Act 1 - A Brief Exercise in a Science of Meaning
19th Century Gentleman Scientist
2. Felix the Perfect Helix
3. An Introduction to the Metabolism of Time
19th Century Gentleman Scientist
and lyrical tongue,
You humiliate me with a whisper.
Languishing in a tar pit of boiling opium madness
You lacerate my mind with your ambivalent transience.
sex and starvation,
Mutability and catalysis,
I vomit enzymes from my mouth.
I want to rip out of this, and fly,
A double headed serpent, into the clouds,
Then, forced through double slits,
To become twin universes,
And saturate the physics department with poiesis.
I wear quantum
mechanics on a headband,
Secret tattoos on my body reveal pythagorical equations.
I wave like sine through existence,
A flitting, shifting possibility of c,
Zero pointed energy,
Dancing with chaos theory dreams.
I feel infinite,
I feel like a concept,
No more myself, but definitely me.
I am scattered, diffracted, refracted
And focused into pure poetry.
in this book is true.
Nothing in this book is even accurate.
We understand our readers will have acquired some knowledge of our universe already. You all know what gravity is, what energy is, and hopefully you have some simple biology, in that you are familiar with the basic concepts of cell biology and genetics. You are certainly familiar with typical religious concepts, for example, that God is big. Maybe you think you know how people think; maybe some of you think you know how some people think. Maybe some of you dont know anything about these things at all.
If you dont know anything, stop reading this.
As you read this discourse we will attempt to communicate our philosophy to you, although bear in mind that it is not more fulfilling, desirable, or even in any way different from any other. It is only a philosophical perspective.
Although some of the concepts we will be discussing may be unfamiliar to you, in this elementary treatise it may not be possible to indulge in lengthy explanations of certain topics so you might find it necessary to do some simple reading around the subject. We apologise for this but we will not be able to go into a lengthy discussion about the exact scientific nature of some of the examples well be making, there is neither the space nor the inclination, if you understand what we mean.
The treatise you are about to read is a massive summary of different ideas, some from ancient theories, some from quite modern sources, and throughout the different chapters many different metaphors and arrangements of metaphor are used in an effort to explain this particular facet of the idea of Cellular Consciousness although most of the text is based on a concept found on the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, an alchemical pillar.
As above, so below
There are many analogies in this world and almost all of them will fail if you push them too hard. The sources we have quoted from are merely there so various readers can stroke their chins, smile and remark to other people
I now know something that you dont know.
The text is divided into four sections, A Brief Exercise in a Science of Meaning, A Book of Fantastic Lies, Conflux the Zeitgeist and finally Interactive Theatre and Strategic Drama.
In the first Act we will introduce the reader to some of the concepts involved in understanding this work completely such as the Cell and DNA, the Holy Qabalah and various titbits of eastern mysticism. Some of these ideas may seem rather obvious to various readers but it is important to go over them before we can continue. We outline some of the basic facts of our existence touching on many psychological and religious ideas as dictated by science, logic and common sense and go on to introduce the idea of Cellular Consciousness and the Metabolism of Time. This Brief Exercise introduces the central model of the essay, ´Felix the Perfect Helix`, upon which all the other ideas and metaphors will be based.
The second Act details how differences in the personality and mood of various people could arise from over or under emphasis in certain parts of their own Metabolism of Time, how it is possible to detect these strengths and weaknesses by observing different people, and the correspondences which occur with this model, both cellular and physiological, qabalistic and psychological. The Book of Fantastic Lies is shown from the perspective of an Ignorant Genius as he examines the findings of his own research and discusses it with his associates, the other inhabitants along the banks of the Rivers of Time.
In Act 3, Conflux the Zeitgeist, we expand upon the social and metaphysics of the second section, resolving the difficult questions of change, time, death and conflict and indicating their necessity in the continuation of existence, or being, itself. In this third act we look at the idea of the Masque and also begin to examine the motives of various different Master Players in the Conflux of Social Physics and their struggle for the predominant resource in this Conflux, the basic unit of meaning.
Interactive Theatre and Strategic Drama, the fourth and final Act of our discourse is an active philosophy and practical discipline for the world of social physics built upon the theory presented in the first three sections. It is not as detailed as it might be but there are concepts there for the beginner to improve upon. We will attempt to equip the reader with the powerful mental techniques of the more advanced Master Players, a form of social martial art, and also seek to impose the morality of the Interactive Theatre. It is unwise to read this section before completely understanding the first three.
