We speak of an enclave of energized sheets, that may hang from yet indefinable divine curtain rods or a divine axis, reacting in ebbs and tides bound in waves of primordial energy. They then collide and penetrate each other producing vast fields of manifested structures – called Matter – into configurations that unfold in uncountable extensive worlds of cosmic arrays.

These ‘cosmic echoes’ are what I call Sublime Reflections, the enigmatic waves and tides of energy-fields that are the resulting extension of the God-Self taking form, and there are more than we could ever possibly realize, constantly stirring the ‘waters’ of the universe. Try throwing a solid object into a quiet pool of water and you’ll get the idea, as there will be numerous waves that fill the pool – the echoes of one single interruption cast into silence. It runs across, into the deep, and reflects into a shadowy sky. Rising and falling, twisting and turning, every point of space is consciously breathing; the microfibers of a cosmic blanket. In comparison, these ‘membrane’ sheets are akin to the ‘mirrors’ spoken of previously – opposite in position, yet parallel in construction, creating interconnected layers of space/time. The ‘clashing’ of forces that may occur in the equilibrium and disparity of divine cosmic hemispheres, where the mind of man parallels the mind of his creator, is merely reflecting the foundational essence of God-Force exemplified in God-Self; the same essence rooted in the Adam Kadmon in Kabbalistic perspective.

As such, the extension of consciousness requires two basic codes; male and female. The male code is set in strands of cosmic ‘logical’ forces; the relationship is of the Supernal Force, or Divine Associate. The female code is set in strands of cosmic ‘emotive’ forces; the relationship is of the Shekhinah, or Divine Bride. In Kabbalistic literature this symbolism, where these two forces converge, is set in the ‘primeval man’ as the Kadmon; a realm of lucidity and luminous light. [Genesis 1:3] The converging state of force instills the Kadmon, as the Divine Son, stemming from an association of divine logic and emotion that births divine emergence – as The Beginning.

The strands of energetic manifestation that would extend between two such membranes epitomize the ‘crossover’ of thought integrated in action by reaching out into the unknown. I often ponder the idea that the definitive force behind this ‘arcing’ is a type of divine, sub-atomic consciousness – that we may eventually consider as the meticulous stream hidden within ‘black-holes’ and star formation, let alone other quantum states of being. As such, ‘black-holes’ are the stations through which the cosmic fields of existence are being created and destroyed; the recycling nature of the universe that tends to its own ‘garden’ of reality from within and without itself – it sow’s what it reaps, and reaps what it sow’s. This is the very image displayed in the ‘serpent that eats itself’ in so much mythology.

Why then, do we assume God to be immense in scale, when he/she is a force that is more than likely inconceivably minute, yet ‘reflected’ in every infinitesimal corner of space? Thus, the ‘reflection’ is the whole of a divine essence. Divine force is only considered massive in the sense that it is organically supreme, vastly present, and absolutely knowing – thus, overly perceived.

Where the membranes collide or supra-extend between themselves lay the cosmic fields of astral systems, buried in the hollow arena between them. With this in mind, it is possible that God is akin to a open consciousness that is engaged in its own dream, manifesting fields of genetic energy that are both spiritual and physical in design, flooding the universal arena. Each particle of this divine consciousness is quantum-present, repeated in infinitely diverse reflections, capable of ‘seeding’ anything in prescribed and spontaneous conditions anywhere within/without the field of visible and invisible space.

The uniqueness of ‘divine-consciousness’ is applicable to what physics refers to as non-locality. Light, defined as photon ‘quanta’, presents the duality of light as particle/wave, based in the electron relationship that carries a clue to a coherent Supernal Consciousness. The presence of light, even in what appears as darkness, carries a signature of the creative God-Force that is currently being examined in dark-matter and dark-energy. The concept of ‘non-locality’ introduces the idea of divine-wholeness. “Electrons are not scattered, because through the action of the quantum potential the whole system is performing in a coordinated dance rather than the disorganized movement of a crowd.” (Niels Bohr)

