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Mirrors

 

Art: ‘Not To Be Reproduced’  by René Magritte

A mirror’s ultimate purpose is to reflect. It’s existence is based merely on what it reflects. It IS what it’s reflection is. Until it’s gone. And then it is a mirror. The essence of mirrors is to be a surface for reflection; the one of looking, and the one of thinking.

Mirrors for me have always been a doorway to another world. Like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, so do mirrors reflect our essence. I feel they contain the past, they keep the memory of consciousness protected and hidden, until someone is ready to ‘see’.

I was going to write a post about Mirrors but I couldn’t resist sharing Cirlot’s explanation of them in ‘A Dictionary of Symbols’:

Mirror As a symbol, it has the same characteristics as the mirror in fact; the temporal and existential variety of its function provides the explanation of its significance and at the same time the diversity of its meaningful associations. It has been said that it is a symbol of the imagination—or of consciousness—in its capacity to reflect the formal reality of the visible world. It has also been related to thought, in so far as thought—for Scheler and other philosophers—is the instrument of self-contemplation as well as the reflection of the universe. This links mirror-symbolism with water as a reflector and with the Narcissus myth: the cosmos appears as a huge Narcissus regarding his own reflections in the human consciousness. Now, the world, as a state of discontinuity affected by the laws of change and substitution, is the agent which projects this quasinegative, kaleidoscopic image of appearance and disappearance reflected in the mirror. From the earliest times, the mirror has been thought of as ambivalent. It is a surface which reproduces images and in a way contains and absorbs them. In legend and folklore, it is frequently invested with a magic quality—a mere hypertrophic version of its fundamental meaning. In this way it serves to invoke apparitions by conjuring up again the images which it has received at some time in the past, or by annihilating distances when it reflects what was once an object facing it and now is far removed. This fluctuation between the ‘absent’ mirror and the ‘peopled* mirror lends it a kind of phasing, feminine in implication, and hence —like the fan—it is related to moon-symbolism. Further evidence that the mirror is lunar is afforded by its reflecting and passive characteristics, for it receives images as the moon receives the light of the sun. Again, its close relationship to the moon is demonstrated by the fact that among the primitives it was seen as a symbol of the multiplicity of the soul: of its mobility and its ability to adapt itself to those objects which ‘visit’ it and retain its ‘interest’. At times, it takes the mythic form of a door through which the soul may free itself ‘passing’ to the other side: this is an idea reproduced by Lewis Carroll in Alice Through the Looking Glass. This alone is sufficient explanation of the custom of covering up mirrors or turning them to face the wall on certain occasions, in particular when someone in the house dies. All that we have said so far by no means exhausts the complex symbolism of the mirror: like the echo, it stands for twins (thesis and antithesis), and specifically for the sea of flames (or life as an infirmity). For Loeffler, mirrors are magic symbols for unconscious memories (comparable with crystal palaces). Hand-mirrors, in particular, are emblems of truth, and in China they are supposed to have an allegorical function as aids to conjugal happiness as well as a protection against diabolical influences. Some Chinese legends tell of ‘the animals in the mirror’. 


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Initiation, Elisabeth Haich

Salome by Gustave Moreau.

Salome by Gustave Moreau.

Elisabeth Haich (1897-1994) was a hungarian born author and spiritual teacher. In 1941, with the help of Selvarajan Yusidan, she founded the first european Yoga school in Budapest. After World War II, they had to close it down and she fled to Switzerland where she founded another Yoga school there.

Her books are an insight to the themes of past lives and spirituality as a total, detailing events of her early life in Hungary, as well as details of past lives, including her initiation in the Pyramid by Ptahotep, in ancient Egypt.

The Truths that are found reading between lines are the eternal truths of Humanity. The Divine residing in all of us has to be awakened from the dormant state, and we must break the illusion of separateness to, once again, attain unity, or Yoga, with everything that there is, and will ever be.

Teachings of Hermes Trismegistus, ancient egyptian philosophy, mathematics, astrology, Buddhist, Tantra and Zen philosophies, as well as Judeo-Christian beliefs, are all imbeded in her texts, making it a complete compound of profound wisdom that might as well open our minds to our own truths.

