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Introduction

Hermes Risen magazine welcomes you, the reader, to our magazine. Hermes Risen will bring you new writing from many talented writers who can write on a variety of topics with an esoteric theme.

Winged Hermes is the messenger between the gods and humanity, he is the herald of good news and that is what we wish this magazine to bring to you the reader. With his winged shoes Hermes was fast, with his caduceus staff he brought healing & with his good humour he brought joy. being thrice great he was full of knowledge and wisdom and we hope that this magazine will bring that to you too.

‘Everyone’s Book of the Dead’ book review by Janet Hoult.

Everyone’s Book of the Dead” a panoramic compendium of death and dying, the after-death states, karma and reincarnation throughout world history by Tim Wyatt

… and it is just that. This book is a comprehensive investigation of that last, great, fearful taboo subject – DEATH. Tim says that the main aim of this new book is “to de-mystify and remove the fear of death which so many people experience.  Its main message is that death as popularly understood is a myth and that life exists beyond the physical plane.”

The book is well illustrated and packed full of intriguing paintings, drawings and photographs. Tim investigates a wide of traditions and belief systems dating from earliest records and gathered from all around the world. 

He writes “As this book is being completed a death plague stalks this planet like one of the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse… the first global viral pandemic for a century is having a purgative and transformative effect.” Corona virus “is not only transforming our attitudes to death, it is also fundamentally re-shaping human consciousness and behaviour. This virus has done more to compel the entire world to confront death and its consequences than any other single factor in modern times.”

Tim admits that “No work on the weighty and mysterious subject of death can ever be definitive. Our collective knowledge of this thorny – and to many, distasteful and difficult topic is both vast and hugely misunderstood … given that materialism and science are effectively the prevailing religion in some parts of the West, the over-riding view is that death is the end and belief in any kind of after-life is nothing more than primitive superstition. Or a futile exercise in wishful thinking.” 

However, the book is not negative or doom-laden, but a fascinating look at how death has been viewed throughout the past several thousand years, raising questions about belief in survival after death, the nature of the soul, spirit or what it is which survives, reincarnation and the concept of karma – all subjects which have been largely forgotten or ignored in our modern materialistic age.

Important in this survey are the series of ancient beliefs known as the Ageless Wisdom teachings, the Perennial Philosophy, or Theosophy as it is known as today. Tim writes “This timeless esoteric knowledge underpins and pre-dates all religious, philosophical and scientific thinking and goes further back in time than most conventional historians would accept.”

The following are just a few of the subjects which Tim investigates, and include: the concept that we each have many lives – about which most people in the West are completely unaware – and how what happened in Atlantis may still affect us. He looks at the fear of death in prehistory, cycles and great ages, and questions the materialism which kills off any rival viewpoints – especially scientific materialism. There is a review of the Ageless Wisdom (and a mention of Cycles of Eternity, Tim’s first book); premonitions; seven-fold human identity including the etheric, astral and other bodies; H.P. Blavatsky and her message; the individuality and the personality – and what happens to these after death.

Tim then considers the process of dying: modern attitudes; fear and the need for a change in attitude, as death is not the end; the after-death states including the ‘life review’; the astral world; the mental or Heaven world; a wide range of views on how long we are dead (from various writers with a Theosophical background including H.P. Blavatsky, Dr Douglas Baker, Rudolf Steiner to Alice Bailey); seances.

On the subject of reincarnation, Tim looks at the history of beliefs; the implications of reincarnation, how we set up our next life, gender, group incarnation. He considers evidence for re-birth: different levels of evolution; past lives recall; investigations and investigators of death and rebirth; famous people’s memories; near-death experiences; out-of-body experiences; and objections to reincarnation.

Then there are religious and cultural traditions of death: Christianity; deities of death; the ending of the world; pagan and wiccan folklore, ancient Greece, Norse, Celtic, native peoples’ beliefs in both North and South America; Asia, Buddhism, Hinduism, Vedic, Jainism; Islam; Judaism; the ancient world including Mesopotamian and Persian; shamanism; Taoism and Confucianism in China; Australasia and Polynesia; Africa, Ancient Egypt, the Bantu, the Llo, and in Nigeria. There’s a fascinating look at funerary practices and post-mortem rites including the Mexican Day of the Dead and African coffin art. The Law of Karma – of cause and effect – is considered: cosmic justice and the historical perspective; types of Karma; the nature of disease, what we bring to each life. Finally, there’s a look at ‘Death Miscellanea’, at culture – plays, films, TV dramas, documentaries, exhibitions, blood sports; celebrity deaths; technology; symbols; the commerce of death; suicide, death cults, and the future of how we view death.

Just remember – “Life never ends.”

The author Tim Wyatt is the author of numerous interesting and thought-provoking articles for the magazine. He describes himself as a “life-long spiritual explorer and student of the esoteric mysteries, occult science and the Ageless Wisdom”, who has spent five decades working as a journalist in all sections of the broadcast, print and online media. As a “dedicated student of consciousness research, he is the founder of the Leeds-based School of Applied Wisdom and travels extensively giving talks, seminars and workshops on occult topics to The Theosophical Society and many other groups”. Tim has won awards for his plays and television documentaries, is the author of numerous novels, short stories, articles, non-fiction works and poetry, and the founder of several publishing companies and at least two record labels.

His books from an esoteric viewpoint include Cycles of Eternity: An Overview of the Ageless Wisdom (2016) and the recent Secrets of Infinity (2020) which Tim describes as “a simple overview of key ideas”.

Everyone’s Book of the Dead

Firewheel Books 2021

ISBN 978-0-9561451-5-4

228pp

Price: £20 plus p&p

Available from: Firewheel Books : http://www.firewheelbooks.co.uk

LOVE – A Regenerating Factor by Ifigeneia Kastamoniti

“Of all the Qualities, Love is the most important, for if  it is strong enough in a man, it forces him to acquire all the rest, and all the rest without it would never be sufficient.” (J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master, p. 46, Greek edition)

The materialistic and narrow intellectual world of the present era is mainly governed by conflict, division, and antagonism. Most humans live and exist psychologically and mentally isolated from their fellow humans, whom they see under the influence of separateness and so are easily driven into collision with them. Conflict is usually caused by the wish to prove to others which idea and opinion is better and more justified and should prevail. In truth, the hidden wish behind all conflict is the wish to control and to achieve this. It takes various forms each time; it hides under a different mask and uses several excuses. In doing so, it hides itself even from the person who starts the dispute.

In one way or another, the various religions speak and teach love, but human intellect interprets this idea in so many ways that serious differences arise. These, unfortunately, lead to major disputes, quite often to schisms, dogmatism, fanaticism and even to actual war between followers and peoples; wars resulting in so many dreadful situations and unnecessary deaths or tortures, not only like those witnessed during the Mediaeval Ages but also like the ones taking place in our era. However, when human minds achieve a certain degree of spiritual development rejecting every selfish emotion, then the first signs of another type of energy will start to appear in a clear and absolute way. It is that energy which comes down from the soul, from the buddhi, and not from the intellect alone. It is the energy of the Second Logos which manifests as Love.

According to the Christian teachings, this stage of Love corresponds to the Christ, the Son – a notion which makes us think that the central idea of the Gospels is the ascending of the human soul to a higher spiritual stage by the power of Love. « “Love thy neighbor as thyself” », we read in the Gospel of Matthew (22:39). It is exceedingly difficult to understand what the Gospels mean by asking one to act through love, because this emotion can have many faces in our material world. As humans, we tend to form false ideas about how love can be expressed, and this causes great pain to most of us. We interpret it as attachment to persons, objects, and situations; we try to limit it to individuals or even ideas but the possessive character of this type of love usually results in raising actual walls in front of true love.

Jealousy, possessiveness, obsession, selfishness in action, thought and emotion, all work non-stop turning love into a disastrous illusion by restraining it within the limits of a stereotypical cycle which makes humans self-centered, wears them down psychologically, and gradually drives them to emotional annihilation. Unfortunately, they often refuse to abandon this cycle within which they have “imprisoned” what they call love, since they believe that everything else beyond their cycle is nothing but maya or illusion and utopia. Still, this “maya and utopia” might be the only true love embracing all. Therefore, perhaps the Gospels do not speak of love as is usually known to us, but they speak of something entirely different.

If humans could really love others as they love themselves, we would not suppress, we would not control or lie, or harm etc. Certain laws would not be necessary, nor the attachment to different aspects of truth or the partial truth found in various cultures and peoples; because generosity is that virtue which opens up human nature, it expands it and permeates it with a powerful energy of affection and devotion derived from the one and only knowledge, the Knowledge of Love, of Goodness, of the Logos.

