TOUCHING THE HOLOGRAM
To understand this paper you will need to a basic working knowledge of quantum physics and an understanding of how a hologram is made ž only joking! The science in this paper is simple and I will be explaining the relevant bits anyway. First may I apologise to anyone who read or heard my paper ³The Holographic Universe² delivered a few years ago to this study group. For the sake of those new to the subject I¹m going to need to repeat part of it.
Before we start I need you to think about a question. Quite how it is phrased depends on whether one believes in God in a personal sense but, in the light of modern physics, some version of the same question goes to everyone. Since we are all Christians in the SRIA and Christians do believe in God, I¹ll ask you: ³What was there before creation?²
Before creation there was nothing but God (or the creative energy of the universe if you don¹t believe in God.) There was nothing else from which anything could be created. There was just ž God. God must therefore have created everything from himself (or herself or itself.) Creation must, as ancient wisdom and the western mystery tradition has always insisted, be a manifestation of God rather some-thing made from no-thing. Creation IS God.
Let¹s switch our attention to some preliminaries to the hologram I mentioned earlier. First think about memory. In the early part of the 20th century it was assumed that memory had a specific location in the brain, rather as a book has a specific location on a library shelf. A Californian Professor called Lashley tried to establish the location of memory in the brain by means of a rather revolting experiment. He taught rats to run through a maze for their food, and then cut out different parts of their brains. No matter what part of their brains or even how much he removed, they remembered all that they had learned. A graduate student and later assistant, Carl Pribram, established with Lashley that there is, quite definitely, no specific location in the brain for memory.
Pribram went on to become a professor and important innovative thinker. He noted that no patient ever came out of surgery, in which part of the brain was removed, with a selective memory loss. No head injury victim who suffered brain damage ever forgot half of his family or half of a novel he had read. Pribram was at a complete loss to understand this until, in 1956, he read an article about the first holographic picture. In a flash he understoodTo understand what he understood, we need to go into brief detail about a hologram.
Before I show you the diagram I want you to visualise something with me. Close your eyes and imagine that you are standing beside a pool of absolutely still water. You are holding one pebble in your left hand and two pebbles in your right hand - the other way round if you want, it doesn¹t matter. Toss one of the two pebbles into the water and visualise the splash. See in particular the waves rippling out in concentric circles from the point where the pebble entered the water. Imagine the water completely still again. Now toss the two remaining pebbles into the water simultaneously, so that they land a little way apart. Note that there are two sets of concentric waves spreading out to eventually cross, forming as they do an intricate pattern of crests and troughs of wavelets. The scientific term for the crossing of waves is interference¹. When I use the term interference¹ in a moment I shall be using it with this precise and specific meaning. Now look at the diagram.
A laser beam is directed via a series of mirrorstowards a photographic plate. However, between the laser and the plate is a beam splitter. Most of you will have noticed the mirror effect of a partially silvered window, in a toilet attendant¹s window, for example, enabling a watch to be kept through the window, against vandalism or loitering. At the same time, it still functions as a mirror. A beam splitter in the production of a hologram works on much the same principle. Part of the beam continues in a straight line to the first mirror and is reflected onto the photographic plate. The other part of the beam is mirrored away, bounced off the subject of the hologram and is reflected onto the plate. The resulting pattern of interference is photographed. By shining a laser onto the negative at exactly the same angle as the original laser, a 3D image of the subject is produced and, as the viewer walks around it, the angles of what is seen changes with the viewer. The illusory appearance of something real is produced.
There are several properties of a hologram not immediately obvious and which were unknown to me until I researched the Holographic Universe paper for the Study Group a few years ago. I suspect that many of you may not be aware of them either.
1. The negative of a hologram is just a collection of interference patterns, not a picture.
2. If you cut off part - say, a eighth - of the negative of an ordinary photograph of a beach ball and use that eighth, you will get a picture of a eighth of a beach ball: if you take a eighth of the negative of a hologram of a beach ball, you will see the whole beach ball still, though not as sharply.
3. If you change the angle of the laser slightly, you can fit another hologram onto the same negative - and another - - and another. You could theoretically fit thousands of images into a very small space.
It is easy to see why Carl Pribram was so excited. The brain (or mind) can store endless bits¹ of information in a lifetime. If the memory works holographically, Pribram reasoned, that would provide enough storage space¹. Then, if the memory is not localised - if every part contains the whole image, as it seemed from the experiment with the rats - that provides a mechanism for a non-localised memory, his biggest puzzle of all.
As a result of reading this article, and as holograms and waves are the domain of physics, Pribram started reading into physics. He was directed by his son to the work of quantum physicist David Bohm. Bohm was suggesting that the whole universe might be holographic. Now, to say that the universe is (or might be) a holographic projection from a higher level, as David Bohm and Carl Pribram do, is much the same thing as saying that it is a manifestation of something from a higher level, as the Western Mystery Tradition does. However, I am concerned on this occasion/in this paper with a consideration of one of the implications of this and what it might mean for psychic abilities.
