Living Universe

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Life.

What is the definition of life?  This question is still being hotly debated by scientists of various fields pertinent to the question.  In my opinion, this question is pertinent to ALL sciences, but hey, what do I know?

Life, to me, is the system or pattern of the functions of a living thing.  All living things have one thing in common.  They all come from something—or in blonde-speak—Nothing springs out of nothing, so if I want to explore the idea of a living Universe (and I am using a capital U for Universe because if my thinking is correct, it is a living entity and therefore, Universe is its name), what do I have to do?  Since life, to me, should have some form of thinking, be it rudimentary, perhaps we should start to look for the Universe’s brain.  Since I am not a scientist, here is where I go to the quantum physicists for some help.

Universe’s Brain

Dr. Seth Lloyd, professor at MIT and the author of Programming the Universe:  A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos, has some amazing ideas about the Universe’s brain.  He postulates that quantum particles can think, and he is well on his way towards creating quantum computers which will prove his theory that our Universe acts like a huge quantum computer.  He states that “everything in the universe is made of bits. Not chunks of stuff, but chunks of information — ones and zeros. … Atoms and electrons are bits. Atomic collisions are “ops.” Machine language is the laws of physics. The universe is a quantum computer.“[1]

Dr. Lloyd belives that the Universe uses a simple code to create everything.  Scientists still have not yet found this code, and believe me, we have thrown great minds like Newton and Einstein into this search, and it is still going on.  If we can find this code, it will be the defacto unified theory of everything.

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But as I said, if the Universe is a living being, it had to have come from somewhere.  It had to have a birthing parent.

Some scientists think that black holes are the birthing canals which will allow new young universes to be birthed from the matter that has been collected from the parent Universe.  Our own Universe has countless black holes, some of them so large as to weigh 40 billion suns.[6]  According to this idea, our mother Universe has given birth to countless other universes and is still in the process of giving birth to many more.

If this is so, then our own Universe must have been born in the same manner.  She must have once been a collected amalgamation of dust, gasses, elements, quarks, neutrinos, and the countless bacterial life that exists within her mother’s body.  As our tiny embryonic Universe was being collected inside her mother’s tiny black hole placental pod, it must have grown larger and larger, resulting from being fed by her mother’s nutrients floating about in the amniotic fluid.

Once she had gotten big enough to be able to break free from the confines of the black hole, she is ejected out into a brand new dimension for her to occupy.  She will have burst forth through a birthing canal that would be the other end of the black hole. It would, in essence be a white hole.

White Holes

gw_mpi_wideImage taken from BBC News[3]

Perhaps, deep within the center of the Universe, there is a vestige of an umbilical cord, a navel of sorts, which will indicate the point of its conception.  If we go to its navel, we might just find that hypothetical huge white hole.

Back in 2006, a gamma ray burst lasting about 102 seconds pointed at the possibility that we were looking at a white hole.  The duration of that blast meant it had to have been created by some kind of supernova explosion, but since there was no supernovas within the area at all, it had to have occurred in a different dimension.  After all, nothing comes from nothing.

Of course, being a Tao Babe, I went back to the big guns and scoured through ancient documents.  I look  both to scientists as well as ancient masters for information, and I am always amazed at how much the ancients know.

Lao Tzu gave a clue in chapter 6 of his Tao Te Ching:

The valley spirit, undying
Is called the Mystic Female

The gateway of the Mystic Female
Is called the root of Heaven and Earth

It flows continuously, barely perceptible
When utilized, it is never exhausted.[4]

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6dF Galaxy Survey visualisation by C.Fluke, Swinburne University of Technology (data courtesy H.Jones et al.)[5]

I admit, I have read this chapter many many times and I never quite connected white holes with the gateway of the Mystic Female, but I have to admit that when I began to grasp the filaments of science around the idea of a living, conscious, breathing Universe, it all fell into place.

[1] Programming the Universe:  A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos.  Lloyd, Seth.  March 2007

[2] Biggest in the Universe: Scientists Discover Black Holes Weighing 40 Billion Suns. RT.com.  December 2012.

[3] Is it Possible We’ve Found the First White Hole?  Io9.com.  May 2011.

[4] Tao Te Ching.  Lao Tzu.  Translated by Derek Lin.  2006.

[5] The Universe Near Us.  Dr. Stephen Hicks.