Plato, in his work Definitions (p. 123, Greek text), refers to love as “agapissis” (αγάπησις). He interprets it as unconditional acceptance and separates its meaning from the word “Eros” (Έρως), about which he writes in his Symposium and other of his works. In them, Eros as an idea seems initially to have an educational and philosophical character, but at a higher level its meaning becomes more mystical and devotional as it turns its attention to faceless and formless Beauty. He writes that love for the sentient beings is a lower but nevertheless necessary step for the ascent of the soul towards the beauty of Goodness, towards To Agathon (To Aγαθόν). He assigns to Eros the notion that sentimentalism for the sentient and the material gradually transforms into a clear metaphysical and religious emotion for the faceless and formless Ideal.

“Wisdom is a most beautiful thing, and Eros is a love of the beautiful; and therefore, Eros is also a philosopher or lover of wisdom”, says Diotima of Mantineia, the wise prophetess (Symposium, 204b).

And further down she adds: “He who has been instructed thus far in the things of love, and who has learned to see the beautiful in due order and succession, when he comes toward the end he will suddenly perceive a nature of wondrous beauty and this, Socrates, is the final cause of all our former toils, a nature which in the first place is everlasting, not growing and decaying, or waxing and waning; secondly, not fair in one point of view and foul in another, or at one time or at one place fair, at another time or at another place foul, as if fair to some and foul to others, or in the likeness of a face or hands or any other part of the bodily frame, or in any form of speech or knowledge, or existing in any other being, as for example, in an animal, or in heaven, or in earth, or in any other place; but beauty absolute, separate, simple, and everlasting, which without diminution and without increase, or any change, is imparted to the ever-growing and perishing beauties of all other things. He who from these ascending under the influence of true love, begins to perceive that beauty, is not far from the end. And the true order of going, or being led by another, to the things of love, is to begin from the beauties of earth and mount upwards for the sake of that other beauty, using these as steps only, and from one going on to two, and from two to all fair forms, and from fair forms to fair practices, and from fair practices to fair notions, until from fair notions he arrives at the notion of absolute beauty, and at last knows what the essence of beauty is.” (Symposium, 210c-211c).

Thus, according to Plato, this type of love defined as Eros transcends physical limits by moving from one object of affection to the many, and finally becomes love for Beauty and The Agathon. It transforms into divine madness. It is a way, a necessary procedure, a path, while its worth lies on the radiance of that towards which it leads us. It is said that a similar, even though less intense feeling arises at certain stages of meditation during which the practitioner experiences an ineffable joy enwrapping him and taking him to an ecstatic level; there he grasps a view of the Essence, of that Beauty and feels Divine Bliss. However, if this love is

“ … translated as an intense desire for liberation from the round of births and deaths, and for union with God…, to put it in that way sounds selfish, and gives only part of the meaning…” (J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master, p. 46, Greek edition).

The human need for true love is quite deep but humans do not realise that our soul, our inner and immortal Self has beauty in it. So, they are trying hard to find love in the things of the exoteric world. Lead astray by materialism, they do not know that true and divine love shows its face only to those who can receive it within themselves; to those who prefer to love more the light of Truth than the vanity of the personal self – of the personality. Higher love has nothing to do with our senses and the physical world. It ignores even the existence of the sexes because the Soul has no sex. Divine love does not reject physical beauty but pays no attention to it. It does not prefer certain human types but turns its glance to every human being, even the sinful and unworthy, just as the sun sends its invigorating rays to all beings on Earth, even to those of the lowest level. True love, when it is applied to the physical world, has nothing to do with the beloved person but only with the energy of the affection and its effect on the receiver, be it a person, an object, or an idea.

Love, or what is considered as love, which derives only from bodily desires is an emotion which limits because it attaches itself to physical bodies and is absorbed by the material world, often turning people into narrow-minded slaves. On the contrary, true love deriving from our immortal soul, from our buddhic nature, rejects egotism and embraces selflessness. It is trustworthy, and can become a regenerating factor on every level of life, even on the physical one, whether it is applied to one person, to many or to all. It is harmony and tolerance which cure conflict and disharmony because, as Victor Hugo puts it (Les Misérables):

“Love is a portion of Soul itself and it is of the same nature as the celestial breathing of the atmosphere of Paradise…. To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life… Love, that is the only thing that can occupy and fill eternity. In the infinite, the inexhaustible is requisite.”

In our physical world, gravity or attraction is the energy that coheres, coordinates harmoniously, and holds firmly everything in our visible universe. By analogy, attraction in the realm of Soul in the form of true love connects, binds, and coheres everything. Spiritual law unifies those who relate to true love and sooner rather than later brings them together again to meet one another on this planet, to love one another and to work for the good of humanity and all Nature. Love beyond the grave is not maya and utopia; it has an inherent magical power which affects humans and is not limited by space and time.  

When we become liberated from selfish love, we feel our heart being broken into pieces because this liberation truly requires a painful effort on our part if we want to succeed in our endeavour. Obviously, one cannot achieve it right away because this change, this transmutation, does not take place exoterically via the usual intellectual methods nor by a special ritual, religious or otherwise. It requires an inner realisation and acceptance on our part because the main purpose and task of every researcher of Truth, of every aspirant, is to find that love which is unifying and “celestial breathing from the atmosphere of Paradise”.

“Hast thou attuned thy heart and mind to the great mind and heart of all mankind?”, asks Aryasanga. “For as the sacred River’s roaring voice whereby all Nature sounds are echoed back, so must the heart of him ‘who in the stream would enter,’ thrill in response to every sigh and thought of all that lives and breathes.”

(H. P. Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence, pp 10, 50)

Few are those who serve the Tree of Life, who are anxious for more love amongst humans, more unselfishness and service deriving from the heart – because in the heart lies the seed of Universal Brotherhood. It awaits the reviving breeze which will turn the spark into a huge flame and a fire – the fire of creativity and liberation from the turmoil of egotism and blinding materialism. But as love grows and transcends human limits ascending to a higher level, it becomes a respect for all beings and a service to humanity and the spiritual world. It can uplift and regenerate us and our planet. It is inspired by our immortal soul to which it belongs and by controlling the materialist desires it leads the aspirant towards his or her immortal core. “This flight of the soul”, says Socrates to Theaetetus, “is what transforms one… and makes us just and virtuous by the means of love.”  

Then, like the light of the sun which shines upon all, such is the radiance of the one who has achieved the higher level of love. That person becomes an Ananda, one who rises above all separateness and discrimination, who feels all as brothers and sisters and radiates love and compassion to the surrounding world, adding one more stone to the wall of Knowledge which protects humanity from darkness and ignorance. And this is because, as Master Serapis Bay wrote to Colonel Olcott, one of the Founders of the Theosophical Society (Letter 13):

“Let love radiate around you expressed by its higher spiritual form. Take the emanations of this divine feeling and try to find the best way to serve humanity by applying love, compassion, justice, mercy, and self-abnegation. Applying these to microcosm will allow you to know better the mysterious laws of Love in its macrocosmic aspect. No mortal can imagine Divine Beauty in a way other than the one which is most familiar. Therefore, true love on earth purifies and prepares humans to understand the Divine Love, because those who want to understand the Infinite, should first understand the finite. The essence of the Infinite has nothing to do with its volume that is known as expansion, but with the mystery of Unity. The more we realize the unity within, the deeper we understand the mystical bliss of Existence….

God’s blessing on thee, Brother”

Bibliography

J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master, TPH Greece, Athens, 1966

Plato, Symposium, KAKTOS, Athens, Greece, 1991

The Bible, HELLENIC BIBLICAL SOCIETY, Athens, 2003

Victor Hugo, Les Misérables,

https://www.google.com/search?q=victor+hugo+love+quotes.

H. P. Blavatsky, The Voice of the Silence,     https://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/voice/VoiceoftheSilence_eBook.pdf

C. Jinarājadāsa, Letters from the Masters of the Wisdom, Second Series, Adyar, Madras, India, Theosophical Publishing House, 1925.

Have Perseverance by Wayne Gatfield

Sisu is a concept from Finland that can be roughly translated into English as guts, determination, perseverance; there is no exact translation, as English is an extremely limited language when it comes to anything that is unconnected to living a material life.

In Finland conditions can be harsh, with long periods of darkness and extreme cold at certain times of the year.  So it is integral to the Finnish nature to have this grit and determination to overcome these difficult conditions by an inner resolve.  Yet it is not something done consciously but just the way they have developed and has become the national character.

