Stable and active, whilst observing the simultaneity of location and momentum.
Balancing creation, preservation and destruction, stillness and motion, we centre our reality in the dance of constant motion within the matrices of dimensional interfaces.
Dancing with Plato, Fascia, Tensegrity, Artificial Intelligence, Integrity and the Icosahedron
Exploring the soft borders of culture, faith and aspiration, preparing for the remembering of the subjective/objective body of the Infinite One.
This is our transitional evolutionary project
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Mystics often speak of their experience in higher states of consciousness as a vision from the vantage point of a higher dimension. Sri Aurobindo speaks of “a subtle change which makes the sight see in a sort of fourth dimension.”
Lama Govinda writes, “If we speak of the space experience in meditation we are dealing with an entirely different dimension.” He continues, “Vision is bound up with a space of higher dimension, and therefore timeless.” He further explains, “An experience of higher dimensionality is achieved by integration of experiences of different centres and levels of consciousness. Hence the indescribability of certain experiences of meditation on the plane of three dimensional consciousness.”
In meditative states, consciousness can transcend the apparent limits of its three dimensional perception of the world. Claude Bragdon writes in ‘Explorations into the Fourth Dimension’: “Dimensionality is the mind’s method of mounting to the idea of the infinity of space. When we speak of the fourth dimension, what we mean is the fourth stage in the apprehension of that infinity.”
If we could gain a vision of the world from a higher dimension, our intellect could gain some notion of that, could see what our present limits are and what we are therefore missing, then we might be inspired to make the effort to follow the mystics to this higher realm.
The perception of dimension – Lama Govinda referred to our ordinary consciousness as three dimensional. When we look out into the world, what we actually see is a two dimensional projection, like a photograph or cinema screen, of the three spatial dimensions. We infer the third dimension of space by experience, by light and shading, and by using time as yet another dimension.
Time is also an intellectual construct of relation. It is the relation, in our experience of succession, of “past, present and future, the present being real in experience, the past constructed in memory, and the future anticipated in imagination”. Time is actually the fourth dimension of space. The point is the ‘zeroth’ dimension, because it has no extension. Translate the point in any direction and you get a line, which is one dimensional. Translate the line in a direction perpendicular to itself and you get a plane, which is two dimensional. Translate the plane in a direction perpendicular to itself and you get a solid, which is three dimensional. That is, if you stack a series of planes one on top of the other in a direction which is not in the plane, you realise a three dimensional figure.
Time, the direction of before and after, is the answer. It is a series or succession of moments of our three dimensional space. In Einstein’s theory of relativity, space and time make up the four dimensions of ‘space-time’.
Time is the limit of man’s ordinary state of consciousness. He is three dimensional because he is limited to the present moment in his direct experience. He can be conscious of other times, but only in an imperfect way, based on memory or imagination. The ordinary consciousness can only sample consecutively one moment, then another, and so on. The great yogis tell us, however, that all time – past, present and future, exists together and can be so experienced when the limits of the ordinary consciousness are transcended beyond time-space barriers.
In ‘Explorations into the Fourth Dimension’ Bragdon presents an appropriate analogy. Bragdon lets the passage of time be represented by a procession parading past us as we stand on a street corner. Each person or object passing by represents one moment of time. We see the pageant as a sequence of things appearing into the view suddenly and disappearing in the same manner. This represents the ordinary waking consciousness. But now we ascend in a balloon and look down. “From that place of vantage the procession would be seen, not as a sequence, but simultaneously, and could be traced from its formation to its dispersal. Past, present and future would be merged into one.”
The nature of the vision from a higher dimension is reminiscent of yogic siddhis attained in a higher state of consciousness. Yogananda’s ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ abounds in descriptions of the appearance and disappearance of saints. V.A. Devasenapathi writes, “We have accounts of Hindu saints disappearing from human view with their bodies.” In the ‘Yoga Sutras’ of Patanjali are mentioned siddhis such as “knowledge of things obstructed from view or at a great distance”; “disappearance from view”; “knowledge of other’s minds”; “knowledge of past and future existences”.
Dimension of pure consciousness – From the higher dimension which is beyond both space and time, all places at all times can be entered into and seen from both the outside and the inside simultaneously. The higher dimensional eye is everywhere at all times, inside and out. This higher dimensional vision, then, is that which belongs to the Supreme Consciousness, the Infinite.
Referring to that which is of a higher dimension as being infinite, in fact, is just what is done in geometry. A plane is an infinite number of parallel lines, a solid an infinite number of parallel planes, etc. As P.D. Ouspensky points out in ‘A New Model of the Universe’, “For every figure of a given number of dimensions, infinity is a figure of the given number of dimensions plus one.”
However, the infinite can also be understood as the reality beyond all dimension. The dimensions of space and time are not all there is to reality; there is also awareness- the pure consciousness of space and time which is the substratum or background out of which space and time unfold.
The infinite is the dimension of pure consciousness. Swami Satyananda says that there are an infinite number of dimensions or planes within consciousness but the highest dimension, pure consciousness, reduces them all to oneness.
Penetrating bindu – From the vantage of pure consciousness, all lower dimensions are reduced to one, folded to a single point. To understand how the world of separated things could fold into a point, imagine the analogy of the sheet of paper having printed on it characters to represent the objects of the world. With the aid of another dimension beyond the plane of the paper, it could be crumpled or folded into a tiny ball. Even though along the surface of the paper the characters are separated from each other, when the paper is crushed these characters are brought close together. Analogously, the Supreme Consciousness enfolds everything within Itself. Bragdon quotes from the sacred books of Hermes Trismegistus: “Comprehend clearly”, says Hermes to Asclepios, “that this sensible world is enfolded, as in a garment, by the supernal world.”
Swami Satyananda says that consciousness is bindu, the point. Since everything is enfolded within God to a point, to reach the highest consciousness we must penetrate the point. The message of the Upanishads is “That thou art”; the Atman point is equal to the Brahman point. If we can shrink our minds within the point of our own consciousness, suddenly all of space-time will open up for the view, and ours will be the God-consciousness.
So – From within the physical limitation of experience resides the potential of perfection, beyond words, thoughts and expressions
And through the practices of directional yoga
And the guidance of the Great Ones who have travelled ahead of us
We can follow the jewelled pathways, laid across the shifting sands of the great deserts of samsara
Navigate the swirling oceans of the Tantras
To the Citadel of Enlightenment
The Dimension Beyond Space and Time – Danny Hawley Ph.D.