[6] Listening for the ‘birth cries’ of black holes.  BBC News. April 2010.

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Blonde Noncontentions

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I am blonde.

In fact, sometimes I look like an airhead, and sometimes I act like one.  This is done by design.  I enjoy having fun and seeing the bright side of life.  Why should I not dance in the sun?  Why can’t I laugh with the wind?  What is so wrong with throwing down the rag top of my convertible and go roaring down the freeway?  (In fact, I have been doing this for a long time and I swear, I will have a convertible of one kind or another for the rest of my driving life).

I am blonde because life is a crazy ride and we either cling to our tiny security bar and shut our eyes in fright or we open our eyes wide, scream like a banshee, and throw our arms up into the air even as we rush down towards the ground in an exhilarating rush of human ingenuity against gravity.  I don’t mind looking and acting the fool sometimes.  It really is the only way to live.

There is also a more important reason for my blondeness—to be noncontentious.  It allows me to be carefree and to say what I wish without looking too scary or too vicious.  I find that people tend to feel threatened if they think I am too smart, and often they will try to be derogatory or say things which they think will cut me down to size.  My typical response is agreement.  If someone wants to get in my face and tell me that I am  a clueless blonde female, I shrug—I smile—I say, “Yep, I’m blonde alright!” and off I go, dancing into the sunset.

Don’t fault me for this lackadaisical attitude.  Blame my teacher.

Lao Tzu told me:

Yield and remain whole
Bend and remain straight
Be low and become filled
Be worn out and become renewed
Have little and receive
Have much and be confused
Therefore the sages hold to the one as an example for the world
Without flaunting themselves—and so are seen clearly
Without presuming themselves—and so are distinguished
Without praising themselves—and so have merit
Without boasting about themselves—and so are lasting

Because they do not contend, the world cannot contend with them
What the ancients called “the one who yields and remains whole”
Were they speaking empty words?
Sincerity becoming whole, and returning to oneself

~ Tao Te Ching.  Chapter 22.  Translated by Derek Lin

So I analyze what he says, line by line, and I find that it is very hard to live without bending.  In fact, it’s far easier to simply bend and wait until the onslaught of whatever occurs to roll over me first before unbending and springing back unharmed, rather than going up against that force and snapping at the weakest points.

I know much of what I write can be debated endlessly.  I state my positions and shore them up with evidence or studies or convincing reasoning, but I will not get into raging debates.  If anyone has ever had the idea that it is possible to change someone’s mind by arguing with them, then that person has not been in enough fights.

That’s why I tend to avoid the various free-for-all forums, not because I do not have the ability to shout someone down, but because I have done so quite often in the past and know how much energy and time it wastes.  In the end, even if I have ‘won’ some hollow and brief victory, I will have done nothing to convince the person with whom I am having the discussion (argument) with.  All I will have done is prove that the person who shouts the loudest wins.

It took me ten years to learn this lesson.

So now, all I do is state my truth and let it be.

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Gentlemen’s Philosophy

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Sometimes, it’s not easy being a Tao Babe.  In fact, more often than not, it feels as if I am basically alone in a sea of humanity, all moving in one direction, all looking at one shining object in the distance.  There I am, standing still and breaking the flow of the movement, feeling singular, insulated.

I look around at all the people passing by and I think to myself, it would be so simple just to join the rest of the crowd and be like everyone else.  Go with the flow.  Join the parade.  After all, being like water means we should join in with all of life and everyone around us, yes?

Assimilate.  Imitate.  Duplicate.

Of course.

Silly me.

old sageAnd here I thought, being a Taoist was a life-long learning experience so that I could eventually turn into a sage.

<==  Like him.

Well, since I really don’t have a huge desire to look like him, I’ve been sort of reluctant to go through the accepted standard route of sage-cultivation, namely finding myself a sagely-looking sage and then spending all the time I could, learning from that one sage.

I figured I could learn Taoism on my own, discover my own path, be my own woman, and approach it on my own terms.

Why not?  We live in the age of information.  I might as well take advantage of the fact that we live in an extremely unique point in history where I could Google to find most things, and if Google couldn’t find what I needed, it could locate names of books for me which I could buy right off the internet.  I could then read all about it and discern for myself what I thought was the most relevant path for me to go.

Well that was what I did for several years.