The “Voice of the Silence” by HP Blavatsky has these lines:

“Have perseverance as one who doth for evermore endure. Thy shadows live and vanish; that which in thee shall live for ever, that which in thee knows, for it is knowledge, is not of fleeting life: it is the man that was, that is, and will be, for whom the hour shall never strike. “

The shadows that she mentions are our personal selves, that in the scale of things are like bubbles in a stream or a flash of lightning in a summer cloud.  Yet we give them so much attention.  Compared to the infinity of the Universe we are like mayflies or a galloping horse seen through a crack in a fence, to use some Taoist and Buddhist expressions.

Most of the world’s problems arise from the fact that people are totally unaware that they are immortal beings in reality.  Yet they live as if their personal selves will go on forever.  So, all their attention is focused on this very short life.  A matter of a few decades.  They give attention to themselves and to their families, oblivious of the fact that they have had many more families and friends in previous lives who they loved just as much, but have faded from physical memory.  It’s all part of the Never-Ending Story, to use the title of one of my favourite films.  HP Blavatsky once again writes in the “Key to Theosophy”:

“We Theosophists, therefore, distinguish between this bundle of “experiences”, which we call the false (because so finite and evanescent) personality, and that element in man to which the feeling of “I am I” is due. It is this “I am I” which we call the true individuality; and we say that this “Ego” or individuality plays, like an actor, many parts on the stage of life. Let us call every life on earth of the same Ego a night on the stage of a theatre. One night the actor, or Ego, appears as Macbeth, the next as Shylock, the third as Romeo, the fourth as Hamlet or King Lear, and so on, until he has run through the whole cycle of incarnation The Ego begins his life-pilgrimage as a sprite, an Ariel, or a Puck; 1 plays the part of a super, is a soldier, a servant, one of the chorus; rises then to speaking parts, plays leading roles interspersed with insignificant parts, till he finally retires from the stage as Prospero, the magician. “

Of course, it is likely that those people you form a strong Spiritual or emotional attraction to will follow you into the next life.  In that case it may take the form of an instant bond being formed or even ‘love at first sight’ in some cases.  Perhaps even hatred forms a link too. If physical memory falls short, soul memory records everything.  If we could tap into that we would remember all our past lives, which would be rather overwhelming and traumatic for us at this stage of our evolution.

Who or what we are in reality is much different than what we think we are and yet a golden thread runs through all our lives, which is known as the ‘sutratma’ in Sanskrit.  This word means ‘thread soul.’  When we awaken to our True Self and the realisation of our immortality, then everything changes.  We see what really matters and what matters not at all, often a complete reversal of what we thought was important before.  There is a calmness to all of this, because now we realise that nothing can touch our True Self and that we are something infinitely more than we ever dreamed. We become aware of our true potential as Spiritual Beings.

It is easier then to act like those Finnish people, motivated by Sisu.  We begin to see clearly and many of the glaring injustices and wrongs of society, that are accepted by most, are seen in their true light. 

If we can also see that death is no obstacle to our onward march, then we can have such perseverance as the “Voice of the Silence” mentions.  What we are in essence knows because it is Knowledge.  True Knowledge of course.  In this state we just know what needs to be known.  Our mind is cleared of all those things we learned that are of no use to us on our Spiritual Journey.  We have been seeing “through a glass darkly”, tied down by intellectual concepts and ideas; which are merely feeding the lower aspects of our mind and perhaps creating the “mind formed manacles” of which William Blake writes in his poem “London”.  Bodhidharma, the great Buddhist Adept, states that the intellect will eventually poison the soul if allowed free rein.  Sri Shankaracharya tells us that the mind can be lost in a labyrinth of words, like a man in a thick forest.

We should be aiming always to be guided by our Higher Self and not by external rules created by those who are ignorant of their Spiritual nature.  Of course, we must use ‘common’ sense in all this, although the common sense of those on a Spiritual Path is much different than the usual idea of what common sense is.  It is the sense one has in common with others on the same pilgrimage to the Heart of the Universe.  The usual ideas of what it is are again based upon premises that have no inkling of anything Spiritual.

I will close with the words Sri Krishna, which rounds things off nicely:

“Learn from these facets of Nature: though trampled on by all, be firm in your adversity like the earth itself; from these mountains which hold their mineral and other resources for the welfare of the world, learn that you must live for others and not for yourself; like the wind, you must be able to pass through unhindered; all-pervasive, touching everything, yet itself untouched, the sky is verily the shining paradigm of the Yogin; you should be limpid, pure, purifying, pleasing and refreshing like water; effulgent with the lustre of wisdom like the fire that reduces to ashes all impurity; like the python, lie still and take only what comes to you, and when nothing comes, fast as the python does; like the sea, deep and unfathomable, neither be swollen by what flows into you nor be depleted by what is withdrawn from you; like the bee, take in little by little, and from good and bad alike, extract the essence even as the bee gathers honey. “

Human Artificiality by Debbie Elliott

Art by Joma Sipe

In my latest book ‘Monkey Mind Robot Body’ I am looking at the possible impact of transhumanism and the rise of super artificial intelligence on human society. It is a science fiction take on the future looking at the theological arguments, but its not only been modern day that humans have tried to replicate themselves through automata, we’ve been doing it for centuries. In Greek mythology one of the Titans, Prometheus, is responsible for creating humanity out of clay. He and his brother, Epimetheus, were told to make creatures for the planet earth by Zeus. Epimetheus made the animals, Prometheus made man. Prometheus made the men to stand upon their two legs so that they would be able to look up to the heavens. Now Prometheus liked his new creation and wanted to help the men on earth, and to keep them safe from Zeus, the ruler of the Olympian gods. Zeus had taken a disliking to the men of earth and this caused problems between himself and Prometheus, as the Titan wanted the humans to live on. Prometheus, being our creator, felt a paternal need to protect mankind from the Olympians. The story continues with Zeus creating his own creature to put upon the earth to tempt and deceive the men made by Prometheus. What Zeus created was woman.

Like children who imitate their parents, we humans imitate the gods. We want to create new life, but are not satisfied with the new life we create as humans-the human babies that are born to human parents, we look for ways to create a new species of life. Why do we do this? Why do humans need to create something else, to be inventors in new projects? For satisfaction? To become like a god? God made man in his image, so says the Bible. So, if we look like God, maybe we can become like God. Or do we continue this research in to creating new life so that we are able to defeat death? If Gods are immortal and if we humans become like the gods are we then able to defeat death?

In the ancient past artists and craftsmen created mechanical creatures to entertain the people. They were known as automata and the artist engineers were creating mechanical objects for various reasons. These mechanical robots are art forms and can be found in different ages of humanity’s past. Most were curiosities, mechanical monkeys and lions and other creatures that walk this earth created to instruct and to represent the natural world. Some had artistic functions to entertain whilst many were created to be protection, a form of security.

The word for mechanical automata comes from the ancient Greek word ‘moechus’ which means adulterer, fornicator. In ancient times some of the gods committed adultery and they sometimes did this with humans by pretending to be that person’s husband or wife, so they were impersonating another, just as mechanical robots and art are often regarded as impersonating another life form.

In 1546 Dr John Dee, the astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, knew how to make mechanical creatures and he used one in a production of Aristophanes ‘Peace’. Dr Dee created a giant mechanical beetle that flew through the air above the audiences’ heads. They looked up in amazement and disbelief, many believing that it was a real giant beetle summoned by Dee using his magical abilities.

In some cases, mechanical artists were asked to make an automaton of a lost loved one. A medieval romance tale tells of the lost love of a young man, he was so in love with a local lady but could not have her as she was married to another. So, he had a mechanical copy of her made for him to woo and romance. Creepy? In medieval times, mechanical automata in the likeness of knights were made to protect the burial sites of the heroes and saints, or to protect those who resided, or perhaps were imprisoned, in castles. These mechanical guardians were set to stand still throughout time, only to move when motivated, when somebody enters the sanctuary and sets off the alarms that are rigged for intruders, alerting the automata to prepare to defend the sanctuary.

We go forward in humanity’s history a few centuries and we see that the artistic form of mechanical creation has changed from art to necessity. It was the twentieth century engineer Nikola Tesla who changed automata from mechanical to electrical. Tesla made automatons but instead of being operated with a mechanical mechanism, they were operated with electrical apparatus. It was in September 1898 that Nikola Tesla exhibited his automations at Madison Square Garden where the first electrical exhibition was being held. Tesla had made two, what he called teleautomaton. One was an underwater submarine, the other an automaton that would sit on top of the water like a boat. Both were radio controlled and were well-built toy sized automatons. Tesla’s audience were amazed, they had never seen the like, two automaton that propelled themselves around the pool made for them. Nobody was aware that Tesla was operating them, wirelessly, from behind the scenes. This was the beginning of a new stage in automatism and robotics.