The Cell is the discrete unit of life itself, all life is composed of cells, from single celled bacteria to complex multi-cellular life forms such as the praying mantis, the jellyfish and the human being. There are differences between the structure and internal workings of prokaryotic (bacterial/single) cells and eukaryotic (multi-cellular) cells, but for our purposes, as the human beings we are representing, we will focus only upon the latter. As we stand here in this world we must remember that we are not only responsible for Jack or Harry or whatever, but we are in fact responsible for, or even the President of, a highly complicated community of individual beings all working together to survive. Unless we communicate with our voters and find out what the problems are within this society, how we can become more productive and efficient, how we can combat the threats to it, both within and without, we could potentially lose control and this society could collapse.
Each eukaryotic cell is bounded by two membranes, the outer and the inner, which serve as a double wall of protection and filter, in order to preserve the inner contents of the cell, the Cytosol, from the various free floating components found amongst the interstitial fluid. The cytosol is a water-based medium that contains all the essential components of cellular function, referred to as the organelles, and the nucleus, which contains all the genetic information in the form of chromosomes. Amongst the organelles are structures such as the endoplasmic reticuluum, mitochondria, lysosomes, and the Golgi apparatus, these cellular mechanisms providing and assisting each individual cell in its own metabolism, regulation and defence.
Helix of DNA
The nucleus, which resides in the cytosol of each cell, is a membrane bound structure that contains the entire DNA. DNA is a double helical molecular structure which contains all the information the cell requires to stay alive, i.e. how to use food and fuel, how to construct proteins for the repairs of cell organelles, how to produce hormones which the cell can export to affect the function of other cells. It is coiled and spooled into structures called chromosomes, of which there are 46, and although each cell contains the entire DNA of the organism, they each serve a different purpose within the whole organism and therefore only express a portion of the DNA contained within the nucleus. We can say that if we were to refer the cell to a body, and this in fact is what we will continue to do throughout the text, the nucleus is similar to the brain, the organelles to the various organs, the bones to the actin skeleton and the cellular membrane to the skin.
The Yin Yang
By now you are probably all familiar with this symbol, perhaps recognising it as a symbol of balance or universal harmony, or maybe even the eternal conflict between and mutual influence of the opposites, an icon of the dualistic truth of our reality, the mutual dependence of the subjective and the objective, the masculine and the feminine. The Yin force is technically the passive force and is attributed a feminine quality and the Yang force is active and therefore attributed to the male. This symbol is virtually perfect as an expression of the truth of our reality because it contains within it so many of the ideas that are essential to advanced metaphysics; chaos, singularity, the balance between negative and positive forces and the perpetual swirl. If one were to put this symbol in three dimensions the constant twirling of the yin and the yang would create a pattern similar to that of DNA.
In the metabolism of the cell we can see a similarity between the basic message of this symbol and the process of glycolysis and Krebs; in order to fuel the cell, the fuel molecule, glucose, is propelled through a series of whirling chemical changes which produce positive and negative forces (protons and electrons) which contribute towards maintaining a stable energy source in the form of another molecule adenine triphosphate.
The Mandala is a Buddhist symbol painting whose idea is that although the truth cannot be written down or explained through the use of words, it can be explained through the use of pictures or images. There are essentially two Mandalas (large tapestries depicting the truth of the universe), the Womb pattern and the Diamond pattern, which reflect the external environment and the internal respectively. Each environment is expressed through the use of many Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who are sitting upon lotus petals, communicating with the Buddhas around them. The tapestries are enigmatic as they seem to capture the idea of many subconscious selves making up the self in the Diamond pattern (how are bodies and brains are constructed from individual cells) and liken each individual to a cell within the body of the whole in the Womb pattern. From the way the Buddhas are interacting with the other Buddhas around them, it is possible to interpret many ideas on social, psychological and spiritual models. Buddha nature, everyone is Buddha, everyone contains all the DNA in their cells which go to make up all the individual cells of the body.
The Tree of Life
The Qabalah is an ancient Jewish philosophical system and religious belief apparently founded upon an amalgamation of the ideas of the Gnostics and the Neoplatonists and the basis of it is a DNA like diagram known as the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is constructed out of the ten emanations of God known as the Sephiroth, each Sephira referring to a kind of universal concept such as splendour, glory, justice or understanding and almost serves as a map of ones own mind, although unfortunately some of the language used is now out dated. The way a Qabalist manipulates the spiritual concepts of the Sephiroth could be likened to the way in which a scientist manipulates the material concepts like matter, energy, charge and gravitation; in fact the Tree of Life is based on a purely mathematical conception of the universe from whence everything else is then derived. However the Sephiroth relate very accurately to the human anatomy, and since the thoughts of the brain are the display of the needs of that anatomy, what the Tree really does is simulate, in diagrammatic form, what is actually going on within your own brain. Since all the human ideas there have ever been have come from out of the brain, knowing ones own brain is like connecting to the same general consciousness of the entire race (that is we have the same parts in our brain, i.e. speech centres and memory centres) and if the link in DNA takes us one step further, then to all Life itself.