I bought stacks and stacks of books about Taoism.  I read everything I could get my hands on that talked about the subject.  What I could not locate in English, I found in Vietnamese.  I dug and cross-checked and compared translations of the same books.  I took the various scattered ancient passages and reorganized them so that they made more sense to me.

Of the material that I found to be relevant, I read through some of the same passages over and over and over as I was trying to make sense of them.  I did this so many times that I actually memorized many of them.

Then, to increase my understanding of how others within the Taoist community thought about the matter, I tried to join Taoist conversational forums and the likes.

Oi…

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I knew I was at a serious disadvantage.  First of all, I really didn’t have any formal Taoist training.  Aside from the numerous translated works and a few deep and philosophical conversations with my spiritual brother, Derek Lin, I was on my own.

Also, most of the profound Taoists who were wandering in and out of those forums had been Taoists for decades, some had been Taoists all their lives.  I had only been at it for a few years.  I knew I lacked understanding of traditional Taoism, but I felt that I knew enough to hold my own in conversations regarding Taoism.  This did not seem to be the case.

Even though I took care to never pull anything out of thin air, some of those contacts did not end well.   I was constantly accused of making things up.  I tried to shore up my thoughts by drawing upon written documentation as much as I could.  I was quoting from classic Taoist and I Ching books, but I was told that my sources were either mythical in origin or flat out incorrect.  When I asked for the sources with which the other side was basing their arguments on, I was told that it did not come from written sources, only that which had to be observed from nature.

I was stumped.

So nature it had to be.  Since I couldn’t base my arguments on ancient Taoist texts, I went over to the scientific writings I had, which incorporated a combination of physics, astronomy, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.  Surely they would hold firm enough to maintain my foothold on such a slippery slope.  This did not turn out well either as I was then accused of being a New Age fool.

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It only took me a short while before I realized that I did not want to be a part of that community either.

So now that my particular brand of Taoism had turned into a one-woman show, I thought to myself, what the hell, I might as well go all out.  Forget trying to figure out what Taoism was suppose to be—I was going to forge a path and do something different.  Only…I was already doing this path forging without realizing I was doing it.

You see, because I didn’t have a perfect and straight path to follow, I accidentally ran into that strange situation where I was meandering all over the place.  I had been taking the I Ching teachings and mixing it in with the teachings of Lao Tzu.  I had inadvertently fused the two together, and in the process, I had done something which alienated the Taoists I was in contact with.   I was quoting material that wasn’t even within the scope of their daily Taoist conventionality.

I had tainted Taoism with material from the I Ching.  But I knew that there was a thread which ran through both philosophies and I was not going to sever that thread.  This was where the magic occurred, and this was how it happened.

Within a matter of weeks after I was introduced to Taoism, I discovered the magic of the I Ching.  The reason why I say it is magic is because the I Ching actually interacts with me.  It is not just a one-sided conversation where I can only receive information but cannot respond or interact with it.  The I Ching actually talks back.  It is the teacher, and I, the student, can ask it questions and it will respond in a very intelligent manner.

This is different when it comes to the Tao Te Ching.  As much as I study from the Tao Te Ching, there cannot be an interactive communication from a written text.  There is nothing wrong with this.  Books are, by their very nature, a one-sided conversation.  I was simply grabbing all the information that was available at my fingertips.  I wanted to know as much as I could about the subject matter, so I took in everything.

In my blog, I talk about the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching interchangeably, as though they are one and the same entity.  After all, they both talk about the yin and the yang.  They both talked about Heaven and Earth.  They were both philosophies of life that seemed to be steeped in the same cup of warm jasmine tea.  They seemed to be cut out of the same cloth.

But the truth is, there is a difference between the two.

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The difference between Taoism and I Ching is that one was the precursor of the other.  The I Ching is old—so old that most people have no clue where it came from.  There is a span of over two-thousand years between me and Lao Tzu, and there was a span of at least two thousand years (if not far far more) between Lao Tzu and the I Ching.

Think about that.  The sages who wrote the I Ching are just as ancient to Lao Tzu as he is to me today.  Lao Tzu gathered the knowledge of the I Ching and then created a philosophy which would be applicable to the royalty who had to run an entire kingdom.  After a certain amount of time, this philosophy became Taoism.

