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The Holographic multiverse and consciousness
Performing magick requires an altered state of consciousness. In “The Field” Lynne McTaggart notes the speculation that consciousness, like matter at the quantum level can either be localised, the normal state for most of us, living inside our bodies, or non-local, where we feel like we are everywhere and connected to everything. She calls these aspects particle and wave aspects of consciousness respectively, then reviews evidence that the non-local or wave aspect is associated with PSI phenomena and suggests that in the wave state we are in phase with the Zero Point Field (ZPF) and can thereby extract information or manipulate matter remotely through the field.
I find the idea of the Zero Point Field intriguing and plausible, because I am familiar, as a software developer, with computer frameworks, complex programs that allow apparently unconnected software components to interact through the framework – last year I was involved in writing a simple framework and in using others. In this analogy the framework corresponds to the ZPF and the communicating programs to individual organisms.
However I am sure things are not that simple. Shamanic drumming and rattling allow the Shaman to enter a world where they communicate with beings like Rabbit and Raven, who may be considered some sort of Archetype while In his book “Supernatural” Graham Hancock shows that various drugs apparently give entry to different spirit worlds.
So I wonder is the ZPF particles popping in and out of nothing or leaking between our universe and another universe. We may be another universe's ZPF. The notion that everything that happens or will happen is recorded in the ZPF may mean that our universe is some other universe's memory.
Now consider the hypothesis, that data is stored in the ZPF as a hologram. The interesting thing about holographic storage is that, the same plate can be used to store multiple images which appear when the hologram is viewed at different angles.
It seems that there are multiple altered states of consciousness that allow consciousness to enter different worlds. The world entered via Peyote is not the world entered with LSD is not the world entered by drumming or dancing, and none of these are the world of the alcoholic with its pink elephants and purple giraffes. It seems plausible to consider the multiverse as a hologram in which each state of consciousness corresponds to an “angle” and is entered by achieving the right state of consciousness. If the worlds “overlap” magick may correspond to performing a simple action in one world that is mirrored by a result that is inexplicable in our normal world. For example shamans claim that by interacting with spirits in the unseen world they can see, foresee or influence events in this world in ways not possible from this world. And that is magick. By entering the right mode of consciousness one may be able to influence remote events or extract otherwise inaccessible information, while the use of other techniques allows access to different spirit worlds by viewing the hologram that is the multiverse from different angles.
The idea that information is stored in the ZPF as a hologram led to the idea of the multiverse as a hologram with the angle at which the hologram is viewed corresponding to different states of consciousness and the possibility that simple actions in one world may be mirrored by inexplicable results in another. At this stage this is purely speculation, but in the spirit of Chaos Magick may be a useful tool for generating results.
The bottom line is that magick requires an altered state of consciousness, and an altered state of consciousness may also be needed for transition between different spirit worlds, with each state of consciousness being the key to a different universe.
But again things are not so simple. The universe you end in depends on more than the state of consciousness you adopt. The same technique can be used to meditate on the Tarot or the Runes but the worlds you enter are very different. LSD can take you to Heaven or Hell. Where you end up is influenced by what you want and what you expect. Physics indicates there is an observer independent reality but does not exclude the possibility that this reality is very susceptible to our unconscious belief. I will deal with this in a future article