The Tree of Life, and its accompanying pathways between the Sephiroth, can also be used as a tool of divination and as the basis of a system of numerology known as Gematria, amongst many other interesting things. It must be remembered, however, that the Tree of Life is only a human elucidation of what is a very complex, and yet simple, mechanism of life designed by itself to preserve the process of consciousness, perception, desire and continuity. There are some areas of the Tree where the interpretation is a little incorrect based as it is on religious dogma from the beginnings of time and not on modern scientific breakthroughs, but generally the theories are sound and lead in the right direction. Any learned Qabalist that happens to chance upon this document will note these areas where we disagree but for the average inquisitive reader who may want to check these changes out for themselves, they may, by all means, read the Qabalah.
Felix the Perfect Helix
Is the Lord amongst us or not? (Exodus. 17:7)
´No One I think is In My Tree.´(Strawberry Fields, the Beatles)
In the bible it says that God is in Everything in the Universe and that God created the Universe. If we understand the Universe to be all manifested existence, on all planes, on all scales, throughout the different dimensions, then we must understand that God is both everything that can ever be and something that transcends even that.
We use the expression God in a non-religious way, in order to indicate some all-pervasive being, and we do not intend for any Christian, Hindu, Jewish or any other theological interpretations to be drawn. We use this word in order to start the reader thinking along the type of lines we will be discussing. God is in everything, God created everything and God made man in his own image because he is part of that everything.
A Stick Man
This diagram if it were actually represented in physical existence would be a human being, full of organs, tissue, bone, personality, memory, hormones and nerves. All of these things would be constructed out of the previous diagram of the cell. All human beings are made entirely out of cells, apart from the various fluids, mainly water, that flow through the blood vessels and spaces between the cells. In fact the Tao Te Jing, a Chinese classic protests that all human society functions very much like water, ripples in our consciousness spreading from where the philosophical and political stones are thrown in, tidal economies, etceteras, the analogies are endless, but life is certainly composed of living, mobile, perceptive, adaptive tiny bags of water with molecular springs inside them.
A cell reacts to a set of stimuli and gives a certain response, as does our personality. If someone asks you how you are, you nominally reply with, I am fine. The social conditioning we experience while young and the biological instinct from our DNA are the programs that set our responses to certain inputs, for example a car speeds up to you and you dive out of the way, holding the door open for people to be polite, or the temperature increases and you begin to sweat. Some people challenge this programming with varied degrees of success and failure.
Most of our bodily functions operate subconsciously, that is, we do not consciously activate things such as blinking, sweating or digestion, they are medullar functions controlled by the subconscious part of the brain (from Medulla, the part of our brain that controls subconscious activity).
If we want to wink however, we can do it when we like.
Deeper than this the function of every cell is guided by the DNA present in the centre of that cell. The brain, upon analysis, seems to be the collective consciousness of all these cells, working together to survive. As the DNA controls each cell, working in cooperation with the other cells of the body, so the brain is the DNA containing nucleus of the body. Or to put it another way, each cell is a tiny little body.
Make yourself plural.
A better diagram than the stick man would perhaps be
Felix the Perfect Helix
When prompted by stimuli, in the form of messenger (DNA binding) proteins, the DNA responds by unwinding the helix, producing an exact mirror of the section of it which has been activated by the demand, which then goes on to mirror itself into the reply protein which is needed. Since the DNA is perpetually being stimulated (the metabolism of the cell is reasonably continuous), to continuously produce a variety of different proteins, all of which are essential for the health of the cell, it does not really exist in the fixed double helical shape which we understand it as, but more as some form of molecular flux around that shape. The double helix is merely the perfect mathematical description of a process that probably mirrors it exactly for a very short amount of time. Genes that are switched off, or sleeping genes if you like, retain the shape of the double helix.
The DNA within the Nucleus
within the Sphere of his Physical Influence;
The Primary Sphere
The Cytosol and the Organelles exist to assist in the metabolism of the cell and the filtering of messages, in the form of signal and reply proteins, to and back from the nucleolus, as well as serving many other independent functions of their own. If a cell is not stimulated, fed, etceteras, it will shrivel up and die, or its function will grow confused and inactive.
