I Ching Sphere (Part 7): Putting It All Together

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(…continued from I Ching Sphere (Part 6): Levels 4, 5, 6)

Slicing up an entity, no matter the size, will always result in a distorted image of said entity.  There is no way to represent it as it is, when it exists in small bits and pieces of itself.  I sliced up the I Ching so that I could show the mathematical formula for the representation of the I Ching in its basic form and the slices look like this.

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This is the 2D representation of the I Ching in slices.  Of course, we are only doing this as a thought experiment.  We want the I Ching to be formed in the way that it should be so we need to put it all back together.

When it is in one piece (more or less), we get a 3D-looking representation.  It looks like this:

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But even this does not quite do it justice because it is still just a 2D representation of a 3D model.  So I have to find something that looks more like this:

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Unfortunately, even this 2D representation of a 3D structure falls short because as I previously mentioned, it is not a 3D structure.  It is a 6D structure.  Since I can’t represent six dimensions on a two-dimensional surface, all I can do is give you a picture of one portion of one side of the entity.

This is like viewing a small section of an elephant butt and trying to visualize the elephant.

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It can’t be done.

We open up our shutter lens as far as we can and we see the wrinkled skin of the elephant, with a small swishing portion of a tail.  All of a sudden, we get whacked on the head by a trunk, but we don’t see the tail moving so we think it’s a ‘trunk god’ hitting us over the head.  In reality, it is the trunk that belongs to the elephant whose tail we are scrutinizing that hit us because we have gotten too close for his comfort.

Einstein calls it the “spooky action at a distance” aka ‘entanglement’.

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That is why Lao Tzu said that the Tao that can be spoken is not the eternal Tao.  We can’t truly describe an entity that is more than 3D (well, we could, but only mathematically, and even then…) so anything that we can draw or form in our physical 3D world would only be a tiny aspect of the whole.

Add to this the added complication of movement and we are screwed.  You see, just as nothing stands still, neither does the I Ching.  It is constantly moving through space and time, so it is not spinning like a dinner plate on the table.  It is not even spinning like a marble on the table.  It is actually flying through space, so the movement will be a vortex movement more like this:

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This is a little closer, but in showing the motion, I lost the detail.  See what a bitch this is to represent?  Let me get back into to the detail.

This is a bit more like it.  Keep in mind that in this diagram, I only show two iterations of what should be continuous and endless:

Wavenest

The I Ching looks like the yinyang or taichi symbol at a standstill, but when it is moving through space, it is basically a moving wavenest, an infinitely vibration that is emanating centrifugally and centripetally from a center which,  when reaching the limit of the field, it reverses polarity and returns to the source.

In one of my previous post, As Above, So Below, I stated that the I Ching is a fractal, as described by all the various cool dudes of philosophy, including that hella sexy Ningishzida when he wrote in his green tablet, ‘The formation of the microcosm is in accordance with the formation of the macrocosm’.  This means that it not only does the I Ching’s formations work at the tiny nanoscopic level, it also works on a big scale.  How big you say?  Let me ask you this.

How big you wanna go?

In an effort to capture an image of this formation in the physical world on a macro scale, scientists have managed to provide us this image of the 6DF Galaxy Survey:

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This is the entirety of it.

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Remember, each dot is NOT a sun.  Each dot is a GALAXY.

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Ugh!

My head aches.  Time for a coffee break.  I’ll see you guys in my next post.

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Yi Globe. Jozsef Drasny.  Budapest. 2007

The Teikemeier/Drasny Sphere.  Dr Andreas Schöter. 2012

6DF Galaxy Survey

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.