The I Ching, which everyone thinks is just a fortune-telling device, is actually a teacher of philosophy.  The philosophy of the I Ching is not solely for the purpose of running a country or a region.  It is more generalized, and in its generalized nature, it allows for a broader, more liberal interpretation.  It is less regal, more common—common in the sense that it could be used by the common people of society who were not of royal blood.

My people certainly knew about the I Ching philosophy.  They called it Đạo Kinh Dịch (I Ching philosophy) but they also know of it as Đạo Của Người Quân Tử (The Gentlemen’s Philosophy).

Well, I thought that was rather elitist and sexist.  Does that mean women aren’t allowed to partake in philosophical discourse?  Does that mean there is a separate Gentlewomen’s Philosophy?  And if there was such a Philosophy, what would it be?

Why…it would be called Taobabeism, that’s what it would be called.  It would be a combination of the I Ching philosophy and present-day Taoism based from the Tao Te Ching, and it would be specifically tailored for women, to nurture women, and to develop sages that don’t look like that old man with white hair depicted above.

The modern-day sage of Taobabeism would look like this:

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Axiom of the Tao

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Chapter 14 – Tao Te Ching

Look at it, it cannot be seen
It is called colorless
Listen to it, it cannot be heard
It is called noiseless
Reach for it, it cannot be held
It is called formless
These three cannot be completely unraveled
So they are combined in to one

Above it, not bright
Below it, not dark
Continuing endlessly, cannot be named
It returns back into nothingness
Thus it is called the form of the formless
The image of the imageless
This is called enigmatic
Confront it, its front cannot be seen
Follow it, its back cannot be seen

Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom  

~  Lao Tzu  (as translated by Derek Lin)

 

In my previous post, Axiom: Self-evident Truth, I talked about the meaning of the word Axiom, and I talked about how truths change over time, as human knowledge and awareness grows and develops.  Since we all co-create the reality we find ourselves immersed in, that which appears within our collective minds as the currently accepted axiom of truth will shape what we experience at the moment of reality that we pass through in time.

This means that, for example, if we all decide that the Moon Axiom embodies the story of the moon goddess, Hằng Nga, then it would be the truth because we have made it so, and in doing so, we have used our minds to explain the world around us in a figurative fashion.  Once our understanding grows, our Moon Axiom shifts into a whole new dimension and we are again, able to explain the workings of the world around us, this time, in a more informed and more literal sense.

I have no doubt that once we have attained frequent and easy space flight, when trips to the moon are as common as a flight to Denver International Airport, we will have even more insights into the Moon Axiom, furthering the truths which will allow for a much clearer understanding of the future model of our Moon Axiom.  We will yet again, be able to shift into another paradigm of understanding whereby our future selves will laugh at our current understanding of the Moon Axiom, just as we laugh at the previous generations’ understanding of the Moon Axiom.

Stay with me here.

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I am belaboring this concept because I want to point out that this is a holographic way of looking at axioms.  Remember in my previous post, Holographic Nature of Our Existence, when I talked about the features that holograms exhibit?  Well, one of the important features of a hologram is that it can be broken into small pieces but it will still show the entire image, albeit a bit grainier and less clear than if the whole holographic plate is used to create the hologram.  Likewise, the more pieces of truth we gather about the moon, the clearer the Moon Axiom will appear to us, but missing a few pieces here and there is not going to make the moon unrecognizable.  Granted, it will show a grainy image of the moon in the perspective of the piece that is currently being viewed, but the fundamentals will be there.

Wait a minute, you may think.  That doesn’t sound right.  How does a fairy tale about Hằng Nga have any resemblance to the dusty spherical satellite that revolves around Earth?  Of course, the answer is, it doesn’t.  What it does have though, is the beginnings of a method of explanation about a nightly-occurring phenomenon that is cartoony and in primary colors because that is how one teaches young children to view the world.

We don’t start kindergartners off with complex formulas for the dimensions and distance of the moon in regards to the Earth and the Sun.  We start them off with metaphors and easy to grasp stories to develop their natural state of curiosity and creativity.  We start with basic shapes, accessible cartoon-like characters, and simple language to explain simple concepts.  As the child progresses in development, the stories get more complex, the images more realistic, the mathematics more advanced.  The absolute blacks and whites become more defined, a multitude of shades of grey become visible, allowing for a more complex, less distorted image to be revealed.