In this diagram we can see Felix within the sphere of his physical influence, sphere 1 which shows the limit of the physical power, i.e. how far your arms and legs reach and slightly indicative of that cloud of scent that hangs in the air around your body. This is very much like the famous diagram of Leonardo da Vinci, which shows man in his circle extending his arms and legs to their very limits. This sphere is in turn encased within the sphere of perception, sphere 2, or the extent to which your perceptions, sight, hearing, smell, etceteras, stretch.
We believe in the theory of evolution and hereditary influence, we believe in genetics, and by this belief we understand that the extent to which the perceptions and the physical influence reach, is one of the original conditions of our initial physiology that is determined by our DNA. In that sense the extent and clarity of the first and second spheres are causally related with the nature of Felix himself.
At this point, we would also like to indicate that although we believe nurture has a definite influence on the development of any given personality, we assume that since the parents give most of the conditioning, this nurture is also genetic to some extent. The father teaches the child to represent his genes as the mother teaches the child to represent hers. For a child who is not raised by their natural parents, then these lessons would be confused and the child might find itself misrepresenting its own true self.
the Perfect Helix;
amongst his friends, everyone else
Sphere 2 or the Sphere of Perception
What we perceive, although there in an objective physically real sense, is painted in proteins and electrical signals on our brain. We observe a display created by our brain from the sense organs.
Look directly into a light bulb and then move your eyes away.
There now is a continuously changing coloured spot running down your vision, which will take some time to fade. This shows that some of the cells that code for colour in the back of your eye and respond to intensity of light were in some way burned. You have to look directly into the light for this to happen however. The coloured spot is always about in the middle of your vision and may move if you do not blink, as it dribbles along the back of your eye. If you put your hand in front of your eyes you will see that the dot remains closer to you, and no matter how close you bring your hand, the dot is always closer.
Similar phenomena would include the echo in your ears after an all night disco, the sense of motion left after a roller coaster, and the duration of these events is, to some extent, a function of memory as well as physiological imbalance. So as we can see, the world we perceive around us is actually the back of our own mind. The ears and eyes are channels that lead into the display.
The physical world in its own right does exist but we similarly exist in our own minds. Physical reality can only be assumed through communication. Existence, outside of our own heads, can only first be assumed if there is someone else to confirm, agree or at least comment on your assumption.
In the beginning there was a word and the word was god.
Otherwise you were just talking to yourself.
Following our logic a little further (if you have followed us thus far), at the edge of the second sphere, which we have shown to be a sphere of conscious mind, is the end of your consciousness and the beginning of your subconscious. Time is continuously passing through this filter in the form of moments and flying out past your perception. Time is passing through the filter of your consciousness and becoming memory, as is your memory being tapped for information about your current environment in order for you to react to it better. Memory is located past the veil of the present.
You cant have a conversation if you have forgotten how to speak.
The third circle indicates this function of remembering and forgetting and could be defined as a dot in the centre of the head of Felix, since, as we have demonstrated, they are one and the same. Behind what you can see, either internally or externally is your memory. Everything you see and perceive is infused with your personality as you concentrate on it because only you interpret the moment in that individual way.
In this way you are in your everything because everything you perceive is in your mind.
However, if we assert the existence of other minds we must also assert that these are bounded by the previous spheres as well and have a universe of memory and thought.
They are, therefore, also in their everything.
Felix and the Third Circle
When you go to sleep your perception of time alters as it slips beyond the edge of the second circle (the sphere of the perceived moment), and into the centre of the brain simultaneously. The perceived moment is forgotten and one floats free in time, normally travelling backwards encountering dreams as symbols of memory but sometimes going forward or into a different dimension altogether. Felix stops moving about and assumes a semi-relaxed position, a switched off gene if you will and an expansion and contraction of perceived space and time.
When Felix assumes this semi relaxed position he begins to dream and you will note how any dreams you have, if you dream, are normally characterised by events and people around you that have just happened that day; symbols of the recently experience perceived moment. The deeper you sleep, the further you go into the past. Emotional difficulties, physical problems, bad memories, unfortunate or fortunate events that happened during that day or a previous day colour the nature of your sleep, maybe causing you to talk or walk.
In the cell, phospholipids or fat molecules accumulate in the gap between the cellular membranes where they are used for energy. We find it amusing that, in this analogy, memory and dreams are therefore likened to fat. This is a biological joke so please dont be alarmed if you dont get it. We must have some fat and cholesterol to maintain the healthy function of our bodies; it is just too much that becomes a problem.