At the level that the quantum potential operates individual location ceases to exist. All points of space/time operate at the cosmic level of a ‘potential’ single point, such that all particles share a constant level of communication regardless of distance. Divine Light can therefore be considered as the God-Force presence that defines Omnipresence – in all places at once – while God-Self exemplifies the Divine Consciousness, as the Light that is introduced in creation expressed in Genesis 1:3. In physics one is unable to determine both location and speed for sub-atomic structures, leaving a shadow of doubt as to the point of existence and rotational determination of Light that exudes in patterns that are far from linear or consistent in direction or intensity. [Hawking: 1988]

If the idea of such ‘dislocated’ consciousness seems odd, then consider the act of dreaming. Within the dream – as if walking through a museum, examining various works of art – is the consciousness of mind within the viewer of the art in the dream or is it more so present in the person dreaming the dream? A quick analysis will reveal that that it is actually in every level of the dream, in the other people attending the exhibit, in the artworks, even in the spatial dimension of the dream itself. In a dream, location is an illusion since everything is unfolding out of the deeper, hidden, more fundamental reality of the dreamer. [Talbert: 1992] In the case of ‘mirrored consciousness’ and the vast layering of dimensions, we will place God-Force in the guise of the dreamer between the mirrors and universal existence, propagated through God-Self (Divine Consciousness), as the intra-dimensional dream reflected in the mirrors.

Reality is simply viewed as the ‘reflection’ of light from any object, or alternate light as matter viewed by the human eye, and is interpreted by height, width and depth. Movement introduces direction, speed/rotation, and distance. The actual presence of any object in space is defined within a single point, or any ‘singularity’, whereas Omnipotence is defined as all places in all points. This is a ‘restrictive’ aspect we can give to the hand of God-Self within, without, and through Creation, as no realm or density of it is literally ‘outside’ of it. The ‘reflective’ nature of reality is akin to the Absolute Creator standing before the astral/cosmic mirror – casting waves of energy into the ‘surface’ of physicality that is the manifestation of the God-Self.

To elaborate, consider how the Genesis 1:1 imagery of creation depicts a separation of the heavens and the earth. The variance in these terms indicates the difference between the upper and lower realms defined in the Kabbalah as Keter [The Crown] and Malkut [The Kingdom]. This is akin to the higher supernal spiritual realms and the lower physical realms of matter and time. Time is meaningless in all higher realms, and only represents the unfolding energy of space that presents distance and detachment. This is then akin to the variance between God-Force, that is above and beyond Keter, and the essences of substance that forms through division of spirit as it falls away into physicality.

The ‘earthen’ physical state is without form and void, and darkness is upon the ‘face’ of the deep, significant to its removal or division from absolute spirit. Only the Spirit of God is moving over the ‘face’ of the waters, cast as a ’void’ that has yet to take on significance. This is the division of God-Force birthing God-Self, where the originating force has become indifferent and without design. The Adam Kadmon, or Primeval Man of the Christos or Logos, then engages creation through six days of synchronized progression towards a state of equilibrium.

Light is first; a light that is significantly different than that of the superlative nature of God-Force, since it will be the hidden form we refer to as radiation or dark-energy – the energetic potential state of creation hidden within the cosmic field. This burst of energy then forms the duality of the ‘firmament’ in the midst of the waters, separating water from water, or spirit of force from spirit of self, the reflective side of force brought into being. And the waters [mirrors] are formed and bound to each other.

Day three, as the third cosmic age, then unfolds with a ‘gathering’ of atomic-mass that will unfold into vast fields of cosmic manifestations, preparing for the grand entry of explosive energetic release, when the mirrors are brought to life through reflection. This is the materialization of universal cosmic structures that begin to maneuver and penetrate the fabric of space.

On the fourth day the entire cosmic field ruptures and ‘luminaries’ are initiated; celestial pools of stars, as physical viewable light. This is not through some singularity of mass collapsing, but rather across the universal cosmic playing-field that was distributed when the ‘waters’ were spread outward. [Job 37:18] There are two of these ‘great lights’, one is perceptible [day] and the other a reflection of the apparent [night]. The term earth then moves from something unseen into something seen.