Alongside this more complex and clearer picture, the student eventually comes to the crashing realization that the fairy tales that have been told throughout the ages are only there to move the student along to a higher level of understanding.  The happily-ever-after ending so often parodied quite possibly may not end in that happy, happy, joy, joy fashion.  There may be a darker side to the bright and shining truth, nay, there MUST be a darker side that exists, as surely as the Tao has a yin and a yang, because that is how the universe exists.

I drew an analogy between the Moon Axiom and the Tao Axiom so that I could make a parallel that would be meaningful to the Tao Axiom and what it could possibly mean to the ancients who apparently knew what the Tao Axiom actually was.  So let me pull those questions I had asked earlier back out into the open so that we can digest it further.

What does Tao Axiom mean?
Tao Axiom means the Self-evident Truth about the Tao.

Is the Tao of the ancients the same as the Tao of the modern-day Taobabes?
Obviously not, since the Ancients operate on a different level of truth that the modern-day Taobabes (or anybody else, for that matter) have not yet reached.  The ancients had more pieces of the Tao hologram plate than we do.  Peering through a tiny shard shows us a fuzzy image of the whole.  Add to that our relative youth and inexperience and we are barely seeing amorphous cartoon blobs of primary colors moving about to try to attract our attention and to get our eyes to learn how to focus properly.

Can we really wield the Tao of the ancients?
Sure!  Once we grow out of childhood and into our godhood, we will be able to wield the Tao of the ancients.  It is our birthright, but as with all birthrights, we have to learn how to wield it and also earn the right to do so before it can be entrusted into our care.  How can an entire universe be turned over to ones such as we if we cannot even maintain the little romper room that is Earth?  Our little planet was not called The Planet of the Children for no reason.  We still have much to learn about our own treatment towards one another, and we still have to figure out how to keep Earth from convulsing in our toxicity.

Were the ancients’ scientific knowledge so vast that they didn’t even bother to have to go through the proof work of the Tao Axiom?
Yes.  And even if they wanted to, how could they possibly describe 248 dimensions of reality to those who have barely begun to explore the basics of electromagnetic, gravity, and time?  The proof work could only be explained once the scientific and spiritual knowledge of the student has reached a level that would be adequate to grasp the material.  Good news is—we are rapidly reaching that point where knowledge begins to burst forth in rapid successions, each growing from previous knowledge, gaining speed and traction as other points of knowledge converge and exponentially expand.  With the oncoming tide of quantum computing, we will crawl out from under the Stone, Bronze, Iron, and Steel age, to rise into the Diamond Age where we can manipulate atoms at will, and in the process, truly wield the Tao of the ancients.

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Axiom: Self-evident Truth

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There is no need to prove that the moon exists.  It is self-evident.  It comes out every night in varying shapes for about 28 days and then it’s gone for the remaining three days or so.  Its cycle is so regular, I can calculate my menses to it.  The tides are affected by the moon.  Animals time their routine activities around moon cycles.  Indeed, some animals actually use the moon cycles to have moonlight sex, so in a sense, they have a sexual relationship with the moon.  We can say that there is a Moon Axiom.

ax·i·om
1. a self-evident truth that requires no proof.
2. a universally accepted principle or rule.
3. Logic, Mathematics . a proposition that is assumed without proof for the sake of studying the consequences that follow from it.  ~  Dictionary.com

Axiom
An axiom is a premise or starting point of reasoning. As classically conceived, an axiom is a premise so evident as to be accepted as true without controversy.[1] The word comes from the Greek ἀξίωμα ‘that which is thought worthy or fit,’ or ‘that which commends itself as evident.’[2][3] As used in modern logic, an axiom is simply a premise or starting point for reasoning.[4] Axioms define and delimit the realm of analysis. In other words, an axiom is a logical statement that is assumed to be true. Therefore, its truth is taken for granted within the particular domain of analysis, and serves as a starting point for deducing and inferring other (theory and domain dependent) truths. An axiom is defined as a mathematical statement that is accepted as being true without a mathematical proof.  ~  Wikipedia.org

Given that the word ‘axiom’ means ‘self-evident’ without the need for proof, mathematical or otherwise, it is quite amazing to me that it would be found in the last line of Chapter 14, from an extremely literal translation of the Tao Te Ching written by Derek Lin.