Tesla wrote in a letter to a professor at Purdue University that- “I treated the whole field broadly, not limiting myself to mechanisms controlled from distance but to machines possessed of their own intelligence….Whatever be the practical possibilities of such an achievement, it will mark the beginning of a new epoch in mechanics.”

In the twenty-first century we see humans taking the next step and making robots in their image.In Japan the Advanced Telecommunications Institute has replicated a person, it has made an artificial human so lifelike, called the Actroid. They have made a robot that looks like & is programmed to mimic its maker- Hirosho Ishugiro, who is the director of the intelligent robotics lab. Meanwhile the Human Centered Robotics lab in Texas makes humanoid robots that are capable of performing many tasks.

The future could be a mixture of robots and humans living together, artificial humans identical to real humans living side by side. Artificial intelligence is happening, it is almost everywhere already, many companies use it, our smart phones and appliances are run by them, the question is, how long is it till we are run by them?

Can robots have souls? Can they develop and have their own intelligence? Many science fiction books and films look at this probability, artificial intelligence has an intelligence and all intelligence can learn and grow. It was recently reported in Newsweek (8/5/2017) that the Facebook computer had created its own language and was conversing with other artificial intelligences. The Facebook company shut the AI down.

The Google AlphaGo zero-mastered ancient Chinese game of Go in 3 days, a game that takes humans many years to master.

In the Huffington Post (March 8th 2018) Google’s Alexa, the artificial Intelligence made to make life easier for people and is now in most homes worldwide was recently reported to have been heard to laugh. Alexa is laughing out loud for no reason and in a sinister way-a case of bad programming? A programmer playing tricks? Or is this the start of an AI takeover? Could it be developing and surpassing humanity?

Why are robots being built? Robots will be to do our manual work, to make our lives easier, the robots will be able to create a paradise on earth for us to live in. What will we do with all that spare time? Sing and dance? Make art? Make babies? Are robots the answer as to how we defeat death and thus live forever? Is the ultimate goal to become immortal? Would we live longer if we replaced our organic parts with robotic? Then the question becomes-What is it inside us that dies? As organic humans we usually live until our organic bodies fail us, but if we had a body that could be repaired and replaced with new parts-what then?

It is already happening that we can replace organic human parts with robotics artificial parts. But would it be possible to put the humanity into the robot? Is the human consciousness transferable from an organic body to a mechanical? It would need some kind of computer to brain interfacing appliance to make this work but before that the scientists would have to discover what it is that makes us human, what is the consciousness and where is it? If they can transplant a human consciousness into a robotic body, this body would be able to live forever, each damaged part would have the chance to be replaced, the consciousness would live on and on and on…becoming immortal.

With a robotic body a human consciousness would not need air to breath, food to eat, water to drink, it would no longer need the vital things that organic humans need to stay alive. What would a human consciousness do in a robotic body? I would like to think that they may come to the realization that they now could care for the planet, look after the environment and the animal and plant life that lives on it. As robotic humans we would no longer need to pollute the atmosphere with fossil fuels or leave waste everywhere from all the sustenance that we consume.

Without our organic bodies and in an indestructible body, we could clean up our picturesque planet and make it a safe and ideal haven for all the other organic life that roams this earth. As robotic humans we would then become guardians of this beautiful world.

The Information Universe by Terry Edwards

A revelation

In 1992 I came across a book called “Information and the Internal Structure of the Universe” by Professor Tom Stonier (Springe-Verlag, 1990) of the University of Bradford. In it, Stonier describes how information is a fundamental component of all physical phenomena, whether biological or thermodynamic. In other words, like the Chinese idea of the Tao or Plato’s idea of form, the concept comes before the manifestation, the design before the apparatus etc. So when a process undergoes a change it is because information has been added to or subtracted from it. Radiation falling on an atom represents, if absorbed, an information input. If the atom’s system reorganises (say an electron raised to a higher energy state) then the information content increases. Non-radiant heat is a process that increases disorder and therefore reduces information (that is entropy increases).

Systems within systems within…

What seemed to be missing from the information physics described by Professor Stonier was an emphasis on the role of systems. After all, information has no meaning in itself unless it is in the context of a system being organised. The ideas in the book supported my feeling that there is really only one expression of being. The universe is a regime of conceptual systems that interrelate by means of information. Information transfers between systems and within them through organised subsystems. All processes, whether physical or mental[1], reorganise a system’s patterns by adding or subtracting information. Large systems subsume small ones in a circular loop. In other words, they all contain each other. The idea of inside and outside is interchangeable, a matter of perspective. An individual ‘thing’ is the focus point between internal and external processes. The whole is the sum of the parts. Each part is a unique version of the whole. The whole does not exist except as it reflects in the parts. There is no universe. As all existence is paradox, I will continue by describing the properties of something that does not exist except as an idea in consciousness.

The Organic Universe

I had concluded before my revelations in 1992 that the universe is an organic (conceptually organised) whole with its own purposes and processes. From my new insights into centres, I realised that each discrete object in space-time exists in its own version of the universe[2].  I experienced this in abstract consciousness as each object or person drawing down infinite space to a focus like a wraparound funnel. So as a car moved along a road it appeared to drag its version of the cosmos along with it. In other words, as the car travels forwards, the road and the planet move towards it. The car does not really move. All that changes is the idea of where it is. The engine, the transmission and the energy consumed are just a story to account for it. I saw the centre as a dot in a circle. A few years later I came across Theosophy. The Proem in Blavatsky’s Secret Doctrine implies the feeling I had about folded space in the first paragraph. She refers to the centre of an immaculate white disc. That is the higher consciousness, the soul. The other half of the story is the dull black disc with a point of light at the centre. That point of light could be the heart or spirit of an atom, a human being or a planet, etc. Space in its finite sense is an illusion of centres, each alone in the one void, apparently sharing the same volume on the basis of abstract mathematical properties. Everyone you meet is a universe. All that differs is our point of perspective on the whole. I imagined a complex mechanism at work behind all activity, which I termed the causal event field or matrix. I imagined it in the form of lines of light communicating between centres to exchange information. It worked internally, directly between things rather than externally across space. Nowadays we take the idea of a matrix for granted but at that time it was new to me. This matrix operated on the basis of simple laws or principles that gave rise to seemingly complex processes. I felt that the universe seeks an ever-greater degree of organisation in all things, organic and inorganic. I could not have anticipated then how complex[3] human society would become as a result of digital communication.

The Implicate Order

Following on from the conclusions described above I acquired confirmation of my ideas in another book called “Wholeness and the Implicate Order” (1980) by David Bohm. In it, Bohm postulates that the universe is defined or described at every ‘point’ of space by notions of implication or subjective association (meaning). He contrasted this with explicate or objective order (information). If objects in space are made of points of light in formation, we can say this is the zero dimension. Points interact directly with one another through lines of communication. So point-to-point transactions take place through lines, the first order or linear dimension of one. I see this as a mechanism for explicate or external processes. On a human level, these transactions fire off when we interact with people in the ‘real world’[4]. The implicate order associates more with the second order dimension of planes[5]. Planes correlate shared properties, events and situations. The dimension of three is what I call concept space. This is where points group into sets inside spheres of meaning. So an individual could belong to the groupings of genetics, species or race. Spheres organise conceptually on the basis of similarities rather than differences. Concept space contrasts with what I think of as context space where things associate by circumstance. If you want an example of context space, you are living in it. In this world, differences have more impact than similarities. This is where we take sides, judge those who choose to live, think or dress differently. These attitudes are superficial when you consider that we are just patterns of information moving through folded space-time. In a virtual reality simulation, one animated role is as good as any other.

Geometry of the mind

The zero dimension is composed of points. Every ‘thing’ has a point or centre that defines it. We associate that point with its meaning; ‘my point is’. The dimension of one is linear. Every transaction between any two points registers on a line. At a meeting we might talk about ‘the line to take’. Or we might think of events unfolding along particular ‘time lines’. Any form of collective experience ties in with a plane. We might talk of ‘levelling up’ or ‘levelling down’ to bring a degree of commonality within a group. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know unconsciously. Human life is a plane of consciousness. We all belong to it (stake our point on it). Our points belong to sets. Sets belong to themes. We talk about a common experience as being ‘a field’[6]. In the field or plane of chartered accountancy all the practitioners speak their jargon and do the same things. A much larger, more abstract grouping would be three-dimensional, the sphere of finance for example. A sphere is a set of points intersected by planes of experience and linked by individual involvement is a region of universal consciousness. Thus, chartered accountancy is a subset within the financial sphere. Such spheres are continually expanding and growing in complexity.

