The Hourglass Model

Recently, a model has come to mind to explain the evolution of our perspective of  the way we are in the world. It relates closely to some common models used to explain meditation experiences.

Picture 2 cones, one pointing up, and one pointing down. The point of the second rests on the point of the first, a little like an hourglass.

In the Point Value, I spoke of how we are each at essence a point value of Being, a collapse of the infinite into a point of focus. The soul. If we picture the upper surface of the hourglass as infinite being, the upper cone represents the collapse of infinity into a point (of infinity).

That point then expresses outwards through the lower cone into infinity, what we call the world.

So infinity collapsing to a point, then back out into infinity of expression.

Now, if you flip the hourglass over, the now upper part is the soul expressing out into the world.  If you just look at the upper part, you see a diagram often used to illustrate the experience of thoughts arising in the mind, like a rising bubble. And the inverse, of the attention following down finer and finer values of thought into more subtle values of the mind during meditation. And thus to transcendence in samadhi.

When we’re identified with the world, we are outward looking, noticing only the effects of the expression through us.

When we meditate, we follow the experience down into finer values of thinking and feeling. We become aware of the soul value.

When we transcend the mind in samadhi, we step into the infinity of source, “behind” the soul. The other cone. We experience expansion.

When we become Self realized, we shift from identifying with the experiences of the person into the inward cone. We experience ourselves as separate from the expression, the outer cone. We may even experience moving up the cone with waking.

With time in that “space” we become aware of more refined values of the expression as well as more refined values of the collapse side.

We move deeper into source and come to recognize source in both cones. Then the division between cones ends and we see ourselves to be both the collapse and the expression, All this is That and I am That.

But even there, as I discussed on Point Value, there can be identification with the fulcrum. We are in the middle, slightly individualized.

As we step out of even that identification, we take another step back…


Now, taking it to the next level. Both the top and bottom of the hourglass are infinite and are the same infinity. Awareness flows though and back into itself. I’ve talked before about how everything arises with awareness curving back on itself, becoming aware of itself. The effect of this is a kind of bubble of awareness. Awareness looking across at itself. Subject and object, self and world. If we put the hourglass of our life inside this bubble, we discover a model of totality.

And we can see this mirrored throughout all expression. In the atomic structure, within planets and stars, and so forth. The physicist Nassim Haramein has built models illustrating this flow over the event horizon of all form.

As an example, a galaxy is not a disc as we’ve long thought. The disc is across the center of the model and is surrounded by a massive sphere of far more stars than in the disc. But the stars on the bubble are spread out more so not as visible. They follow the toridal pattern.

Here’s an example. Notice the hourglass in the middle. It’s all flowing into and out of a point value in the center, a “black hole”. Or as he jokes, the “black whole/white whole“. Some suggest this explains gravity. Nassim suggests it’s a model of the unified field.

[Update – video removed – added new link above]

Unified Field Theory. One law to rule them all.  😉

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