As we proposed earlier communication is necessary for any assumption of what is actually going on, for if there are no other minds you would only be able to presume that it was all in your head and that was all it was. The existence of other minds, other cells, compels us to think outside of ourselves. Since communication with other minds can only take place through the medium of time and space, they are, in essence, the vehicles of communication. Communication; which is possible only between two distinct points of view, and which is absolutely essential to confirm or at least attempt to confirm the existence or non-existence of existence itself.
Cells in a Tissue; the Nucleolus,
the Inner Cellular Membrane,
the Outer Cellular Membrane and the Interstitial Fluid.
The Metabolism of Time
Sliced life, packaged
as moments, distributed in meanings,
Its just behind the seeming, the shadow between the scenes.
Constructed out of reason, land-locked oceans are dreaming of the sea.
Time the great vortex at the centre of all metaphysics. Time, because the existence of time creates the existence of death and therefore is the basis of the deepest human fears. Running out of time, wasting time, missing a chance and all the if onlys in the universe. If we glance at quantum physics we may find that the very stuff of the universe itself is time or something even more fundamental.
Time, time, whos got the time? (Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Caroll)
Time could not be defined coherently without a beginning and an end to at least be assumed. We have birth and death. The universe has a big bang and a big crunch. Time allegedly only exists between these points, the start and the finish, because time cannot exist without space.
The display created by your brain as a sensual picture of the world around you does not exist in the actual moment. Looking at the world around you, the perceived moment, sphere 2, it is impossible to say that this is the now; it is close to now, but its not actually now.
The information which your brain uses to build up the display takes a very small amount of time to get from the actual now to your now, it takes about 6 milliseconds for signals to get from the nerves to the brain and back. There is the actual moment, the perception of that actual moment, and then the reaction that changes it. The perceptual existence which we build up in our heads is therefore based on comparatively old data, in the beginning now was then. You cant dodge bullets as they move faster than you can react; you can only hope your enemy is a terrible shot.
A space is also required to consider the past that we perceive, that is, there is part of our brain that exists to consider memory and not just store it. We all have little photo albums in our mind, holding our best and most beautiful memories and there are eyes in our head that we can look at them with. Look up into the stars tonight and think about how long ago that light was sent towards us. Now - then. Now - then. Now - then.
We never perceive now.
We exist to ourselves in then.
All forms of our consciousness exist in the past; we live in the past. The actual moment, although ahead of us, can be identified and will be identified from now on, as now.
It is very different from tomorrow as tomorrow is also then.
Our decision based in the yesterday of our mind will affect tomorrow, as the events of tomorrow, a change in our environment because of our decision, will affect the next decisions of yesterday. Our tomorrows and yesterdays chase each other around the actual moment.
The Inner Mind, the contemplative part that seems to sit in the front of your head, analyses the perceived moment through the process of question and then replies by changing the environment in some way. This is the primary cycle of consciousness and occurs between the second circle and the first circle.
Since there are many different forces (i.e. other minds, the weather) attempting to influence the environment, of which some are beyond your control, your decisions, rather than forcing a moment to happen, merely influence the probability of a certain moment descending, increase the potential of reality occurring in that way.
Do you not find that nothing ever works out exactly as you planned, or if it does, rarely, and with some discrepancies? Things are less likely to exactly work out, proportional to the amount of other forces also attempting to influence the actual moment. There are an infinite number of tomorrows and an infinite number of yesterdays making their bid for the moment they want and only the most probable ones form out of the chaos of infinite possibilities.
We can consider the future but never the moment.
As we start to consider it, it has already happened.
And nobody could have seen the plans because nobody could have planned it like this. (Prison, Steven Jesse Bernstein)
Your actual body exists in the actual moment; it is only your consciousness that exists in the past. In some ways you could consider your actual body to be your soul, as it is your true link to the actual moment.
The way in which the inner mind analyses the perceived moment is through the use, either conscious or unconscious, of the memory, the inner mind analyses the perceived moment, through its memory of previous perceived moments. If you would like the biological metaphor, this could be likened to the first circle of the nucleolus, prompted by a chemical messenger, tapping the DNA that it contains within it, for information on how to deal with the current cellular environment of the cytosol. The moment, determined by all the forces that influence it, emerges from the sea of probability and presents to the perceived moment, and this process continues until the death of the cell or the body.
Perceived time must, by necessity, begin and if it begins it therefore has to end. We cannot conceptualise time without first assuming the beginning and the end of it. The dream/memory line that extends into the past extends to our birth, yet the further away you get from the start the more obscured your vision gets when looking back. At this point we have to draw the distinction between trying to remember the past from the conscious perceived moment and inner mind and returning to the far past in dreams.