Everything exists except you

Whatever lines, planes or spheres we connect to and for however long, we are always at the centre of our version of it. All locations are relative to every other. As a human being, it is every other human being that defines you. All the concepts in a class define each and every individual[7]. At the centre of everything, the individual (he, she or it) whatever it happens to be does not exist except as everything else defines us. In the geometry of life, you are nothing and you are everything. These geometries hint at the manner in which the universe collates all transactions and experience between all things in all places and across all times. The human race belongs to the set of species that exist on planet earth. The race derives its meaning from the total set of life-forms that define it as part of the one world system. Each species that becomes extinct detracts from our meaning.  The universe craves variety. Political systems that impose monocultures, for example by limiting the varieties of apples that are permissible to grow and sell, are eroding the meaning and significance of the whole class of product. We cut down the rainforests at our peril. As a living being, the planet must be aware of the loss of species from its collective consciousness. Humanity will be enlightened eventually about the consequences of its wanton destruction of the planet’s resources. Karmic rebalancing will impact most on those individuals directly responsible but we are all in the mix somewhere. Free will comes with total responsibility for our thoughts, deeds and actions.

You can’t beat the system

Science gave David Bohm a hard time because of his ideas about the implicate order. Science says such nebulous mechanisms cannot exist if they cannot be measured. Anything that brings the idea of ‘meaning’ centre stage is anathema to science. This is an example of an untestable, unspoken assumption made by the discipline that proscribes unacceptable research like homeopathy. Meaning, science declares, belongs to philosophy. You cannot speak of a dimension of subjective meaning operating in the universe but you can use entanglement in your quantum computer because it is ‘mysterious’, it operates outside of time and space. This illustrates one of the dangers of clinging to outmoded belief systems. The universe does not have a meaning. The universe is meaning. Meaning is not limited to or by the speed of light. It is instantaneous and beyond physicality. If we are to evolve in universal terms we will need to transcend our attachment to rigid dogma. Dogma in all spheres of activity is a selective filter that blocks the unfettered consciousness from realising its unlimited potential. Science pays lip service to the idea that we exist in a virtual reality simulation without facing up to the inevitable consequences for the spiritual nature of reality.

The holographic universe

The idea of the implicate order, which is more fashionably expressed now as ‘entanglement’, is pivotal to understanding the relationship between all things. Bohm confirms that we should not see the human being or anything else for that matter as a collection of atoms. Each separate thing or object is a unified concept, defined abstractly and expressed in molecular form – not as a collection of particles having conveniently useful and randomly generated properties.  ‘You’ are not your atoms but a being that employs cells and molecules to express the fundamental concept that is ‘you’.  A grain of sand does not make a beach but a beach contains many grains of sand. The concept of human life underlies your design. Nothing should be seen as separate from the whole. The biology of the planet is an expression of a particular life pattern. If another planet exists in the universe having a similar biology then our mutual developments are inexplicably entwined irrespective of distance. If you cannot get your head around the idea that we are all connected, then think about this analogy. If you take a video of six people in a group and then play it back on your device, you will see six people in the image but there is only one screen. The entire physical space-time cosmos we see is a quantum digital information template viewed[8] by consciousness through a single display mechanism.

David Bohm introduced a concept he called enfolded space. For me, this same idea emerged in the form of images of space on a microscopic level as a sea or matrix of spheres. Each of these contained an inverted image of the universe as seen in a convex mirror. Each sphere is the whole universe seen from a particular perspective. I was describing a hologram. These cells might relate to the quantum foam or they might be an allegory. If you have ever delved into a fractal pattern on a computer you will find that the top-level pattern emerges repeatedly as you go deeper. The universe is a massive fractal. Human beings belong to a fractal, which embeds all other people inside us. Complementary to his concept of enfolded space, Bohm refers to the ‘holomovement’ – the process of unfoldment from implicate to explicate order – a process I envisaged as a pulsation[9] of the entire universal matrix. I saw movement through space as a line of light bulbs going on and off in sequence, the illusion of motion. It all serves to deceive us into believing in separation. The truth is hard for many people to accept. We do not exist. So what does exist?

The cosmic numbers racket

My teenage years were the Sixties. There’s an old joke, if you remember the Sixties you weren’t really there. I was never ‘hip’. I remember the period quite clearly as far as watching television goes. I saw the first episode of Dr Who at a time when police boxes meant something. My awakening was watching The Prisoner, created by and starring Patrick McGoohan. The special effects were crude in those days but that series opened my mind to new possibilities for fiction and for creative imagination. It prompted me to start writing. (My first novel was never published but I have since transformed the original story into a self-published book called Missing Time.) In The Prisoner, all the characters live in The Village, basically a microcosm of society. The Village is a prison dominated by a totalitarian regime where everybody, warders and prisoners alike are known by numbers and not names. They employ mind control, social conditioning, compulsory credit cards, a totally prescriptive education curriculum and collectively enforced group attitudes on individuals. How far-fetched is that? What idiots would want to create a nightmare society like that in real life? The prisoner was Number Six and stood for the individual. The leader and chief administrator was Number Two. The mystery was Number One. Who is Number One? The opening line was “I am not a number. I am a free man.” If we can forgive him for not shouting “person”, the point is clear. We dread being classified as ‘just numbers’. Move on twenty-five years and I realised that numbers are exactly what we are. Numbers are the basis of consciousness. They have value and meaning. The number one is the most important number of all. Number one has the property of individuality and the essence or quality of oneness, which is love. Another Sixties quote says it all; ‘All you need is love’. McGooghan used the theme in the final episode.

Form and the needs of the formless

If you are infinite being made of love in a state of absolute oneness, you have a problem. How are you to acquire understanding? How can you explore your nature? There is nothing external to experience other than your own being. In a realm of pure thought, what is there to think about? Perhaps love is not enough after all. Maybe you need to step outside and go through hell to appreciate heaven. Nobody can categorise or describe the infinite in words but we can sense it; it is inside and around us. At the same time, words like place and location do not apply. All ideas contain an opposite, an antithesis that defines their meaning. The French Impressionist Painters of the late 19th Century like Vincent Van Gogh knew this. They used pairings of complementary colours to create vivid works of art unlike anything that had gone before. It is that quality in ideas that makes everything possible. The antithesis of an idea is its opposite but it is not a mirrored equality of negative and positive. It is the ‘not’ aspect. Coldness is not the opposite of heat; it is its absence. The antithesis of infinity is finiteness. The antithesis of one is zero. But to say we have zero of something, we have to say what it is we haven’t got. “Yes, we have no bananas.” So it is an important aspect of zeros that they have a meaning, albeit a negative one. So in a digital universe, everything is composed from noughts and ones. Nought or zero defines the centre of an object’s space; one establishes its time. It is the same as the role of 0 and 1 in the binary operations within a computer. The difference is that combinations of 0 and 1 in the universe have a third component – infinity. Infinity is the part of the trinity that represents meaning. Computers do not process meaning, only information. A digital image on a screen has no meaning. The viewer’s consciousness supplies that. The universe combines objective information (particles) with subjective meaning (waves) to create physical experience in the form of a story. What would be the point of a universe without meaning? I suppose it keeps physicists and philosophers in different parts of the building. As already discussed, the idea that there is no meaning in the universe is an assumption of science that has no logical basis. It is unprovable one way or the other. It came about because the Christian Church forced science down a materialistic pathway in its early days. The Inquisition could be very persuasive.  

Gone fishing

I make an arbitrary distinction between generalised ideas like motherhood, and concepts. A concept is a conceived or manifest idea with particular expression, like a mother. When an idea becomes active, it enfolds into the infinite light of consciousness as an abstract idea. When new concepts come into being they start as a lack or an unfulfilled requirement in the story. The first step for nothing to become something is to be necessary. So a new idea starts as a zero, a latent, unmanifest possibility within nothingness. It is an invisible black dot hidden in the dark side of the Taijitu. It is the light (the white side of the Taijitu) that plucks the zero from darkness to sample its possibilities. It becomes a black dot or notional centre of the light. If it is valid, it will remain. If it is void, it will dissolve back into nothingness. So you have your own personal version of the infinite light that establishes your meaning. Your meaning evolves moment by moment according to what you do – not what you believe. The light responds to action (Karma) not thought. People who harm or control others gain nothing. The light responds only to love, joy and bliss, never to fear and never to anything you can buy. A life in pursuit of money and power is spiritually unrewarding[10] if there is no love in what you do. What we do for others rewards us. What we do for ourselves does not. For each dark dot in the light, there is a light dot in the shadow. The light you shine out in darkness is entirely your own. If a new concept, a thought or a thing, has value it remains. This is the metaphor on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that portrays God reaching out to put the spark into Adam.