Here are some quotes from her amazing book, Initiation by Elisabeth Haich. Enjoy!

“All the Sons of God have always brought and always will bring the same truth into different parts of the earth, but people will interpret it differently depending on the characteristics of their race and their degree of development. These different interpretations, as they get passed on to later generations, will give rise to different religions all springing from the same truths. One and the same Son of God will reincarnate himself at different times and in different places of the earth in order to proclaim the highest truth to humanity. And, from the same truth proclaimed by the same spirit, people in different parts of the earth will develop different religions. Because of such differences arising merely from human ignorance, people will make war upon each other, trying to send each other to hell ‘in the name of God’.”

“Because man has fallen out of his divine consciousness, he can only imagine God in accordance with his own personal power of understanding. How can he know what the real, living divinity is like in its perfection when his power of imagination only corresponds to the level he personally stands on, separated as he is from unity, and having fallen as he has from divinity? How can the finite understand the infinite, the mortal the immortal, the temporal the eternal? How can an imaginary being understand experience and become identical with the eternal, true being – God?”

“Eternity is the eternal present; infinity is the eternal future which can never be reached and never becomes present. Eternity never had a beginning and thus will never have an end. Eternity is timeless present which has no past nor future. Infinity, however, means a falling out of eternity into the future, without a present!”

“In happiness there is no time: our consciousness stands still; the concept of time disappears. Only when happiness is over do we suddenly realize that while our consciousness was hovering timelessly in the eternal present, time was rushing onward. Time begins with our fall from happiness, from paradise. But unhappiness too knows no time, for the more unhappy we feel, the slower time goes by; minutes seem hours, and in our moments of deepest despair, when sufferings and torture are unbearable, every moment becomes an infinity; time freezes! Oh, how right Satan is! The highest and the lowest are alike as two twins, just like reality and its reflection, appearance. Happiness is timeless eternity, and the opposite, unhappiness, is endless time – infinity!”

“Oh, you wonderful, wonderful sea! Beloved sea, always the same, understanding everything, experiencing everything and surviving everything! Oh, you dear friend, you who have listened so often to me tell you of my pains and joys and sorrows… listened so understandingly… and offered me the consolation of your infinity and eternity… your uplifting consolation surpasses everything human! You are here – you are here again – you are always here, unchanged, and I can look into your depths again, listen to your waves as they tell about eternity…”

 


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Arch of Triumph

Triumphal Arch by Edouard Cortes

Triumphal Arch by Edouard Cortes

Here is an extract of one of my favourite novels, Arch of Triumph by Erich Maria Remarque. Delight yourselves in this marvelous reading. Enjoy!

” He bent over her. He felt her trembling.

“Joan,” he said. “Don’t think about anything and don’t ask any questions. Do you see the light of the street lamps and the thousand colored signs out there? We are living in a dying age and this city quivers with life. We are torn from everything and we have nothing left but our hearts. I was in the land of the moon and I’ve come back, and here you are and you are life. Don’t ask anything more. There are more secrets in your hair than in a thousand questions. Here before us is the night, a few hours and an eternity, until the morning rumbles against the windows. That people love each other is everything; a marvel and the most obvious tiling in the world, this is what I felt today when the night melted away into a flowering bush and the wind smelled of strawberries and without love one is only a dead man in a furlough, nothing but a scrap of paper with a few dates and a chance name on it and one might as well die_”

The light from the street lamps swept through the window of the taxi like the circling beam of a lighthouse through the darkness of a ship’s cabin. Joan’s eyes were alternately very translucent and very dark in her pale face. “We shall not die,” she whispered in Ravic’s arms.

