Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Concept of Images

So I shouldn't be writing because I have a mild form of tendonitis in my left wrist. The pain isn't excruciating it is more of a painful throb. It even made me feel a bit nauseous at one point (weird I know). I currently have it wrapped up in ice.

I haven't even been doing a lot of wrist work... but I use my wrists a lot in my every day and weekly activities... piano, harp, laptop... plus my joints/wrists are weak in general.

Anyway, I was contemplating about Images and their purpose in our society, through the views of a mystic I find them to be extremely fascinating.

The entrapment of the Rubidium 85 atom is the result of a three-year research project funded by the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, and has already prompted world-wide interest in the new science which will flow from the breakthrough. The researchers then proved they could reliably and consistently produce individual trapped atoms - a major step towards using the atoms to build next-generation, ultra-fast quantum-logic computers, which harness the potency of atoms to perform complex information-processing tasks. Source: http://www.physorg.com/news205161948.html

In mysticism, the concept of an image is used to described our physical world. The scientists' 21st model of the Universe is a holographic universe. This just means our physical reality is essentially a grainy picture.  Above this paragraph is a photograph of a rubidium 85 atom trapped. This is the first time anyone has seen any kind of atom. If you look at the picture, it just contains particles of light.  According to scientists we are made up of a bunch of atoms similar to this.

I began thinking about the parallels in science and spirituality, and the concept of images really brings that link closer. ‎I was reading a Practical Kabbalistic guide this weekend and ran across this:
The Analogous Identity of the Divine Plane and the Material Universe, the second being created "in the image" of the first and remaining its reflection, inferior and imperfect; And enduring rapport between the two, a rapport flowing from the analogous identity, being able to be expressed at the same time as it is established, by a secondary science, called Symbolism. - Practical Kabbalah - R. Ambelain (19XX). trans. Piers A. Vaughan.
When I am meditating on the 'As above and so below' I am always reminded of this passage in the Book of Genesis from the Bible:
Genesis 126 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
I am also reminded that many things can be reversed, that's just how things are in this world. You can neither be on the 'black' side of the spectrum or the 'white' side of the spectrum.
Putting the "reverse" concept into practice I like taking this passage from the Book of Genesis :
Genesis 13 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
And rewrite it as, "And Light said, "Let there be God," and there was God.

The above rewritten statement is very kabbalistic and is essentially how this world was formed. The atoms are living entities, who think. According to Byran Kamilla of the It’s All In Our Mind – The LIGHT BRINGERS – Eliminating The Illuminators
The screen in front of you is empty … 
Now imagine the empty screen is the totality of everything that is … even though there’s no shape … no colour … and no sound. 
As you look at the screen in front of you … what do you see? You see nothing. As you look at the screen in front of you … what do you know? 
You know a lot. Even though you don’t see anything on the screen, you still know … and have locked up inside you, a vast storehouse of knowing. 
At this point in time, and in this scenario we’re contemplating, what you know may be correct, or it may be incorrect. It makes no difference. 
You still have an incredible amount of information recorded somewhere within you, even though you can’t see anything. Imagine again, that all that knowing you possess, has within it, the power and strength to exist forever. 
There’s no beginning and no end. You have the power and wisdom to be eternal. Imagine that you’re filled with this knowing and completely possessed with this eternal power and strength. This is about as powerful as anyone could hope to be. 
Let’s imagine that this knowing not only exists in you, but it exists in every person on the planet. It’s not something you have to go out and find, it’s just there, in you and in everyone that ever walked on the face of the earth. 
Now imagine that someone, or a group of individuals, with that same eternal power, also wanted to have your power, and my power. Imagine that this group wanted to take possession of all that is ours. 
However, they can’t take it from us by force, because it’s locked inside us, and it is who we are. Still, they desire to at least control it. 
This group wished for our power to work in unison with their power, and the enormity of that combined strength of power and knowing would make them greater than the greatest … the most massive force in existence… they would appear to be GOD…

Diffraction pattern of an icosahedral quasicrystal
Inspired by the growing numbers and varieties of quasiperiodic crystals, the International Union of Crystallography has redefined the term crystal to mean ``any solid having an essentially discrete diffraction diagram'', thereby shifting the essential attribute of crystallinity from position space to Fourier space. Within the family of crystals one distinguishes between periodic crystals, which are periodic on the atomic scale, and aperiodic crystals which are not. This broader definition reflects our current understanding that microscopic periodicity is a sufficient but not a necessary condition for crystallinity. In our research we deal with questions concerning the symmetry of crystals. We classify crystals according to their symmetry using an approach in Fourier space which treats periodic and quasiperiodic crystals on an equal footing. Source: http://www.lassp.cornell.edu/lifshitz/quasicrystals.html

The above photo is a diffraction pattern of a quasicrystal.

When writing this post, I remembered how the first image that was ever created was using the 'as above and so below' concept. This discovery was originally made by Aristotle:

Here is the kabbalistic image of the concept of "as above and so below":

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