On Dimensions

I often hear people refer to subtler layers of existence as other “dimensions.” As a dimension is a direction in space, this is a poor term to use.

It also gets muddy really fast. For example, if we call the astral another dimension, we’re suggesting it’s a line, a kind of squashed Flatland, not an open space. We’d have to give it 2 more dimensions to match the physical. Same with all the other layers. And yet this implies they’re all separate spaces.

It can certainly seem like subtler levels are distinct spaces … Continue Reading…

Gravity and SpaceTime

Awareness becomes self-awareEinstein proposed that gravity is simply the curvature of spacetime. However, as I’ve observed on this blog, space is an effect of consciousness becoming aware of itself – in that recognition is a subtle gap (a-b). As this arises from consciousness curving back on itself, illustrated above, space is inherently curved. It is not a flat plane.

Also, attention flows, perpetually curving in on itself. Gravity, the attractive force, becomes inherent.

Further, because consciousness … Continue Reading…

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

At several points in my life, I’ve studied the work of Abraham Maslow, particularly around self actualization. He was one of the few then to study psychological well-being rather than illness, creating what he called Positive Psychology. His “hierarchy of needs” (and thus motivation) is widely known although not as supported by science now. This is partly because the higher needs vary somewhat by culture and personality.

Nonetheless, it is useful for broad understanding. We can only pursue personal development effectively when our basic needs are being met. Inquiry means little if we don’t have enough to eat … Continue Reading…

Being and Non-Being Blue

On my About page, I make brief mention of the blue feather icon. The feather is not actually blue but rather the blue is an optical effect, a visual illusion.

Turns out, the Morpho butterfly, common in butterfly exhibitions due to it’s vivid colour, uses a similar trick.

In another angle on blue, it took 3 decades to figure out how to make blue LED lights (I don’t mean blue tinted covers). That discovery netted a Nobel prize. By producing the final primary colour, we could make LED & LCD … Continue Reading…

The Connected Universe

For some years, I’ve been watching the work of self-taught physicist Nassim Haramein. He’s given many seminars on his ideas and released video of them, including the 6-hour Crossing the Event Horizon. Many people have studied how to explain his ideas and more recently they’ve launched an on-line “academy” to take it further. He’s also shown up in various works like the film Thrive.

Some of his ideas have been wildly speculative, like the grave of Jesus or the meaning of a comet. But the unfolding physics has been quite … Continue Reading…

Further Stages?

This post is more speculative as it’s something newly unfolding that is incomplete and I don’t know of other references yet.

As a being, we experience life from here. Our point from which we view the world is stable. Even if we “astral travel” or move within dreams or consciousness or become infinite, we still come back to this point, these senses in this body. We could say our experience is tethered here.

From a perspective of universal consciousness, Self is aware of itself both globally and at every point within itself. When we’re awake, we … Continue Reading…

Alice Down the Rabbit Hole

Peter Russell is a physicist I mention occasionally. We met at the SAND conference, but in less than desirable circumstances. On the plaza, he was confronted by someone seeking “The Answer” to all their suffering drama from “The Expert”. I stepped in and directly answered their question. But because they believed in their pain, they couldn’t accept the answer. Progress happens when we’re ready to hear. But that’s another story.

Dr. Russell has background in research in consciousness. He often gives a talk on the Primacy of Consciousness. I’ve also mentioned Bernardo Kastrup’s approach.

Recently, … Continue Reading…

Flexible Roots

While we may think of stability and flexibility as opposites, Chaos theory suggests both are required for a system to continue. Research has found that chaos often overlays a higher order. In fact, chaos itself is found to have order within it. The simple formula of fractals, for example, is found throughout nature.

Natural systems display random fluctuations arising from order. If something is too stable or if the randomness is suppressed, it becomes rigid. Tall buildings must be able to move with the wind and earth or they will collapse. Rigidity becomes inertia (tamas guna), then … Continue Reading…

Our Fragmentation

Fragmentation is continually being brought about by the almost universal habit of taking the content of our thought for a description of the world as it is… Since our thought is pervaded by differences and distinctions, it follows that such a habit leads us to look on these as real divisions, so that the world is then seen and experienced as actually broken up into fragments.
— Physicist David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order

Philosophically, this is called Reductivism, an approach that became popular in the 17th century. It is also closely related to Materialism, an orientation that … Continue Reading…

Spatial Relations

In modern culture, we measure much of space and time with systems derived from astrology. The 12 hour clock (solar zodiac/ ascendant), the week of 7 days (Saturnday, Sunday, Moonday, Marsday, etc – planets in the Vedic sequence), the lunar zodiac of a month (more altered over time), the 12 months of the year (solar zodiac again), 360 degrees used in a compass and in longitude and latitude (30 degrees x 12 signs), and so forth.

Even though some of the naming has drifted, the model remains more or less the same.

We also use a 3D model for placement … Continue Reading…

The Dalai Lama’s Atlas of Emotions

Recently, a friend sent me news of a unique collaboration. The Dalai Lama had asked an American scientist to help him form an Atlas of Emotions.

Dr. Paul Ekman surveyed scientists in related fields the world over to find some consensus on the nature of emotions and the moods and states they produce. The Dalai Lama said the concept of mood is missing from the Tibetan worldview so he was delighted by it.

The research led to 5 categories of emotions:  anger, fear, disgust, sadness and enjoyment.

You may recognize the 5 characters in the Disney … Continue Reading…


The word Cosmic comes from the word Cosmos, a word originated by Pythagoras meaning ‘order’ and ‘adornment’. “The Pythgoreans viewed the visible heavens as an ‘adornment’ of pure principles, the number of visible planets relating to the principles of proportional harmony.”*

A similar word to Cosmos you’ve seen me use here? Lila. Laws of nature (order) creating the divine appearance (adornment).

However, Lila is more in the direction of the way I use Cosmic. Rather than meaning stellar or the universe, Cosmic I associate with the space that universes arise in (creation). The space of the mind of … Continue Reading…