The Magick of Science (Week 9, Chapter 7)

  • Thanks for your patience, friends, while I've been on hiatus! Here are my notes and prompts for Chapter 7, Lesson 3!

The Magick of Science

This chapter started out being a little boring to me, but then I got hooked quickly. After reading it, I think I understand more how and why mediumship works, at least in my brain.

One time, when I was still doing regular medium work, a client asked me how I could know what his house looked like, how I could describe the layout, the lighting, and could see him bending down to pick up a piece of paper in the hallway.
I tried to explain how I gathered that information. So, like, how you know it feels when you hone in on a memory from your childhood and, for the vivid ones, you can actually describe things in the scene that you probably didn't even realize you remember? Like, I remember family dinners at home, when I was a kid. But I also remember the hutch that held office supplies in the dining room. I remember the brass handles on the drawers, the sound the drawers made when you opened them, the smell of the weathered wood.
Then, I ask my subconscious to "remember" something for my client, specifically something significant to them or a relative who has passed, something that would mean something to him. I pretend I AM the client, and I try to remember their past, or what happened just yesterday for them. Then I just describe what I see. The amazing thing? More often than not, it's accurate!
  • Science and spirit used to be a single discipline, but separated in Western culture.
  • Previous scientific paradigm described the universe in two groups: particles and waves.
  • Particles held a position, waves had momentum.
  • Results of experiments with subatomic particles didn't fit this model.
  • Observing a particle or a wave changes the other (Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle).
  • The observer affects the experiment.
  • Karl Pribram concluded that memories were not stored in specific areas in the brain.

The Hologram

  • A 3D sculpture of light.
  • Created by splitting a laser beam.
  • The patterns created by two beams of energy can hold 3D information.
  • And each piece of the pattern contains all the information needed to recreate the image.
  • Our memories are recorded holographically.
  • So, different parts of our brain may retain only a "piece" of the memory, but the entire memory is still retained.
  • This may be why amputees can "remember" the sensation of lost limbs.
  • Pribram concluded that our perceived outer reality is actually occurring internally.
  • So, the way we perceive the world may only be an internal manifestation -- Matrix anyone??

Fields of Consciousness

  • 1952 (uncontrolled) study of Japanese monkeys who learned how to wash potatoes, then seemingly shared this knowledge subconsciously with a population of monkeys separated by a body of water (Lyall Watson, Lifetide)
  • Note Sheldrake's theory of morphogenetic fields, low-energy fields that contain a cumulative collective memory of a species (Jung's collective consciousness).
  • DNA acts as the "antenna" to pick up on this field.

The Holographic Universe

  • Bohm's controversial theory that the universe is, essentially, a hologram, and there is a hidden "truer" reality.
  • Mystics from the east always called the world "maya," or "illusion."
  • We believe our bodies to be solid, because that is how we've learned to perceive them. In reality, it's just energy, an illusion.
  • New models that may replace quantum physics still trend toward "wholeness."
  • The most primitive symbol of the hologram (an interference pattern) is the "eye" or "fish" shape: The Vesica Pisces, or "Eye of God."
  • The ancients may have understood the pattern far better than we do.

Prompt & Exercise

  1. Continue to work with instant magick, asking your intuition questions, and journaling answers.
  2. Imagine your body as being only energy (not a solid mass). What does it feel like? What color is it? What shape does it hold?