“No. Not we. Only time. Damned time. It always dies. We live. We always live. When you wake up it is spring and when you go to sleep it is fall and a thousand times in between it is winter and summer, and when we love each other enough we are immortal and indestructible like the heartbeat and the rain and the wind, and that is much. Day by day we are conquerors, beloved, and year by year we are defeated, but who wants to realize that and to whom does it matter? The hour is life, the moment is closest to eternity, your eyes glisten, star dust trickles through infinity, gods can age, but your mouth is young, the enigma trembles between us, the You and Me, Call and Answer, out of evenings, out of dusks, out of the ecstasies of all lovers, pressed from the remotest cries of brutal lust into golden storms, the endless road from the amoeba to Ruth and Esther and Helen and Aspasia, to blue Madonnas in chapels on the road, from jungle and animal to you, to you…” “


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Doubling Time Theory and Quantum Mysticism

If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” – Niels Bohr.

I must confess I just ran across this amazing  french physicist, Jean-Pierre Garnier Malet, father of the Doubling Time Theory, and I can assure you it has summarized perfectly a lot of the theories that comprise quantum mysticism, giving me the perfect excuse to speak about it.

In 1988, Malet discovered that time can double itself. Or in his own words, “the doubling of time is actually the doubling of the perception of time.” His discovery was endorsed in 2006 by the american scientific magazine American Institute of Physics of New York. This amazing discovery not only permits us explain and apply it to the planetary spheres, but also to human thoughts and life in general.

Malet affirms that not only can time double itself, but also us, human beings, in what he calls our “quantum double” or “quantum self”. In his theory, human beings are also energy centers that can project themselves into the future. His theory relies upon the basis that in each given second of conscious experience, there is an infinite number of other unconscious possibilities not manifesting themselves right now. Between two perceptible moments, our brain only grasps intermittent images leaving behind an imperceptible one in between.

As he sees it, we can use this in our favor to release suffering, as we unconsciously always receive a certain amount of information from the history of the future possibilities, and apply it to the present instant.

The phenomenon of splitting time, as a result, gives us the man who lives in the real time and the man who lives in the quantum time; an imperceptible time with several potential states: the best one is stored and transmitted to the real time. There is an exchange of information between the present self, and the quantum self, that permits us anticipate the present through the memory of the future.

Thoughts are energy, they move energy in time and space. How to apply this in our everyday lives? For Malet that is simple and he summarizes it like this: “Do not think of others in a way you don’t want them to think about you.”

Does this sound familiar? To me it did. Suddenly all that information in my head about Buddhism, Vedanta, Tantra, the study of ancient cultures and civilizations, and the ancient sacred texts came to my mind. They all say the same thing, again and again. Buddha’s teaching resounding in my head; “what you think, you become.”

It is not new that quantum mechanics is slowly proving ancient teachings to be correct. Even David Bohm, the american theoretical physicist, was deeply influenced by Jiddu Krishnamurti. In On Creativity, he wrote of Krishnamurti, “I got to know Krishnamurti in the early sixties. I became interested around that time in understanding the whole thing more deeply. I felt that he was suggesting that it is possible for a human being to have some kind of contact with this whole. I don’t think he would want to use ‘God’ because of its limited associations.” Also, in his book My view of the world, Shrödinger outlined his mystical and metaphysical view as derived from Hindu Vedanta philosophy. And there are infinite examples of this all around if you look for them.

And this brings us directly to quantum mysticism, term that emerged from the founders of quantum theory and described as the mystical interpretations of quantum physics. But as usual, not included as a scientific, empirical branch of Science.

I always thought that people were really impatient when it comes to science. They want science to explain every single detail of their surroundings, and of their own experiences, and they want it now, in their own lifetime span. It is as if they don’t trust something to exist, if it is not empirically proven in a laboratory.  Understanding, knowledge, and true wisdom, can only come from respect to one’s own thoughts and feelings. How else? There is no absolute truth, there is not even an absolute reality, only pieces that each of us use to create our own puzzles of life.

I encourage you to investigate, to research, to read and learn, and most importantly, to experience life in its fullest potential. I encourage you to not believe anything of it if it doesn’t feel right for you. Find what does, or make it up! Every person has his or her own path, and none of them can ever be wrong.

One last recommendation if you liked Garnier Malet’s Doubling Time Theory. Please watch the movie Mr. Nobody, by director Jaco Van Dormael.