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It is possible to see time itself as consciousness; to see the physical & mental as the spatial & temporal. One must realize there is no real difference between the two; the mental-temporal reality is merely the four dimensional superposition of all the physical-spatial realities. Think of your body at any given moment. Your ego is the quantum physical Observer of this world. The rest of your consciousness is an interference pattern connecting all of your other past (memory) and future (imagination) ego-states to this one you are experiencing. All of these ego-states are equally real all the time, simultaneously existing inside a four dimensional superposition or "qwiff" which is your spirit.

                Dr. Fred Alan Wolf explains it like this in his book Star Wave:

                Quantum mechanical laws are applicable to our minds as well as our bodies, because our minds are parallel natural worlds to this one. Now, why is there any division between the mental world and the physical world? The answer is "phase harmony". The mental worlds are actually occuring now. What you think here is happening there. The forms of physical reality we experience are not unique. They are formed from harmonies of other parallel realities. This physical existence is just one of many mental existences. It would be better to think of consciousness as capable of being represented on many parallel reality planes. This existence is composed of certain planes in resonance, and these in turn divide into physical and mental existence for each seperate plane.

                Thus do we see that time does not really exist; it is only the field of consciousness interacting with itself, self-referentially, to collapse the wave function of all possible realities into a single Observed state of being.

                In Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse uses the analogy of the river to explain this view of reality. He sees the world as a river flowing from the past into the future, in which the individual physical drops of water flow as waves to form the reality of life's dual nature...

                "...the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere, and the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past, nor the shadow of the future."

                He carries this further to explain how we in fact perceive the illusion of time subjectively, as the aging process...

                "...I reviewed my life and it was also a river, and Siddhartha the boy, Siddhartha the old man, were only seperated by shadows, not through reality. Siddhartha's previous lives were also not in the past, and his death and return to Brahma are not in the future. Nothing was, nothing will be, everything has reality and presence."

                Wolf echoes this expression when he describes how parallel worlds are experienced by conscious Observers:

                A typical example of how parallel worlds enter human evolution is exhibited by the growth of a child. Both the child and the adult who grew from that child "live" on parallel mental levels. These levels exist side by side but are experienced as past and present by the adult and as present and future by the child. Actually both are alive in parallel universes that do not overlap or extend into each other. In each physical world the other persona is mental.

                Another excellent example of this theory is given in the film 2010:The year we make contact. At the end of the previous film in the series, 2001: A space odyssey, Dave the astronaut evolves "up" one dimension via the monolith, transforming him from a three into a four dimensional entity. Thus, when Dave returns to our plane of reality in 2010, he is constantly changing his physical form; one minute he is a young man, the next he is middle aged, then he is again his newly evolved Starchild self, etc. All of these alternate views are the result of our perceptual rotations around one superpositioned, fluctuating wave state.

              David Bohm, a pioneer of quantum theory, suggested that the universe is made up of two orders of existence: the enfolded, or potential; and the unfolded, or actual. The enfolded order is Nameless, an infinite superposition of all possible manifestations. The unfolded order is the physically present, observable world. Looking at the universe as a single organism, the unfolded order is its body while the enfolded order is its soul. This soul is "God". All the Consciousness in the Universe superpositioned as one Observer unfolds the physical out of the potential. We conscious beings are to God as neurons are to a conscious being- the living matter through which self awareness and the illusion of time arises. Therefore God, the Nameless, is the qwiff or soul of the physical universe, and our collective consciousness is its mind. Again using the analogy of the river, Hesse describes it:

                Siddhartha listened. He had often heard all this before, all these numerous voices of the river, but today they sounded different. He could no longer distinguish the different voices- the merry voice from the weeping voice, the childish voice from the manly voice. They all belonged to each other: the lament of those who yearn, the laughter of the wise, the cry of indignation and the groan of the dying. They were all interwoven and interlocked, entwined in a thousand ways. And all the voices, goals, yearnings, sorrows, pleasures, all the good and evil, all of them together was the world. All of them together was the stream of events, the music of life. When Siddhartha listened attentively to this river, to this song of a thousand voices; when he did not listen to the sorrow or laughter, when he did not bind his soul to any one particular voice, but heard them all, the whole, the unity; then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word: Om- perfection.