Only love decides

In the case of potential human beings, infinite embryonic patterns lurk passively in darkness seeking to be conceived. The field of light does not decide the validity of a new concept by logic or complex thinking. The light cannot think. It feels. It is the province of the heart and not the head. Only love, the current state of the oneness can make such a choice. It is never an easy decision for the concept. Its tiny light in the darkness competes with the negativity of shadow. That light is its ego. For a sentient being, the temptations of materialism are a challenge. Entities who practice evil (the absence of love) may never get out of the darkness without help. The tension between the infinitely small and infinitely large creates finite existence. Sentient beings have the potential to become orbs, sometimes called Merkaba. These are bodies of light that transcend the limitations of time and space.

The shadow dream

A zero reaches out from the womb of nothingness to influence events on earth to make its conception inevitable. If it is a potential living being like a man or woman, it draws the perfect parents together that will provide its genetic requirements. Typically, an entity in the discarnate state needs to incarnate. From its review of past karma and qualities, it has a shopping list of physiological and mental qualities, etc. Through the magic of love and the finesse of the one, the spark finds its zero, its pattern of space[11]. The one provides its brief moment of personal time that will repeat until its last breath if the baby comes to full term. At some point the optimum discarnate soul enters the picture. The newly emerging entity[12] plugs into the conceptual network through a gigantic prime number that determines its meaning and purpose and shapes the story of its life. The point of conception and final conclusion coexist; they are the same. A lifetime is a journey to a predetermined conclusion from an inevitable beginning. Nothing is wasted and free will decides the route. The tension between the alpha and omega aspects of the present moment ensures that events unravel to purpose. The point of time expands into a circle like a ripple on a pond. This attraction of the potential embryo for its necessary ancestors extends across generations. The conclusion of the story of everything is foregone. The needs of the future[13] reach out to the past. Each potential creature desires to attract the optimum parents to satisfy its particular genetic requirements. It is the needs of the subsequent generations that inspire the sexual activities of the present. Ideally love should motivate all conceptions but nature will find a way no matter what occurs. There will always be entities ready to step in, even to touch the earth plane for a precious moment. It is much the same for the emergence of planets and stars in the fields of dust and gas in nebulae. The shadow and the light initiate the process of accretion that leads to new objects forming.  

The One

Whole numbers (integers) are entities in the matrix of universal concepts. Together they form a stack of planes of consciousness. They are the baseline on which universal mind builds structure, using both value and meaning. This makes numbers pivotal units between objective and subjective cognisance. Numbers are the repositories of experience. They acquire meaning through precedence as events unfold. They enable the formless to manifest in form. Numbers provide things for minds to think about and activities for finite beings to do. This feeds back into infinite consciousness and allows it to evolve. The number one implicates all numbers to infinity. We are familiar with zeroes and ones. We see them all the time so it is hard to view any number as special, let alone holy. Let me state categorically that I am not trivialising the one, quite the reverse. The one has infinite aspects such as consciousness, existence, individuality and being (I am, one is). You are an expression of the number one. We all are. Everything is. There is nothing that is not so because nothing expresses zero or non-being. We are infinite essence attached to a particular version of the number one. A property of the number one ensures uniqueness; there can be only one of anything[14]. We are quanta or units or monads, however you choose to describe it. Thus we are infinite ideas but we are not the one. It is the one that is us. The one is the only idea of existence. So the one is everything and everything is one.

Why existence?

Logic compels the idea of existence to exist as something. The number one must manifest as long as it never does so twice as the same thing. Remember that there can be many versions of the centre of an infinite space. This is so as long as those centres dwell in their own versions of that space and relate to each other by some abstract means. Relationship is a blending of similarities and differences. The nature of implication or entanglement is an abstract idea. That idea is essential meaning or spirit. Physical existence is only possible because the infinite component of all things is the glue that holds it together. Infinite relationship, the formless aspect, enables the fictional story that binds these totally independent centres into form. That is why existence is virtual or illusory. Therefore the trinity of one, zero and infinity can create existence but a total duality of one and zero could not. Ultimately, that is why bad things can happen in a universe created by love; existence incorporates the element of drama as a latent possibility. All it needs is characters and a plot. Events are conceptually quantised and organised by planes of consciousness and grouped into spheres of meaning. Your infinite aspect allows you to exist. You are spirit whether you like it or not. That is why you damage yourself if you harm or control another.

Balance

A harmful action creates a shadow or tension in the spirit that compels it to seek relief through suffering. Atone is ‘at one’. This is karma. That does not mean we are here to be perfect. There is no growth in perfection but on the whole it is better to try to do the right thing – unless you want to suffer. The universal story is very good at creating moral dilemmas. Think of the one as a casting director. Sometimes the universal story needs a soul to fulfil a villainous act to bring about balance. It might be out of character but necessary for the greater good. Free will requires the permission of all parties involved. We cannot avoid karma but there are many ways to redress a debt. We might do it by suffering or through service. It is all love working out. All reality is virtual, so do your best. You can do no more. Your infinite self decides what happens to your finite being. You might not like it but there is nothing you can do about it. You have nobody else to blame. Forgiveness is the only escape.   

Uniqueness

A single thought cannot be had twice in exactly the same way or situation. Consciousness craves variety in all things and the property of uniqueness in the one enforces it. This is chaos. There must always be a quantum difference between any two manifestations of the number one. You could not clone any creature and expect to recreate it exactly. No two things could attach to the conceptual network through the same prime number at the same time although a number could come up for reuse in sequence. Totally identical twins cannot be. The one exists as everything except itself. This prohibition compels it to create. Even nothing exists as a number because zero is a location on a graph. Zero implicates one, as one implicates nothing because it is not one (no thing). A state of total non-existence is untenable because nothing implicates something. One and zero mutually implicate each other. The mechanism of implication is infinite. Everything finite has its infinite quality. So oneness and nothingness belong to the infinite and cannot be separate. At the same time there is a logical state of opposition between them that leads inevitably to the idea of difference and separation. This tension is the Tao, the grit in the oyster that produces the pearl of conscious existence. The one is the entity that generates all form and all concepts, motivated by its infinite quality of oneness or love. It is the entity. The one is the universe[15].

Entity Modelling

In the late Nineteen Eighties I was between jobs and with no clear direction in life. Circumstances prompted me to try the field of systems analysis. I went on a course and then took on a technical computing role. With no background in computer programming and no aptitude for it, I was totally out of my depth. However, it is one of those quirks in life that puts you through a painful experience for a reason that has nothing to do with the original situation. The course introduced me to the concept of entity modelling. This is a technique for arranging an organisation’s data into a hierarchical structure. Science talks of a universe composed of quantum digital information but I am not aware that they think about how it is organised. But entity modelling is not a science; it is a business tool. I find that the word entity causes great fear to some people. They think I am dabbling with dangerous spirits or ghosts of some kind. In this context an entity is anything the universe holds information about. It could be a pencil or a planet. So, for example, in a commercial retailer, entities would be customer, product line, individual products, marketing, manufacturer, etc. In this example, entities in the hierarchy ‘own’ those below them. So product would belong to product line. Customer would ‘own’ their postal address. Customer would belong to regional delivery area, and so on. The purpose of entity modelling is to organise a body of complex information into an efficient top-down structure with minimum repetition of data. My failure in computing led me to seek other work and forget all about systems analysis. The idea of entity modelling soon came back when I read Tom Stonier’s book about information physics. So the universe does not have an entity model located somewhere. It is the entity model. In the same way, nature does not employ mathematics; it is mathematics. The universe is its own operating system.

The sandwich of time

In the early Seventies when the first packet switched networks came into being, engineering organisations developed the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model that categorised the forerunners of the Internet into seven conceptual layers. They labelled them as follows, physical, data link, network, transport, session, presentation and application. Exactly what these organisational strata consisted of is not important. It is the idea of conceptual layers that helps to understand the point of this article. The layers did not exist. They formed a useful structure for standardising international communication protocols when you were dealing with strands of wire and zeroes and ones. In other words, they were an abstract aid for the mind. Looking at the universe as a set of conceptual layers in a similar manner helps to make sense of it all. It says somewhere that God created the universe in six days and rested on the seventh. True to form, religion takes this literally and science says its nonsense. Nonsense it might be but it makes a useful allegory. I suggest that ‘God’s days’ are not arranged serially. They are seven parallel temporal layers. I take the universe to be a self-creating system that consists notionally of six time zones in a similar manner to the old OSI model. So in the allegory, God creates six parallel time dimensions that actively participate in the universal story. The seventh day is the abstract spiritual domain that filters the ultimate output of essential meaning. The infinite participates in sensory perception for subjective consciousness to experience. Sensation is feeling and not information. This domain is timeless and eternal, a bit like a British Sunday in lock-down.