Then, day five unfolds as the energetic ‘waters’ bring forth swarms of living creatures; an evolutionary process of time as matter settles from chaos into order. Day six then unfolds with animals, and eventually man. In this sense, Man is a species more than an individual, and souls will eventually find the race to be adaptable – a subject of great debate, beyond the scope of this study. This semi-last stage, as we may consider it, has yet to finalize in the seventh day, that we continue to experience as it moves towards a stage of final repetition; a New Heaven that will initiate a New Earth – designed through Divine Man. For we must note, that of all the days mentioned therein only the seventh is left without the statement –“there was an evening [closing] and morning [opening].” The seventh day thus continues to unfold. How does this all reflect the conscious essence?

The ‘image’ in the mirror represents a coordinated reduction of the original presence or dimensional force and is given as much intensity as the manifesting Source sanctions to its ‘reflection’. The surface image is capable of ‘action’ that the God-Force is semi-unconscious of since Free Will is set in God-Self. The intent of Creation is then established by the Source [God-Force], embodied within the paramount [God-Self], and arranged by the Mediator [Christos], that form the triadic consciousness of the absolute image; a divine foundation. Free-Will is the secret of creation, for it allows free reign of creation by design and chance.

The Absolute state of being all-knowing is somewhat limited by Free-Will, that is the necessary element of a free-form creation. Free-Will is the portion of consciousness that instills probability. Many of us cater to the idea that ‘coincidence’ does not exist, where the very definition of Free-Will itself denies this outright. The ‘all-knowing’ is capable of allowing ‘choice’ to dictate the course of cosmic design even though it is based in something absolute, resolved and unlimited. The Human essence is allowed to choose, leaving the shelter of divine predisposition – until the choice is made – and then predictability enters the equation. By Free-Will, we are allowed to ‘blind’ the divine state of knowing, and become co-creators through choice, that is willfully aimed and focused upon divine return.

As such, the levels of consciousness that extend into creation – concurrently manifesting in waves of precondition and development – are reduced and concentrated from spirit into matter as the mirrored reflection is systematically reduced in the finite distances of reflection; the illusive separation-factor between the absolute divine and physicality. This can be imaged as sacred geometric forms bound within each other all fashioned within an interlaced coordinated field, dimensionally bound to each other.

When matter extends it can be altered and restructured, yet never destroyed, as the originating consciousness of it is eternal and beyond human mandate. The originating ‘signature’ is absolute, fixed and tempered to the course of creation that is itself set in waves that evolve in space/time. When viewed from the central point between mirrors, the image is moving outward as it is reduced inward, yet never moving further than the surface of the mirror itself; this is the semblance of space/time. To understand this, stand between two facing mirrors and watch yourself disperse into the infinite even though you yourself are a finite form. The illusion is real, and the realness is close at hand; a Creator standing fixed and parallel to its own reflective creation.

For what this may mean to the reader will remain relative, since no two minds will ever perceive or analyze a single object in the same way. As it is, all objects are viewed from the ‘past’ reference bound in the speed of light. At some 186,000 miles per second, the rate of observation remains in the past tense. Observation has everything to do with levels of consciousness since the observed essences of the outside world are reflected in the mind of the viewer at a tertiary level of consciousness in the physical brain; in other words, objects take time to be consciously acknowledged, and thus, collisions and coincidence are inevitable.

The ‘reflection’ given to any level of consciousness is moving slower than the intent of any originating thought or consciousness considered to exist prior to the ‘action’ that echoes the thought. Conscious ‘coding’, as with many spiritual or physical based relationships, is a force that cannot be defined well, since the human experience is limited and bound by its own manifestation determined by divine reflection; a reflection of reflection of reflection, into the infinite.

Does the terminology used herein seem obscure and eccentric? It should, for consciousness is not as simple as one may believe. Is the external dimensional reality anything like the internal dimensional reflection of that reality? If we consider that humanity is based in a ‘likeness’ (reflection) of its creator, then the answer has to be ‘yes’. Still, the level of consciousness between the two is not the same, where this only implies that the possibility to consider and review existence is compatible to that of one’s creator as the spirit of creation. So, what is humanity ‘reflecting’ in its own levels of consciousness?

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