Trying to clearly remember the past while awake is like using a telescope to try and see distant stars, the distance depending on how long ago it happened. Your ability to remember is therefore both a function of the quality of your telescope (i.e. the quality of your memory, which is almost certainly based in the DNA, but can of course become damaged by external influences such as drugs and accidents) and your ability to use that telescope (i.e. which comes from training the memory, revision techniques, learning scripts, etceteras).
The remembering of any given memory is also dependent upon a factor we will call time density, for this now, and shards, for another now (see Conflux the Zeitgeist). A moment or period of time in your life is considered dense if it was full of meaning for you.
Our dreams are more likely to gravitate towards moments with more time density, yet like a black hole, extremely dense memories may warp the nature of space around them, leading to confused images (faces and locations swapping, etceteras), especially when a series of shards occur in quick succession. During a dream your semi-consciousness actually attempts journeys to these places in your past, and this is why the perception of time during a sleep can be vastly different, and often is, from waking life.
If someone were to build a space ship that could travel at the speed of light and were to travel to another star, then it would take him or her a number of years equal to the amount of light years that star was away, yet many many years would pass upon the earth.
Years can seem to pass in a dream while hours pass through the moment. Until, of course, you wake up, and then the dream was over in a moment.
In the beginning now was then, at the end does then become now?
Any discussion on the nature of time will obviously begin to get abstract and we hope you are following us so far. We will now present a series of concepts for you to consider based upon our own ideas of the Metabolism of Time, that is the way in which any given moment is perceived, understood and interacted with, digested as it were. There are ten concepts that you really should partially understand before you continue with The Book of Fantastic Lies, because the characters of the Book are based upon extrapolations of these concepts.
Please re read this brief exercise if it was all nonsense to you.
We will now examine our theory of how any given moment is perceived. First we will outline the process and then explain why each of these processes is inherent in the perception of time. In addition, we will also provide a list of Qabalistic attributions for the interested and a brief explanation of the structure and meaning of the Qabalah.
The Metabolism of Time is a cyclic process where every concept affects another in a continuous cascade. The concepts must be read through several times for them to be properly understood.
(WITH OUR OWN QABALISTIC ATTRIBUTIONS)
1. The Altered Future (1. Kether)
2. Remembering the Altered Future (2. Chokmah)
3. The Perceived Moment / The Outer Mind (N/A Daath)
4. The Inner Mind Questioning the Outer Mind (5 Geburah)
5. The Inner Mind (6. Tiphareth)
6. The Inner Mind Answering the Outer Mind (4. Chesed)
7. Remembering the Altered Past (8. Hod)
8. Forgetting the Altered Past (7. Netzach)
9. Forgetting the Altered Future (3. Binah)
10. The Altered Past (9. Yesod)
1. The Altered Future The Actual Future or the Future of Infinite Possibilities, where we dont know exactly what is going to happen, and therefore anything could happen, doesnt really exist to us. The Actual Future is influenced by your actions in the previous moment and therefore the possibilities of what could happen are limited to some extent. If you smashed the glass on the table five minutes ago then theres no chance of drinking from it now, is there? The Actual Future rather than the Altered Future does not exist for you except at your birth, as your actions will always influence what is going to happen next. Since your genetics determine to a great extent your physical qualities, your hormone levels, your mental aptitude and the quality of your sensory organs, this actual future probably does not even exist at your birth as you are already more than likely to get into certain situations because of social-genetic history. However we are NOT of that philosophy.
2. Remembering the Altered Future The future altered by the events of the previous moment now begins to present itself to the perceived moment, your outer mind, or the time that we presume to be now, but which is, in fact, as mentioned earlier, just then. Let us say for a moment we are sitting at a table with our friend, David. All the information we have on everything in the room is present in our head but most must be filtered, or grouped into a single concept or our consciousness would get clogged up with meanings very rapidly, and our rate of reaction would decrease. Words must be chosen to represent the objects, people and conditions. A certain portion of the possible meanings in the room are judged meaningless to these particular conditions by our psyche and discarded, as are certain meanings categorized into one concept or grouped together. For instance our friend at the table, David; we know his academic history, we grew up with him, we know some of his secrets, his fears, we know his history with women, and all of this information is neatly packaged as David, by the effects of this filter. We know the table is wood, we know it has four legs, we know some of the structural properties of the design, we remember previous moments sitting around the table, however once again this is all filtered into the word concept - table. We can draw endless images out of the mere swirls in the wood; faces, clouds, boats, whales. The concept of infinity is one of the first ones to go. If we perceived the infinite nature of things we would surely go mad or quiet, or both. The infinite possibilities are removed, as we mentioned above, by our previous action, the fact, if you like, that we smashed the glass and rather than infinite possibilities we acquire finite probabilities. Through the application of meaninglessness we acquire a finite number of meanings for any given moment, the filter serves to reduce the meaning. Thus we are left with David, table, broken glass and whatever we are talking about.