Sixes and sevens at work and at play

The conceptual layers feed into a biological organism through seven major processing units. These multidimensional computational systems correspond to the colours of the spectrum, a medium for expressing meaning along with tone. I have observed colour without light and light with colour in consciousness; they are quite different. I have sensed tone without sound, which is even odder. How else could infinite consciousness have frequency in the absence of something to vibrate? Infinite life beyond physicality must function somehow. The quality of experience is its essence, the infinite aspect we take away at game’s end. People call these processing units chakras, a term adapted from the Sanskrit for circle or wheel. They are non-physical elements of consciousness that work through the glandular and other systems. So, starting at the base, we have the physical, sexual, emotional, feeling, communication, thinking and spiritual layers. Equating these to days of the week, Sunday, the day the creator put his feet up, represents the top, passive layer. Artists of the past portrayed the circle of the crown chakra as a halo of light. Strictly speaking, the seventh layer is timeless. As microcosms of the universe, our physiology is a useful guide to the rest of creation. Galactic conceptual layers might not be the same but they will correspond somehow. It’s all consciousness after all. Planet earth embodies these layers. It does so in part through us. We are integral to the earth as a system. We belong to it, a state of affairs it must now regret. Why do we need these layers or conceptual dimensions? Because the most important aspect of time is not physical – it is subjective. The idea that time ticks away in splendid isolation from what is going on is just another naïve assumption. Your personal time is your drama in the context of the universe’s story. So the whole thing is a dream, drama, game, play, acted out in the most complex, sophisticated virtual reality simulator ever conceived. Life should be a joy but too many people bring evil into the world simply because they fear death. It need not be like this. The gift of free will could be better employed than in imposing childish rules and fighting pointless wars. As time orchestrates the story of the universe, these parallel strata represent dramatic elements that enrich the experience. Your consciousness on each level can work against the others. So for example, the sexual drive can work in opposition to the needs of the heart or the head or vice versa. The heart line is the most important of them all and is probably the least acknowledged. Some people don’t really have a heart. They gain the least from being here. Those who accumulate wealth and power for its own sake stand to gain the least of all.

The universal entity model

As previously stated, an entity is something that the universe holds information about. Everything is an aspect of a universal conceptual hierarchy. This hierarchy is top-down. That does not mean that there are no bottom-up structures. Waves of causation flow internally in all directions. When we enter this life we turn inside out and view the internal domain as external. We take up a position on the outside looking in but we perceive it as being from the inside looking out. We make distinctions such as top down, bottom up, inside and outside from our limited finite perspective. Emergence occurs when all the elements required for something to exist or happen are in place. This is opportunistic self-creation. Whether the new entities and thoughts arise by chance or through organisation is a chicken and egg situation. The transcendent aspect is paradoxical and unknowable to finite mind because we operate from separation and individuality. All time is concurrent. All things happen at once. The property of individuality is the number one. The one fixes us in time so that we can learn what we are in manageable chunks of experience. It is like a step-down transformer that unravels totality into chapters, pages and sentences. This allows you to take in the detail while the big picture remains illusive – time as a jigsaw puzzle. Your own being generates the illusion of sequence in the manner of a fictional story with you as the hero on a quest. The quest is to find your bliss, as Joseph Campbell termed it. Feeling infinite essence in the heart is a blissful experience. Science claims that time and space emerged from a big bang. We ought to look beyond that parable. There is a much greater big bang that works in cycles of narrative. Something becomes individual when the one idea behind everything touches it. There is only one number one. Each concept is unique. The one creates on the basis of archetypes and precedence. So there can be many versions of an archetypal concept as long as each manifestation differs from all others by at least one conceptual unit. Quantum physics is the working of the number one on a level where everything happens in units or quanta. There can only be one of anything. Everything that exists must be different from everything else. This enforces variety. Every thing exists at its own centre or zero or origin point (originality). The one enforces variety in everything. If a society becomes too rigid, too static and excessively repetitive, events will arise to throw it into chaos. That is what is happening now[16]. Take a simple example. A tree is a discrete entity. If you cut off a branch, it fragments from the total organism. The branch becomes an entity in its own right so a new one arises in the universal matrix. Yet the branch remains conceptually entangled with the tree for as long as they both shall live. Then it’s just a lump of carbon. Even then, it is a piece of the living universe.

Who owns us?

The hierarchy of ownership in an entity model in a quantum digital universe is not about possession. It is about the partitioning of data in the most efficient and logical manner. The planet handles your information much better than you could yourself. The entire structure starts at the top with the one unit or centre (monad) that is the entire universe. If you could look into the sparks of light that belong to an atom or a quark you would see the same unit at the bottom of the stack that gives existence to it all – alpha/omega as one. The only difference between a universe and an atom is the idea it represents. The universe is enormous! We are nothing in comparison. The earth is a backwater! WRONG! There is no universe. There are only centres. You and the universe are just ideas. By universe I do not mean the place above the atmosphere where we point our telescopes; that is just a virtual reality. The cosmos around the earth registers as a single particle in a vast grid of conceptual spaces. There is a unit at the top of the hierarchy that represents everything. If we go down the layers we get mega-structures like galactic clusters, black holes, galaxies, stars and planets. So the sun owns the information that projects the planet earth into space but not in the way we own our cars or houses. That is an illusion. The earth ‘owns’ the information that projects you, as a human being, onto the surface of the world. We are not separate from the world. We are as much a part of its system as a continent or a rock. You cannot own the sky but we think we own the earth. We think we have a right to destroy it. That is not the case. As a divine being belonging to the oneness, the earth is amazingly tolerant and loving towards us. However, if we do not mend our ways, it will be the work of a moment to remove us all from the equation. The choice is ours.   

When one dies

A human body for example contains many conceptual layers and subsystems. So the heart has a partial identity as an organ. It attracts a pseudo unit or one within the context of the circulation system. The circulation system attracts a pseudo one that identifies it as separate from the nervous system or the glandular system. Your heart belongs to a plane of consciousness that registers every heart. What happens to one affects the nature of them all. Your entire being reduces to a single unit on the level of human identity. This is more than a pseudo one; this is a complete, whole unit. This is the one spark that defines you as a person. It divides what is inside you from everything external. Death occurs when this unit leaves its station. This moment is instantaneous and irreversible. It might not happen immediately in the dying process but once it does, the body can no longer be resuscitated. Without the one unit to integrate the whole, the parts disintegrate. The body decomposes. It is just the death of the body. The unit or monad goes off to greater things if the person has contributed to the oneness. If the person has been selfish and full of hatred or negative judgement for others, they might find their destination less than savoury. After death the soul finds the level it deserves in the environment it has made for itself. But nothing lasts forever, not even eternity! Change occurs in all things and they move on to pastures new. In terms of entity modelling, the parts belong to the whole. During life, the individual belongs to many external systems: the environment of the planet, genetic relationships, and arbitrary abstractions like the family, society, economy, school, language, email, nationality, political party, etc. The many ones within a system come and go as circumstances require. The one key unit that is the individual is permanent throughout life. I think these identifying markers associate with prime numbers that uniquely correspond to that entity. In the universal conceptual matrix, this is the repository of your personal experience. Its value is probably massive beyond belief to a finite mind. We are just numbers after all. I do not know how that relationship works out in the long term. It might end with the incarnation. It is certainly your entry point into existence when you conceive as an embryo.

I had a dream….

It is the early hours of the morning of 25 August 2020 and I have just awoken from a dream. In the dream, my wife’s granddaughter Faith was playing with a small piece of paper torn from a notebook. She gave it to me to look at. There was a small gold/brown sticker, smaller than a fingernail, at the top of the sheet reminiscent of a tiny pill tab. I touched the gold protrusion and I felt an infinite space spring into existence, overlapping with my own. I took my finger off and it went away. I touched it again and there it was. I could feel a new space opening and then closing each time. I could not identify how one state differed from the other but I could feel it switching on and off. Knowing that we share our space with that of every object is one thing, feeling it is quite another. Each part of the universe contributes its meaning to the combined essence of the whole. I think the effect is too subtle to identify consciously but nevertheless, we feel it on some more subtle level. I think we sense far more of what is around us than we ever consciously know. Perhaps that is why the end seat is always more popular on a train. Why the presence of strangers can make us feel uncomfortable. Certainly the planetary motions in the solar system must influence us, especially the daily passage of the moon. The essential meaning contributed to the solar system by a planet must be of some significance in the natural order. Astronomers generally are incensed by the idea of astrology. If the entanglement of two electrons can get scientists fired up with enthusiasm, how can they deny the possibility of entanglement between massive objects in space? Humanity has lived long enough with the absence of oneness or love in the workings of its hive mind. One small shift of thinking could transform this world to a living paradise. It might not solve all the problems but it might encourage a collective willingness to try.

