10: Further Transcendence - New Perspectives
Reality, following the holographic model, is non-local and non-temporal. Both such restrictions, locality and temporality, are something created by ourselves. They are images, deceptions being created within and by our brain, and we fool ourselves by this. But such thought isn't as new as it might have been indicated, might be suspected. On the contrary, as also said above, and I want to stress it again, it is a very old idea which can be found in various places. Reality is nothing fixed, it can be changed.
All things are possible to him who believes.
Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you receive it, and you will.
Buddhist and Hinduist thought goes even further - what we see and perceive is maya, deception, illusion. The essence behind it, brahman, is invisible to us, enfolded. - What we see around us, are masks and webs of deception - but who is creating them? Where is their origin? The holographic model basically offers us two alternatives: First, we dwell and move within something like a great holodeck, whose substance is nil, but for us it seems real. Or second, as the brain functions in a holographical way too, it is us creating the hologram out of something which is indeed very much different.
Both options are, however, intertwined - the truth lies in between: Otherwise the deception would be less perfect. The brain is the interpreter, it functions as a mere translatory machine, translating the language of the hologram for us. That's done by our perception and by our perception being processed in our brain. But the question slowly arises: What is brain, what is mind, what are we ourselves? Is there a soul, an immortal soul? - Christan, Jewish, Islamic and Hinduist belief would agree to that while Buddhism denies the existence of atman, of an immortal soul. According to Buddhist thought, we are being defined by our deeds and their resulting consequences (karman), and nothing but karman initiates rebirth. The next level of being will neither be us, nor will it not be us. According to Hinduism, rebirth means reincarnation of atman, of the soul. The tree Abrahamic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, however, might not explicitly share the idea of rebirth, but they share the idea of a soul - and an afterlife.
The holographic model doesn't just mean transcendence in place and time, it also indicates a spiritual kind of transcendence. What in a religious context, like in Hinduism, would be called pantheism, now is a scientific term - by firstly eliminating artificial separations within our daily reality, and secondly, by deconstructing those separations with the world beyond this obvious reality, by transcending into a wider, greater state of being. In essence, it isn't just that everything flows, but everything is also connected. And everything really means everything. The separations and divisions and definitions we see and explain ourselves by, those are merely artificial constructions based upon some obvious differences. Obvious these differences are because they belong to the unfolded reality; but the unfolded state isn't everything.
Jupiter's Red Spot as an example of how chaotic systems can develop stable states
A good example for the unfolded/enfolded or explicit/implicit levels of reality can be found within chaotic systems: What at the surface and most of the time seems to be chaotic, can seemingly suddenly transform itself into a seemingly stable state. Hidden structures then appear, giving us a glimpse at an implicit order of things. One example for such innate order can be Jupiter: Its very extensive atmosphere, like that of Earth also, is a chaotic system with various currents with various velocities, the gases circling the planet in various directions. Like on Earth too, cyclons can appear, which are relatively stable systems (like a hurricane). One of such cyclons is the so-called Red Spot, which has been observed for centuries: Quite an amazing amount of time. And when you observe Jupiter more closly, you'll find many more such spots. On Earth, cyclons might not be stable for such a long time, but they appear with quite a regularity - they are not stable locally, but temporally. - Vice versa, stable systems can seemingly suddenly fall into a chaotic state. At a certain point, this can be predicted - but what can be predicted is only that a change is immanent. What now is the more fundamental state? Chaos or order? I think it would most properly be both. Chaos and order coexisting, constantly enfolding and unfolding the fabric of reality.
May 2nd, 1999