3. The Perceived Moment / The Outer Mind This is where we assume now to be, i.e. at the edge of the second sphere, the sensory display we observe and interact with, created by our brain. As this is just a display created by our consciousness we will now refer to it as the outer mind and no longer as the perceived moment. This is where David and table and whatever you are talking about apparently exists, but you must remember that regardless of whether it is actually going on or not, it is only going on as far as youre concerned, inside your own head. David, table and whatever you are talking about are as much you as where you believe yourself to be, i.e. inside your own head. David is painted in protein trails; the sounds exist in the brain space. The Outer Mind displays the number of different meanings or finite meanings generated by your filter, as opposed to the infinite meanings of the Actual Future. Your interpretation will never be entirely the same as any of the other individuals in the room, they will have a group of finite meanings as well, and although probably similar they will not be congruent, they will know different things about and have a different opinion of David. The Perceived Moment is your Outer Mind, or the second circle, as the first circle is your Inner Mind, and of what the space between them actually is, we cannot speak, because we do not know. Depth perception is purely a matter of shading the colour on the second sphere.
4. The Inner Mind Questioning the Outer Mind Your inner mind, the place where you believe yourself to think, then analyses the Outer Mind (David, the table and the broken glass), and ascertains your relationship with its environment. Every discernible meaning obtained from the filter and contained within the environment around you is brought into a relationship with your own concept of yourself. For instance your inner mind, through the process of question establishes where it is that you are standing relative to everything else in the room, what your emotional status is in correspondence with all the different features of the environment, and what it is that youre actually talking about. This stage makes all the finite meanings your outer mind has prepared relative to you. It brings all the finite meanings into the perspective of the one meaning, i.e. your sense of self. It is the filter that brings the Outer Mind into relation with the Inner Mind whereas Remembering the Altered Future serves as a filter between The Altered Future and the Outer Mind. Questioning the Outer Mind activates Remembering the Altered Past. The whole system runs like cogs within a clock that never stops, when some of the cogs turn they automatically turn other cogs.
5. The Inner Mind The Inner Mind is where the sense of self typically exists, the meaning of you relative to the meaning of the environment. This is the place where you believe yourself to think, where your thoughts seem to occur, i.e. the front of your head but just inside. This is the place where events or changes in the environment are considered in order to react to them in the best possible manner. It is where you plan and lament; it is where you feel the horrors of loneliness. In order to question the Outer Mind, the Inner Mind makes use of previous knowledge that it has acquired via the process of Remembering, and in order to remember, you must forget.
6. The Inner Mind Answering the Outer Mind This is the decision you made in order to change the Outer Mind, based on information stored from the previous Outer Mind through the medium of Remembering the Altered Past, your reply to David, changing your position in the room in order to pick up the broken glass, and making yourself another drink. This is the reply issued by the Inner Mind in order to react to the environment. Although affecting the Outer Mind and therefore essentially still operating upon the past, the altered perceived moment goes on to alter the future by reducing the probabilities of what could happen, some things would now be impossible. Such as David having picked up the glass.
7. Remembering the Altered Past - You have to remember that Dave is Dave and also have on hand any historical information relevant to the conversation at hand as you might need to remember that the glass was a priceless antique. You can only make use of knowledge that has previously been taught or that which is intrinsic to your genes, such as do not breathe water. Those with more knowledge of their environment, accessed through the power of memory will naturally have more control of that environment. Since all that can be actually and sensibly perceived is a group of finite meanings, all that can be remembered is a group of finite meanings. It would be impossible to remember, perceive or understand the infinite meanings. You select the meanings you need from the sea of forgetting the meanings you had.
8. Forgetting the Altered Past As your inner mind analyses the outer mind it acquires knowledge of the moment that it stores in the memory in order to deal with similar situations later on. Knowledge which you need all the time, such as what a tree is, or how to speak, is kept at a very shallow level in the memory as it is continuously being remembered, in other words, knowledge which is extremely time dense sinks to the bottom of the thought pond which is the Inner and Outer mind. Memories lose time density if they are not stimulated. Knowledge that has little time density, such as what you ate for breakfast six days ago or exactly what time you arrived for work three weeks and a day ago flies off into the dark recesses of the memory. But you know that Dave is definitely Dave and you know exactly what you are talking about. Memories are never completely forgotten unless the brain is damaged, they merely grow very faint, like stars a billion light years away and if focused upon the image is hazy and hard to recollect in detail. Memories have a half-life fade trip into oblivion, an exponential curve that never quite touches forgotten until the moment of death. What was it that I was talking about?
