A while back, I attended a seminar on the subject of astral projection (which I will talk about in the few posts to follow) and it was there that I started talking to a few people about the idea of a holographic universe. Just the day after that, I talked with another person about the string theory. Everything was just following its own course and my imagination couldn't help put be intrigued. So I started doing a bit of research the fruits of which I will put forward in this post. I urge you to have a look at this blog which helped me a lot when it came to understanding things (thanks to the many videos), but it also gave me a few new ideas.
I would like to emphasize that the field I will be talking about is often considered a type of pseudoscience (that which can be science and is presented as such, but lacks scientific proof which we may not (yet) be able to scientifically prove or that which lacks scientific status in any other way). You will hear many scientists say that all this is just silly, but to me, everything that I read and watched seemed quite logical and interesting. From a philosophical point of view, it couldn't be clearer to me than it already is. But you have to be the judge of whether or not it is all logical to YOU and how much "water it holds" in your world.
First of all, I should explain the meaning of the word "occult". In the 16th century, this word referred to anything secret (lat. occultus, hidden, secret). Soon, a new meaning appears: that which the mind has not yet perceived or that which is difficult to understand/not understandable. The reason why I wanted to mention this is because I will be mentioning a few occult beliefs in Wicca such as the belief in magic, reincarnation, the possibility of achieving astral projection and so on. All of these concepts can fall under the aforementioned etymological category.
When any connection between science and the occult is mentioned, the first concept which springs up is that of the Matrix. You have probably watched the trilogy but just in case you have not, just follow the link and read the summary. The second movie which I would like to mention is Inception from 2010. What these two movies have in common is that both plots are set in alternative realities. And now it's time to elaborate on that. :)
|Sunlight - more colors, the rays aren't coherent|
|LED light - one color, the rays aren't coherent|
|Laser - one color, rays are coherent|
Since I'm already on the topic of universal consciousness, I have to mention two people: Bernard Haisch (an astrophysicist) and Martin Ball (an anthropologist). They say that the consciousness of humankind does exist and that it is a common consciousness which each one of us experiences in a subjective way. We are aware of the space around us which separates us from other people and, because of this, we feel like separate beings with separate minds but that space is just an illusion of our reality.
But let us get back to the measurement theory and the observer paradox. Anton Zeilinger (a physicist) goes even further and says that molecules also succumb to the observer paradox just like photons do. Consequently, we (or rather our minds) create our reality and all matter surrounding us with the simple act of observing. We again come to the same question as before: what is reality?
|An example of an Irish|
At the end of the day, we know the world that surrounds us only through our five senses. We see thanks to the photons (sets of light) that travel from an object to our eyes and neurons which then send electrical impulses (which symbolize that object) to our brain which then projects an image of that object. In short, all our senses function using electrical impulses which are sent to our brains. According to this, we only see an electronic copy of our reality.
All of this leads to the questioning of the existence of an alternative reality which the occult advocates. These can be alternative realities as in dreams, astral projections all the way to worlds beyond this world (spiritual and other realms). Andreas Mavromatis (a psychologist) introduced the concept of hypnagogia (the time when dreamlike images appear to you just before you're about to fall asleep). He believes that this is a short time span during which we can perceive realities outside of our own because time and space are completely irrelevant then (just as they are in dreams). Remember how you don't perceive time in the same way in dreams as you do when you are awake or how you can teleport from place to place in your dreams. The one thing that can create problems here is the fact that our subconscious tries to entertain our brains while we sleep, that is it creates our dreams. It isn't until we wake up that we realize that it was all a dream i.e. a perception. According to this, we could just wait for ourselves to wake up out of this dream that we are now "living". Mavromatis includes astral projection and lucid dreams among the aforementioned alternative realities. I mention this because it will be the topic of my next few posts :) so I won't go on about that here. I have to leave something for the following posts. :)
I understand that some of you will say that all of this is just silly, but I'm here to convey other people's ideas which I happened to find interesting and which I hope will be proven true one day. I believe that the coexistence of science and religion is possible but I guess time will tell.
So it doesn't look like I'm "stealing the words from other people's mouths", you can see a recommended literature list just below. I recommend the following resources if you find this topic interesting. Some are books or articles, but some are also popular scientific videos which I came across and took a liking to during my research :)
So until next time, yours,
Talbot, Michael - Holographic universe
Bohm, David - Thought as a System (or anything else by Bohm if you find it)
Peake, Anthony - Cheating the Ferryman
Zeilinger, Anton - Dance of the Photons
Mavromatis, Andreas - Hypnagogia
Haisch, Bernard - The God Theory
Subversive thinking - blog
Lifting the Veil of Maya - blog
Is there life after death? part 1 of 9 (Anthony Peake)