In part one of this series, I discussed the nature of reality using the modern language of science. I examined the concept that physicality is an illusion, and that even at the micro level, we are not in this dimension for more than a fraction of a millisecond. I explored the theory that reality may in fact be more inverted than we imagine, like a moon gate in the mist. Connected to everything—akin to Nikola Tesla’s famous plasma ball, but toroidal—but mostly not actually here, within the void that is full of photons
If we are indeed, as has been suggested, a toroidal ring doughnut of plasma, then I can perhaps better understand the meaning behind the image of the circumpunct; the monad; Bindu; the seed and egg; time; gold; Sol. Hydrogen, the most abundant element in our known universe, burns with oxygen to make water . . . think about that for a moment. It is also present in carbon, the bedrock of all matter. And yet, it too is almost 100 per cent nothing. And it is to these primordial images, to these magical symbols, that I turn in part two.
There is no shortage of excellent information about symbols, totems, sigils, and all sorts of magical and occult languages. I have learned much thanks to the wise forerunners of this knowledge. I wish to thank so many wisdom sharers: from the team who run a Jung-based psychological program that uses symbols and colors to communicate with the other-than-conscious part of the mind, through to any number of pioneers in brain science, the mind-matter field, quantum mechanics, and theoretical physics.
In this most bizarre world of the quantum, with its super-positioning and entanglement of the tiniest particles of light, the waving (according to Scottish physicist J. C. Maxwell, 1831–79) pockets of electromagnetic radiation (according to Einstein), and so on, we may peer at quarks, we may dare to look into the magic of a mind-matter interaction (although perhaps we should include a “k” at the end of magic, so that we’re not confused by the psychology masters of stage magic). But mostly, I seek to understand how imagery can have a part to play in this realm of emotion and matter.
At this subatomic level, the photon, the light particle, moves in a wave pattern that resembles a frequency, and also resembles the undulating serpent motif found all over the ancient world. Frequency manifests as perceivable phenomena, as exemplified by cymatics—geometry through vibration—a truly wonderful thing to witness. While this may be no surprise to many Buddhists, the boffins in white coats have simply been using the language of today to describe these phenomena to the rational modern mind. But, like so many outstanding scientists, there’s the eventual, unavoidable realization of the profound. As Albert Einstein observed: “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Can you hear the omnipresent, liminal Om?
Experiments with sound vibrations and resonance in the modern era began during the early 1960s, but there’s also speculation that certain ancient rooms and chambers were created specifically for their precise resonant frequency and the potential healing effects this offered. We’ve all witnessed the diaphragmatic “wibble” of a bass speaker moving to the beat of the music, right? And when the music is really loud, we can feel the vibrations within our bodies as the sound waves penetrate our physical being. A powerful bass frequency will tremble our hearts. Sound is visceral at that mundane level, as well as at the deeper level where it is the instigator of matter taking form. And emotion will follow the sound.
But what of imagery? To the ancient Egyptians, imagery was magic, as were words. In fact, if it was marked down, it held power (even their tax tablets, but that was a rather less magical power). As time marched on and society changed, this idea increasingly gave way to imagery for imagery’s sake, yet we still recognize the power of an image. Advertisers certainly do. Images, even in their most rudimentary construction, speak to our mind, acting almost like onomatopoeia for the eyes. We instinctively know the implications of a spiral, a circle, an upward-facing triangle, a flat line, and so on. At this point, one can’t call this magic, or even magik, but we do understand the symbol’s “instruction.”
With at least six areas of our brain given over to facial recognition, images of faces also hold a deep fascination, as is evident in our cultural obsession with the faces in glossy magazines as well as the face in the mirror, and the emotional damage of aspiring to attain ideals of physical beauty. Yet ideals of physical perfection seem to date back to pre-antiquity, with idealized portraits and carvings left behind by those in the position to commission them. For some, an ideal face was even sought for the life beyond death. But beauty aside, what do we do when we wish to create an ideal portrait of something we desire in life? For those who practice manifesting, the advocacy of “manifestation boards” is a common talking point. Yet how can an image of a dream home become a reality to that person? Well, here I’ll offer you an idea to consider.
As I have previously mentioned, quarks are one of the smallest particles of reality (although scientists have hypothesized that even quarks are composed of something smaller, preons being the name given to these hypothesized building blocks). Quarks have the curious ability to blip in and out of reality (to/from where, nobody knows) fast enough to maintain the illusion of our physical world. Observed information from the outside world permeates our mind and, with focused attention, will feed through our body. When the body has a visceral reaction to this ongoing stream of information, you know that the information is in the body, which in turn is moving through the toric doughnut. And given that the body is made of photons blinking in and out of this frequency and potentially interacting with cosmic waves of information from who knows what dimension, this new information becomes a part of the cosmic ocean.
Physicist and researcher Nassim Haramein speaks of being a whirlpool of individuation within a large body of water—there is no separation, simply the appearance of a changed state in a localized area. So this waterless ocean of potential has the blueprint from things that your mind has focused on, which can take physical form in a similar way to sand during a cymatic session. Focused meditation on an image, even a simple visual onomatopoeia that best represents a desired outcome, may be the easiest way to keep the attention centered on the blueprint you wish to give the quantum realm in order to manifest at this frequency.
The question then becomes, is this a rightful desire? As they say: be careful what you wish for as it may come true.
Of course, some say that what we actually need to do is to focus on calibrating ourselves to the correct frequency in order to tune into the correct path, rather than trying to force something else into being. Others say that, like leaves in the wind, we should allow Life to direct us without attachments. Still others say that this is all an illusion anyway, so nothing matters in the slightest, aside from being a good person until we can move out of this frequency altogether. But my interest is in how we can become responsible Buddhists and magicians during our time here, and what wonderful magik we can do to make this world a better and more compassionate experience for us all.
Tilly Campbell-Allen (Dakini as Art)
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