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 14

Look at it, it cannot be seen
It is called colorless
Listen to it, it cannot be heard
It is called noiseless
Reach for it, it cannot be held
It is called formless
These three cannot be completely unraveled
So they are combined in to one

Above it, not bright
Below it, not dark
Continuing endlessly, cannot be named
It returns back into nothingness
Thus it is called the form of the formless
The image of the imageless
This is called enigmatic
Confront it, its front cannot be seen
Follow it, its back cannot be seen

Wield the Tao of the ancients
To manage the existence of today
One can know the ancient beginning
It is called the Tao Axiom  ~ Lao Tzu

So what does Tao Axiom mean?  And is the Tao of the ancients the same as the Tao of the modern-day Taobabes?  Can we really wield the Tao of the ancients?  Were the ancients’ scientific knowledge so vast that they didn’t even bother to have to go through the proof work of the Tao, and simply said, ‘eh, it’s the Tao Axiom.  It’s so self-evident, why would we even bother to try and explain it?”

But that’s like saying to one of my ancestors from four-thousand years ago, “Eh, no worries.  The moon is just a satellite that revolves around the Earth due to gravitational forces which keeps it circling around us—no biggie deal.  It’s just a Moon Axiom.”

Lacking a broader knowledge base to draw further conclusions from, I imagine they would simply shake their heads and think I am an ignorant and crazy witch for not understanding the truth about the moon goddess, Hằng Nga. Hadn’t anybody told me about the story of that beautiful courtesan who lived in a castle far above the skies, out in the endless depths of space?

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Her days were endless delights.  She roamed about the sky palace, doing wonderful things, learning about the heavens, playing with other courtesans, and serving the Royal Sky Emperor.

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Unfortunately, Hằng Nga was not just quick-witted, she was also quite mischievous, and so one day, she did something that so sorely displeased a superior officer, she was sent down to Earth to redeem herself.  As a space-faring member, she was different from the locals, both physically and mentally.  Her great beauty and unique ideology caught the eyes of a mortal king.

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He married her, but in the course of their marriage, she did something which enraged him.  She swallowed a single immortality pill, the only one that the king had, which he had gone to great pains to acquire.  There ensued a great chase, which caused Hằng Nga to jump out of a window at the top of the castle turret.  However, instead of falling to the ground, she flew upwards and was captured by a bright orb which took her to the bright full moon above.

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She is said to be currently residing on the moon.  But who knows…

In any case, I still need to answer those questions I posed earlier.  Those questions will be addressed in my post Axiom of the Tao.

As Above, So Below

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When I was seven, I found out from my older sister’s science book that the solar system looks like this.

I thought to myself.  Ooooohhhh!  That’s awesome!  I was jealous because my science book didn’t have cool pictures like this.  All my science book had were pictures of katydids and stick bugs.  I read through the entire science text book in a matter of a couple of days hoping to find more interesting things.  I did learn about the nature of sunflowers following the sun around, and acorns which grew into acorn trees (but we have to call them oak trees to appease the indigenous population…I think…not sure).  I couldn’t wait to grow up and learn from the third grade science books.

As it turns out, this picture is all wrong any way.  I wasn’t missing much, that’s for sure.

When I was ten, I found out that the atom looked like this.

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I thought, woooooow!!!  So cool.

I found out that everything was made up of these atoms and the first thing I thought was, there’s so much space in between the nucleus and all the electrons.  How does it feel so solid when there is that much space?

As usual, I read through the entire book within a matter of days to see if I could find the answer to that and a host of other questions, and then spent the next ten months doodling on the edges making cartoons run around the pages as I’m flipping through them.  That’s what artists do when we’re bored.  We decorate our environment with our thoughts.

In this case, it was perfectly OK to draw all over the book.  This diagram is all wrong any way.

Fast-forward roughly ten years later and I’m flipping through a strange ancient text written by Hermes Trismegistus (aka his birth name Ningishzida) called The Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus.  It was an amazing text.  I was hooked on Hermes’ mind.  I thought he was the sexiest man alive (well…maybe not alive since he’s been dead for quite awhile).