I want you to think about the implications. If YOU are part of creation, then YOU are part of the hologram and therefore YOU contain every part of the entire hologram, however dimly. If YOUR MEMORY is holographic (and it seems to be) and it is part of the universe (which it is), then YOUR MEMORY has access to the whole of creation, past, present and future. William Blake¹s suggestion that you can: ³Hold infinity in the palm of your handž² is not a romantic poetic exaggeration, because YOU are, I am, WE ALL are - a part of God.
Suddenly alchemy does not seem so absurd. Ancient Wisdom and the Western Mystery Tradition aver, and some modern developments support the idea, that we can all change our own parts of the hologram using a combination of emotion, visualisation and will, but that is High Magic and not what I want to discuss today. Acceleration physics can even, so I read, produce gold from lead, but it costs far more to do it than the gold is worth. For now I merely suggest to you that dowsing with rods or pendulum, reading Tarot cards or the I-Ching or the runes, remote viewing or the use of a scrying bowl like Nostradarmus apparently did, or a mirror or a crystal ball are all ways of touching the hologram.
If you look at how angle rods work, I hold them out loosely in front of me as I walk over the object and when I¹m over the right spot they swing across. It is plain that they swing because the users hands in this case my hands - change angle ever so slightly over the object. In other words, the knowledge comes from within. How about dowsing with a traditional forked stick? I watched my wife and a professional dowser in Antequera in southern Spain. My wife, who is a down to earth sceptic held one fork in her right hand while the dowser held the other fork in his left hand. The stick moved. Why? The dowsing rod appears to act by itself, but my contention is that it only moves because the tension applied by the dowser changes at an entirely unconscious level again the awareness comes from within. I suggest that the knowledge is already a part of the dowser ž we all contain the whole hologram, remember ž and the dowsing rod, the pendulum or the angle rods are just ways of touching the hologram. The same is true of scrying, crystal gazing and the recent developments in psionics.
I have here a so-called black box. I built it myself on early and quite simple patterns, superseded by a number of developments in the field. It has no outside power source except a crystal, like a crystal radio and the fact that it works at all points, I think, to it being another way of reaching the hologram within. You place something you want to know about on the witness plate, twiddle the dials while stroking the thumb pad and stop when your thumb sticks¹. This is very uncanny when it happens: you don¹t deliberately do anything, your thumb just locks up and won¹t move but the sudden physical response comes from within oneself. You already know the answer.
With Tarot cards there may be second source of knowledge. Tarot cards have no exoteric history before the fourteenth century. The earliest samples surviving in museums date from around 1390. However, there is an occult tradition that they were designed about 1200 in Fez, in Morocco and that place should be of interest to Rosicrucians, since that was where Christian Rosenkreutz did much of his studying. The tradition suggests that after the destruction of the library at Alexandria, Fez became the centre of learning. Adepts of various countries, who had difficulties with languages and terminology, agreed on a collection of archetypal images - pictures forming a book without words - and related them to the Hebrew Alphabet and the Hebrew ideas behind the Kabbalah, by that time already a very ancient oral tradition. While it seems obvious to me that divinatory systems in general work insofar as they are ways of touching the hologram, the Tarot is different, in that it was deliberately designed to draw upon archetypes already within the psyche, and with numbers.
Finally, to drive home the main point of the paper that, if the universe is a holographic projection of the creator, which includes us as part of creation, then we hold the whole of creation within ourselves I want to quote at some length from The Holographic Universe¹ by Michael Talbot:
³In addition to explaining why quantum physicists find so many examples of interconnectedness when they plumb the depths of matter, Bohm¹s holographic universe explains many other puzzles. One is the effect consciousness seems to have on the subatomic world. ž Bohm rejects the idea that particles don¹t exist until they are observed, but he is not in principle against trying to bring consciousness and physics together. He simply feels that most physicists go about it in the wrong way, by once again trying to fragment reality and saying that one separate thing, consciousness, interacts with another separate thing, a subatomic particle. ž Similarly, he believes that dividing the universe up into living and non-living things also has no meaning ž Even a rock is some way alive, says Bohm for life and intelligence are present not only in all of matter, but in ³energy², ³space², ³time², ³the fabric of the entire universe² ž ž The idea that consciousness and life are ensembles enfolded throughout the universe has an equally dazzling flip side. Just as every portion of a hologram contains the image of the whole, every portion of the universe enfolds the whole. This mean that if we knew how to access it we could find the Andromeda galaxy in the thumbnail of our left hand. We could also find Cleopatra meeting Caesar for the first time, for in principle the whole past and implications for the whole future are also enfolded in each small region of space and time. Every cell in our body enfolds the entire cosmos. So does every leaf, every raindrop and every dust mote, which gives new meaning to William Blake¹s famous poem:
|To see a World in a Grain of Sand|
|And Heaven in a Wild Flower,|
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
|And Eternity in an hour.²|
I suggest to you that psi skills in general are no more and no less than ways of touching the hologram.
Unlike most of my papers there are few direct quotes. The long one is from pages 49-50 of The Holographic Universe¹ by Michael Talbot, published in 1996 by Harper Collins. It also owes much to Wholeness and the Implicate Order¹ by David Bohm, published by Routledge & Kegan Paul in 1980.More about pscionics can be learnt by reading the books of Charles Cosimano or searching the subject on the internet.