9. Forgetting the Altered Future - The response from the inner mind that altered the outer mind that then goes on to affect the future. This stage is the last effect of the previous moment and is therefore the final extension of the past. You affect the probability of all future moments when you have a personal argument with someone close. By making that decision, in the right amount of time to leap out of the way of that speeding car, although you made the decision in essentially the past, it has saved you from a future in hospital. You anticipate the future by analyzing the past, you work out what you are going to say next. The inner mind based on information from the past affects the outer mind or the environment you are in, which is again essentially the past and ultimately alters the future
10. The Altered Past Everything you do in your life affects everything else you will do. Every moment your mind sieves, flows into the sea of memory in your subconscious. Little quirks you may have, certain ways of saying certain things, are all a result of the conditioning that your life subjects you to. Everything in your past alters your future. This is of course all obvious to you but we must lay down the fundamental concepts, if we wish to build upon them and demonstrate social physics and introduce you to the Interactive Theatre and Strategic Drama. Absolute absence of any meaning whatsoever is imperceptible in the same way as the infinite meanings, but we draw from these principles, the infinite meanings and the meaningless, to create a conceptual and perceptual world and realise that we have nothing to say.
The Actual Past, the Actual Future and the Actual Moment could all be considered the same thing. The Qabalistic attribution for the actual moment is Malkuth.
This process is going on continuously, every moment is cycled through the cascade, it is only when we linger on any of the concepts, dream about the future, dream about the past, and reflect on the beauty of the painting, that we become aware of these concepts at all.
Most of us think we are the clock, or different parts of the clock but the truth of the matter is that we are the clock, we are part of a bigger clock and we are also watching the clock
Let there be no difference made among you between any one thing and any other thing; for thereby cometh hurt.(Aleister Crowley, The Book of the Law.)
There are four pivots in this system and it is perhaps easier to visualise them in your mind to completely comprehend the Metabolism of Time. The four pivots are the Altered Future (Kether), The Outer Mind (Daath), The Inner Mind (Tiphareth) and the Altered Past (Yesod). On the horizontal axis, Yesod can be considered as a point directly in the centre of your own head, Tiphareth, the front of that head, the face, Daath as the edge of the 2nd circle, where the coloured spots run down your vision, and Kether as past that.
The Qabalah tells us that Kether is in Malkuth and Malkuth is in Kether, but in a different way. This means that the Altered Future is the product of the Actual Moment, but the Actual Moment could not be conceptualised, if time was not passing and the future was not continuously changing.
Around these four pivots are the cycles of Binah and Chokmah, Chesed and Geburah, and Hod and Netzach, which serve to consider each of the four pillars and form the Sephiroth of their interaction. The Sephiroth and the bridges between them serve as a map of our own consciousness and it is entirely possible to use this map to explore that inner and outer world.
Any experience, which effects the metabolism of the cell, effects the Metabolism of Time, for instance, drugs, dangerous sports, exhaustion, hunger, meditation, boredom, exercise, all effect the way the cell uses its energy and therefore the way we perceive time. As the metabolic pathway becomes increasingly incoherent, things begin to lose their meaning, as we grow delirious and confused, time seems to move faster or slower. The perception of time by the body is part of a relatively new field of research in biology, called Chronobiology. Scientists have proved that the bodys own regulation of time is linked with the detection of light by the bodys photoreceptor cells (cells which can recognize the frequency of light that is being emitted which obviously changes throughout the day as the sun goes up and comes down). The master clock for the body lies in a small cluster of cells referred to as the Supra-Chiasmatic Nuclei and their function is linked with the pineal gland, or the third eye as the mystics of the east call it. The hormonal functions of the pineal gland are the production of serotonin and melatonin, hormones, which produce an altered state of consciousness, and hormones we are under the influence of all the time.
The Qabalistic names for the Circles of the Chronosome are Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur respectively, which mean nothing, no limits and the limitless light. The core of this idea is that if nothing exists in the mind space because it is painted on our brain, then there are no limits to it. If there are no limits to it, then it is filled with the limitless light, of which everything is made.
But thou, o beloved, though thou art infinitely great, art thou not energised by the invisible point, the infinitely small? A million eternities are present, deem not of change; this is the here and now and I am NOT. (Diaries, Charles Stansfield Jones)
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