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m no Hermetic Babe.  It’s not that I don’t believe that what the Hermetics believe is incorrect.  Au contraire!  I think his teachings are very valid, and as far as ancient knowledge goes, it is no secret that we are now barely rediscovering lost information from distant past.  I just happen to identify more with Taoism because I am Asian, and the most wonderful thing about Taoism is that it does not preclude my learning about the way from other sources.  There is much to learn from the Bible and the Koran and the Vedas.  There is also much to learn from the ancient texts of Egyptian and Sumerian tablets.  I dig them all.

So, back to the Emerald Tablet.

green tablet

Due to the fact that it was written on a stone tablet, the work only had 14 lines.  However, those 14 lines are quite dense and takes awhile to digest.  Here is the Arabic translation, taken from the Kitab Sirr al-Khaliqa wa San`at al-Tabi`a (“Book of the Secret of Creation and the Art of Nature”), dated between 650 and 830 AD and attributed to Apollonius of Tyana.  This is as close as we mere mortals are going to get to the original text.

Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus

  1. It contains an accurate commentary that can’t be doubted.
  2. It states: What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above. The work of wonders is from One.
  3. And all things sprang from this essence through a single projection. How marvelous is its work! It is the principle [sic] part of the world and its custodian.
  4. Its father is the sun and its mother is the moon. Thus the wind bore it within it and the earth nourished it.
  5. Father of talismans and keeper of wonders.
  6. Perfect in power that reveals the lights.
  7. It is a fire that became our earth. Separate the earth from the fire and you shall adhere more to that which is subtle than that which is coarse, through care and wisdom.
  8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven. It extracts the lights from the heights and descends to the earth containing the power of the above and the below for it is with the light of the lights. Therefore the darkness flees from it.
  9. The greatest power overcomes everything that is subtle and it penetrates all that is coarse.
  10. The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the formation of the macrocosm.
  11. The scholars made this their path.
  12. This is why Thrice Hermes was exalted with wisdom.
  13. This is his last book that he hid in the catacomb.

Immediately, several lines sprang up and grabbed me.  The first one is line 2:  What is the above is from the below and the below is from the above. The work of wonders is from One.  The next line which caught my eyes is line 10:  The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the formation of the macrocosm.  There it is again!  Ningishzida had a tiny little tablet to write important stuff on, and this concept was so important that he wrote it twice!  Basically, what he’s telling us is that we only need to look at what’s around us to understand what’s above us.  All this sounds very similar to another famous quotation from the Christian Bible in the book of Matthew 6:10:  Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.

So this is the big secret…so big that people have been killed to try and silence this knowledge.  Entire libraries are destroyed to keep this knowledge from being common-place.  Holy books are wholesale hacked and slashed to remove this information from the general public.  The secret is:  As above, so below.

Ancient Taoist Sages take this one step further.  Since humans are a part of the universe, what is inside of us is also mirrored above and below; therefore, As within, so without.   This knowledge has always been within us.  We just need to look within to find it.  Taoists of ancient times understood the microcosm of humans mirror the microcosm of atoms and the macrocosm of the universe.  Lao Tzu’s prescription for the remembering of the knowledge has always been to look within to understand the external world, both great and small.

Tao Te Ching:  Chapter 47

Without going out the door, know the world
Without peering out the window, see the Heavenly Tao
The further one goes
The less on knows
Therefore the sage
Knows without going
Names without seeing
Achieves without striving.

~ Lao Tzu

So we look at the natural world and what do we see?  We see this:

Evian 064 vortex flowerfunnel cloudvortex seashellvortex cabbagedna vortexRose Of GalaxiesFibonacci spiral hurricane Sandy norway_spiral

All the most powerful, most stable natural structures are vortexes.  So why would we think that our solar system would be a flat spinning plate?  Why would we think our atoms would be flat plates consisting of a nucleus and some electrons spinning around it?

It doesn’t.  We do not live in a two-dimensional world.  In fact, we live in a multi-dimensional world, but we can only see in 3D because of our perceived limitations.  Our 3D bodies do no preclude us from seeing vortexes in the natural world, so when a vortex occurs, we see them as tornadoes, hurricanes, flowers, seashells, even whole galaxies.  From the micro to the macro, they are all vortexes.

Atoms look like this:

atom

Our solar system looks like this:

All of Life, which includes the Universe and all her suns, is a swirling vortex of energy.  From atoms to galaxies, everything is swirling and generating energy at the vortex of the spiral.  There is energy swirling all around us and within us.  We just need to figure out how to tap into this energy and reclaim our birthright.