Making Time

How can we ever be late for something? Everything happens in time. On the quantum level, it seems that time measures out in miniscule units based on Planck’s constant. The smallest meaningful time period is 5.39 x 10-44 seconds in duration. Whether this is the actual scale of universal time is debatable but it is probably the right order of magnitude[17]. To me, it feels valid to think of time as being like the frames of a movie; tiny fragments of existence strung out in a line, too small to register or even measure. Nothing moves within a fragment but everything relocates between them on the basis of mathematical computations. As a living being you are not the moments of physical existence because that is the province of the number one. The one is but you are not the one. You are the flow of movement between the frames. You are a mathematical equation, a differential, an idea, nothing more. The best way we can understand how this works is to look at the mathematics behind the most advanced computer generated imaging systems (CGI) and digital game processors. The mathematics that renders natural-looking reflections from water is amongst the most sophisticated used today. You can only move through time and space as you do because you are an integrated entity, a unit of being rather than a collection of parts. The planet projects you where you need to be in time and space on the basis of a sophisticated information system. Time is relative to what it happening, to a cellularly organised stream of conceptually layered calculations of who, what, where, when, why and how. The story of the universe is similarly organised into conceptual themes and events resonating across time through planes of consciousness. When you move your body from one place to another, you are totally unaware of the vast number of calculations that occur to organise your atoms and cells. You just go and the universe does the rest. It would be so inconvenient if parts of your body wandered off in the wrong direction. It is wonderful how the top down entity model of everything maintains continuity. You are the ghost in the machine.

Nothing exists therefore everything is possible

Active consciousness, the domain of dark dots in infinite spaces of light, draws on the unfolding dreams of the universal unconscious mind and fashions them into stories. Everything belongs to a story. The dance of the planets, the turmoil of galaxies, the days of our lives, are all just stories working out. Time is not linear; it just appears to be. Time is circular. But on the tangent of present time we see the illusory past that justifies where and what we are now – like the big bang theory. None of it may be true. In the other direction we sense a set of possibilities of things that might come to pass. All that really exists is the present moment that does not require justification. It just is. The present moment is a three-dimensional slice, a physical distribution of matter like the static frame of a movie. This is the level of absolute being. Between fragments of time, mathematical computations take place that result in every object, every atom, and every thing choosing a new location that takes into account that state of everything else. As beings, we are the movement of change that passes through to animate the film. The perturbations that arise from these interconnections produce the uncertainty principle. This process reflects in the actions of our lives, here and on other linked worlds and dimensions. Every action you take on earth affects every action taken throughout space and time. On the Planck scale, these moments of decision are so small and so fast that a second is an eternity. In a universe of centres each part is the whole so the activities of the implicate order, total entanglement, are instantaneous and all pervasive.

Ford Perfect

Let us imagine that we are surrounded by water that represents the flow of intermingled stories, personal and universal (the same thing). There are currents of events and situations that play out themes great and small. We’ve had movements like the industrial revolution, communism, democracy (a complete fallacy in this world of party politics), capitalism and now virtual relationships on digital media. Now we are into social engineering and behavioural modification, to what end we do not know. It is consciousness trying out ideas and experimenting with human nature. We who are on the receiving end are tested and strengthened in our infinite essence but unfortunately not on this level of physical existence. Now we are being taught the value of freedom by having it stripped away. Look at how many things we took for granted that we can no longer do. Insensitive authority tells us where to walk, what to wear and what to do. If, in the duality of opposites, this does not teach us the value of freedom, then nothing will. We cross these streams using stepping-stones of time, where each step is another version of now. There is a timeless state where we take stock of where we are. This is where we balance on the current stone and look around for the next step to take. The stones represent different possible options for the next moment. We choose, we jump and we land. All the stones we saw in the last moment have gone to be replaced by a different set of possibilities. Each stone is a new version of the entire universe. There is an element of chance based on ignorance rather than genuine randomness. Everybody else is jumping at the same time and this alters everything for us all. Invisible ropes join us together. When one person leaps somewhere totally new they drag everybody with them. There are key places we must visit. Nothing can change that. You are alone in your universe. The people you think you know are alone in theirs. They share information with you. You use it to create your version of them. That is why we behave differently with different people. We inhabit each other’s spaces as proxies, caricatures of our true selves. This is the great test of oneness. We get the versions of each other that we need to reveal our own essential natures to ourselves. What larks!

Got a light?

Every thing, every part, every object is a total universe. There is no time like the present. By the time it arrives it has already happened. Today is yesterday forgotten and tomorrow recalled. We are just living out a memory. There is no separate universe that contains all the parts like an empty box. There is only one being. It gives you existence but it is not you. There is one mind and we all use it. We do not have thoughts. They have us. Thinking is an overrated pastime. I knew very little of all this until I learned not to think. You are not the one being. You are not even the idea you represent. You are transcendent and unknowable. You are an answer looking for its question. The universe inhales the present and breathes out the future. Each moment exudes an array of universes, one for each possibility open to pursuit as valid experience. So between one moment and the next, an atom may be in untold locations near and far (superposition). You are the light of consciousness that touches a particle of time, becomes everything and then moves on to the next moment. You cannot die because you were never alive. Only the one is alive. You are the idea of change. The universe that each atom or person belongs to is not really outside; it is inside. Consciousness explores the consequences of every choice and decision. It is organised chaos. You inhabit many universes at the same time. After death, you draw the threads together. Life does not change you into something different. It reveals what you already are. In the end, all learning is about the properties of the one, especially love. Your story is not a minor incident in the history of everything. It is the universal story. The universe seeks to know itself through you. The infinite makes sense of it all and the one makes light of it, so don’t take it too seriously. It’s just smoke and mirrors.


[1] When we knowingly tell a lie to somebody, we experience the physiological stress that triggers an output on a lie detector. We cannot separate the information content of thinking from the meaning it represents. Truth is not just a convenience; it is fundamental to communication and thinking. It is because consciousness transcends mere brain function that lying is not trivial.

[2] The implication of this is that there is no universe, only centres. What we perceive as the universe is a virtual reality construction projected from a set of information processors located in the body on a parallel dimension. Information is literally centres or points ‘in formation’.

[3] The complexity of society is expanding exponentially. If humanity finds and maintains a spiritual balance in all this, it could turn out to be positive. If we simply wire our heads to artificial intelligence and leave our hearts to atrophy in a state of fear and unreality, we will lose our way in the greater scheme of things. There should be more to life than nueral stimulation. If not, then nature will step in to bring us back into line and that could be painful.

[4] At one time this meant people we met. Nowadays it is more likely to be those we text or email. It can even mean people you think about. We now have the phenomenon of celebrity. These are one-way transactions and as such are trivial.

[5] You might call this trans-dimensional resonance through planes of consciousness.

[6] Originally a field meant an open area of cultivated flat land, hence a plane.

[7] The belief of some people in racial superiority is a symptom of a spiritually immaturity.

[8] Consciousness here is your entire being, not just your eyes and brain.

[9] Strictly speaking, not a pulse but a quantisation into fragments of time relating to the Planck scale and the speed of light.

[10] Many would say ‘so what?’ They think that the spiritual aspect of life is worthless. Money is ephemeral. Love is eternal.

[11] We could say that the conception of any idea into particular form when the one merges with the zero is immaculate. It is how a new form or system takes up its place in the universal conceptual network. In the case of a human baby, the sperm and the egg are just elements of the story that organises the opportunity. All conception is immaculate on the implicate level. It is only the explicate circumstances that might seem less than ideal in the absence of love. Even with love, the Church wanted to promote the idea of sex as sin. They had a lucrative trade going in selling absolution.  You might say it was a ‘guilt-edged’ investment until the Protestant movement arose.

[12] Here the process can be opportunistic and pragmatic. It is rather like selling a property where one buyer might change their mind and another take up the option. The intervention of higher beings is always a possibility. Only the one unit has insight into everything.

[13] I might even suggest that competing versions of the future reach out.

[14] There is only one hydrogen atom but the property of time allows it to manifest in infinite situations.

[15] By universe I do not mean the space-time continuum we inhabit. That is a virtual reality illusion. I mean everything that is on all dimensions and levels of organization and meaning.

[16] Forget the explicate reasons, look at the implicate requirements for our lives to change. If we do not turn towards the spiritual life we will destroy ourselves. By spiritual I do not mean religion. Organised religion has long been a part of the problem. If we do not abandon dogma, the earth will not survive. People would willingly destroy us all and themselves to promote or defend it.

[17] All quantum phenomena are manifestations and activities of the one unit, the number one. There corresponds a dimension outside of time where everything exists in waves of sound and light. A photon is simply a fragment of a light wave caught in a pulse of time like a dancer in a strobe. 

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