I dedicate this site to the memory of my stepdaughter, Heather, who was murdered on Thanksgiving 2017. I want to chronicle some of the events and spiritual insights that happened. It is my hope that this may help some other souls who stumble upon this site. Maybe some good can come off this after all (read more here).  ~ May 2018

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Maya and Prisms and the Self-Participatory Universe

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In the previous two sessions we talked about how we look at the deeper reality – call it pure Being, All-That-Is, cosmic hologram, or maybe even God – through various filters (genetic, environmental, spiritual etc.),  and thereby cast it as “this world.” And how all this is very much like the ancient myth of maya.  

The important point is, though, that it is not us versus All-that-Is, but that All-That-Is creates the very filter and thereby casts itself into us, and through us looks at itself through this very filter.  Furthermore, how this mechanism is indeed needed for All-That-Is to have an experience, which is then reintegrated into the whole and the cycle starts a new.

The key idea her is that All-That-Is looking at itself. There is a famous paper in quantum physics, “Law without Law” by John A. Wheeler,  that proposed something similar: that the universe is self-participatory.  I do not want to go into technical details here of “delayed choice experiments,” but the point is that certain determinations cannot be done until some consciousness looks at it, even events that were billions of years in the past.  In that sense, the universe itself becomes participatory, which he depicted with this image:

Self partipating universe
The self-participating universe, looking at itself (John A. Wheeler)


Furthermore, if you have been following these sessions, another key idea is that at the deeper layers of reality, whatever that may be, there is something along the lines of David Bohm’s implicate order, where “every-thing” is enfolded in some deeper represenation.  This deeper order continually unfolds into this reality, is perceived by us (the explicated part of this) through these filters, or maya, and then re-enfolds back into this deeper order, again call it All-that-Is or the cosmic hologram.   The last term is key, because the structure of this deeper order may be akin to something like a hologram (as an analogy ONLY), in that every part of it contains everything else and vice versa.

Now, in yesterday’s post about maya and filtering, the analogy of the prism came up, whereby a prism splits pure while light into its color components. And our filters, or maya, take something that is whole, All-That-Is or the cosmic hologram, and filters it into various components we can grasp at the level of our consciousness.  

Let me now stay with this analogy of the prism. It occurred to me, that if we can split white light into the components using a prism (P1), then the process should be reversible, and we should be able to recombine these colored components back into white light again using a second prism (P2)

In the analogy to maya, the idea would be that somehow through maya the whole, or All-That-Is, splits itself into the parts, but then reintegrates back into the whole again.

I sketched this idea in Figure #1 below. Here, I assume some deeper order at the bottom, possibly holographic and thus labeled it “H”, which is then filtered by prism P1 into components and back by prism P2 back into wholeness.  Waving my hand here significantly, P1 and P2 would then be part of the filtering process, tied to maya.

Prisms spliitng and then reintegrating white light
Simple sketch of the idea of prisms splitting and reintegrating white light.

Now, completely disregarding all that stuff about deeper orders and maya for a moment,  I was curious if at least the optics part of this checks out, and did some research.  

It turns out, you can indeed use two prisms to first split and then recombine white light – just as the top part of figure #1.  Many a textbook will indeed show this setup.

However, it is not quite right…

It turns out, the white light on either side has a subtle different quality. In this setup, the original white light is a mixture of all colors together; the technical term is co-linear, as shown in detail #1.  However, the “white light” that comes out of Prism #2 is not the same, and the various component colors are not intermixed but only parallel; a difference that can be measured with a good instrument. So it is not quite white light.

Now, the person who first proved that white light is made up of colors was none other than Isaac Newton, and in his book “Optics” he indeed described an improved setup (Newton, “optics”, PROP. XI. PROB. VI., which you can read here, or a summary of the setup at stackexchange).

We need to introduce a lens L that re-focuses the component lights.  However, as shown in figure #2, this focusing only occurs at one spot F, at the focal length of the lens, and beyond that the light is split again.  The fix, shown in figure #3, is to place our second prism P2 at this very spot F, and then the emerging white light will again be a beam and have its components be co-linear. Thus, the output is again "true" white light, just as the input.

So, at least the optics check out.

As far as the bigger picture, I have no idea yet if this is really related to maya or some participating universe.  However, I find it interesting that it did take a focusing lens to make it all turn into oneness again. Could there be such a focusing lens? If so, what could it be?  Human consciousness? But we have to keep in mind that this is but a model, and that all these parts are really part of one undivided setup. So I will not speculate more on this at this moment.

But another session earlier this morning pointed out, that looking at whatever happens like this is an oversimplification, and that we are dealing with something infinitely more intricate here than white light being split.

Nonetheless, the above may serve as a model or at the very least some food for thought, and maybe a new jumping off place for sessions to come.

Namaste — I bow to you and the Divine in you.
~Hanns

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