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Comment by SwanRa on January 16, 2012 at 6:17pm

Steve really think you should publish this. You are a very good writer - Perhaps do something similar with each of Hesse's book....Just a our sound bite world few are sitting down to actually read books like this anymore. But writing and drawing some modern day inferences as you have done above may entice a fresh audience to buy his all his books for indepth reading.

You might even find out now who holds his domain name - who is publishing his works now - how many are being sold in the US and abroad.....and create a marketing package for an agent to use to negotiate with the publisher who may have certain rights you would have to get waived. Anyway a series some one like Parabola may be interested. Since I have been in Western MA (California transplant three years ago) you are the only person I now aside from me that reads Parabola. Anyway I am an idea person and got flooded with lots of tangents where you could take your work and even add in their the Jung pieces as an intro to each book or something....

Any way I see lots of possibilities - I hope you do!!

Comment by SwanRa on January 16, 2012 at 5:24pm

Thank you dearest heart so very much for your scholarship. I am very honored that you dedicated this excellence to me. You are an excellent writer and pull together facts and quotes to eloquently make your points. As I wrote to you I am way grateful that you reminded me of Hesse when I was doing a review of where I am now and how I got here!!

I did read all those books years ago....but as I told you I had picked up SIddhartha only days earlier (all my books are in storage in California) and magically it was there when inspired by you from your Jung blog.

I had forgotten Hesse's influence on me concerning the River. I was so hurt and shamed as a child because I could see things and hear things others did not.  I did not know that other people did not see flower devas or ELVES or an old lady rocking in a chair. (but that is another story). He motivated me to explore at that time called paranormal studies....actually it is normal.

Like you I have studied consciousness and the brain and physics (just the stuff that has been translated to a PBS version.  have to admit I do understand Chaos Theory  but that is another story as to why.)

I work with Cosmic Memory - starting with Sirius and Le Mu RIa - the River of the Muses and different cultures to excavate when things got twisted.

My personal work has been following the flow of the River.....I am a water person and water has memory....being a highly developed empath - I can get overwhelmed easily as I pick up on so much. I have had to learn to manage this as there are times when I am experiencing certain moods and I realize they are not mine.

As  to  where we connect to God aside from our heart and neurons,etc, I have been doing a lot of study into Telomeres (caps at the end of the Two DNA strands. ) But that is another story!!

You quoted in your closing paragraph my favorite and heavily underlined passage in Siddhartha especially: When Siddhartha listened attentively to this river, to this song of a thousand voices; when he did not listen to the sorrow or laughter, when he did not bind his soul to any one particular voice, but heard them all, the whole, the unity; then the great song of a thousand voices consisted of one word: Om- perfection. 

One of my books is called the 6th Element - how we are a synergy of the five elements and are meant to be in the 666 energy (yeah of course this got twisted!!) : the three levels of the 6th chakra - Feminine: detachment - Masculine: objectivity and the I AM Essence: Neutral Witness. This is the sacred marriage some call the Heiros Gamos or birthing of Horus. Then the senses and imagination are calibrated in the NOW energy and we create the future of our dreams as we are steering our own wheel of fortune.   We become the Tree of Life.

I send you light and the romance of the River.

Comment by ancestralblue on January 15, 2012 at 10:20am

Been waiting for one of your blogs...

  Always thought provoking...Thanks!

Comment by Sunmover on January 15, 2012 at 9:54am

 Your ego is the quantum physical Observer of this world. The rest of your consciousness is an interference pattern connecting all of your other past (memory) and future (imagination) ego-states to this one you are experiencing.

With that said and =when understood- we can all turn the lights on and go home now!

Comment by Ommi on January 15, 2012 at 5:33am

like the post steve...........Siddhartha was one of the most enjoyable books that i have read..........

the hindus proclaim that everything is an illusion(maya)...why? because creation is in a perpetual state of flux(change) moment something appears as one thing the next it is transforming into something else...... then what is real? .......only the absolutely still centre within...... the Self.....the witness....pure spirit...this is not a personal enlightenment..there is no such thing...this is the experience  prized above all others by yogis and gurus  ...above all the heavens of all the chakras....this is the experience of the ocean of consciousness that is in everything and everything is in it.......Nirvana........OM

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