When the compass spins.

  • January 23rd, 2012

    SUPPOSE THIS IS A DOOR TO ANOTHER WORLD … WOULD YOU STEP THROUGH?

    Ever have that feeling that a passage to another world hovers just beneath your nose? Ever wonder if the image in the mirror might be the larger you, and that you might be nothing more than a thin reflection of limited dimension?

    In this city there are endless windows, ajar doors, stairways and passages that prompt my curiosity. Sometimes it seems that they might lead to some alternate reality, a world curled up inside our own. As early as childhood, stories like C.S. Lewis’ Narnia Chronicles had a ring to them that drew in my young mind. There’s something about the notion of portals to other worlds that intrigues me, be they a wardrobe or a painting hung on wall. 

    A GOLDEN CITY? MAYBE … BUT THE ROAD BETWEEN HERE AND THERE IS OBSCURED.

    In the last 100 or so years, the possibility of multiple realities existing in parallel or perhaps overlapping with our own have begun to be posited and considered by those most abstract of scientific thinkers, physicists. Quantum theory and Superstring theory seem to insist on the likelihood that there is far more to this universe than we can perceive, let alone understand.  In fact, Superstring theory insists on at least 11 dimensions, and suggests that we exist not in a universe but a multiverse. But all we have are mathematical formulae to prove these notions. It’s not science. For the moment it’s only philosophy.

    A MAP IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. WHO WILL TRANSLATE?

    So where do we go? Human perception is limited to the senses. Those five collaborators, tricksters, lead us just close enough to hear but not see the gate clang shut to another world. We always seem to be close to uncovering the fabric of the universe, only to be told that yet another, deeper reality exists. And these realities, if they exist, are so subtle as to be imperceptible.

    THE GATES ARE CLOSED. AND OUR LIMITED SENSES DON’T HOLD THE KEY. WHERE NEXT?

    Perhaps the way is barred because we’re not ready. Perhaps we are too infatuated with our senses, their constant need for stimulation to allow ourselves to go where we could and should. The first of the seven principles in Hermetic philosophy is that everything is consciousness, and that material reality is a byproduct of a consciousness, not the other way around.

    If that is so—and I’ll concede that’s no small if—then perhaps it’s not surprising we can’t yet reason our way to the truth of our universe. So what if we opened up a little more space for our imagination? Would this result in wasteful wishful thinking? Delusion?

    ARE WE LOOKING THROUGH TO NOTHING MORE THAN A PLEASANT ILLUSION?

    Not necessarily. Isn’t it “reasonable” that we should use our imaginations more? The strength of our great minds is their ability to imagine not just observe. We are not simply recording devices. We are interpreting devices. We have the capacity to reason. We also have the capacity to feel. Using one without the other, we might amputate ourselves from a new dimension of understanding.

    Let’s use all our faculties, imagination and reason, to voyage to a place where we could experience a new reality. But even then it still won’t be simple, because we’ll need one more thing to step through … the courage to proceed.

    What do you think? 

    IMAGINATION CAN HELP US NAVIGATE THROUGH SPACE AND TIME.
    COURAGE WILL BE NEEDED TO TRAVEL THERE.

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