[This is the intro to a three part series that will be walking through some of the most considerable modern discoveries along with reimagined understandings from the past which together are sparking an ever-growing belief in a holographic reality]
Existence as a hologram is a notion that’s often hard to grasp. Which is why, first and foremost, it seems best to draw attention to the fact that the term hologram is simply the most suitable bit of language we have to describe the reality which more and more studies and observations would seem to point to. To say that it’s holographic might be akin to saying that chocolate is brown.
In Hinduism, remarkably enough, an attempt to describe this same outlook on reality is made using a visualization they termed Indra’s web. Our world and our existence can be likened to a great web filling a multi-dimensional space in which every joint has a jewel where one can look closely and see the reflection of every other jewel in the web.
Their teaching device makes for a beautifully informative peak at the holographic aspect of reality, and if you’re unfamiliar with this area of thought, it’s nice to keep it in mind as a growing visualization. As we’ll get into later, Hinduism is one of many ancient traditions that had an incredible understanding of what our latest scientific potentials are only now revealing, and Indra’s web is one of their starting points to help someone begin to conceptualize our reality: it’s a wonderful cornerstone, but far from a structure.
A holographic reality—and, again, that’s simply the closest term—is a troublesome notion to get your hands on because it seems to directly defy what humans come to know of reality as they grow in it and deepen their experience with it ever-further. It’s solid, and there’s space between objects, and you can only be immediately familiar with what your base senses can take in from around you.
Coming to terms with holographic principles, among other things, means realizing the perplexing manner in which nothing is solid, that there is no space, and that you are in touch with all aspects of our confined cosmos.
It’s a tricky change, though life is certainly not meant to be easy. If anything, it appears designed to be challenging and obfuscating.
The Holographic Nature of our Consciousness
From the 1920’s through to the 1940’s, an american medical doctor by the name of Karl Lashley conducted a number of experiments in an effort to determine the nature of memory and consciousness.
In one such experiment, Dr. Lashley taught a trick to a rat then removed a portion of its brain, after which he checked to see if the rat could still perform the trick. The idea behind this clearly being to find where in the brain the information for this trick was being stored.
However, after methodically removing every section of the brain, Dr. Lashley discovered that the trick was never lost. Information wasn’t being stored in a single area, as had been expected. And it was this revelation which forced Dr. Lashley to view information as being dispersed and stored all throughout the brain—at least for the time being.
The startling nature of the findings appeared to have stolen his interest, for Dr. Lashley went on to pour his time into the same area of research; more than likely with the hope of clarifying some of the confusion he’d stirred up. Though his later results would do little in terms of a resolution. As each successive study was completed, the baffling nature of the mind appeared only to grow.
“MONKEYS WERE TRAINED TO OPEN VARIOUS LATCH BOXES. THE MOTOR AREAS (OF THE BRAIN) WERE THEN REMOVED… WHEN SUFFICIENTLY RECOVERED, THEY WERE TESTED AND OPENED THE BOXES PROMPTLY WITHOUT RANDOM EXPLORATORY MOVEMENTS… REMOVAL OF THE MOTOR AREAS DID NOT PRODUCE A LOSS OF MEMORY FOR THE MOVEMENTS (LASHLEY, 1924).”
“INCISIONS WERE MADE THROUGH THE CORTEX AND UNDERLYING FIBRES OF THE RAT’S BRAIN SUCH AS TO SEVER THE VISUAL AREAS MORE OR LESS COMPLETELY FROM THE MOTOR REGIONS OF THE BRAIN… (THE TEST THEN GIVEN) IS THE MOST DIFFICULT VISUAL GENERALIZATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TEACH THE RAT. ANIMALS WITH INCISIONS… WERE ABLE TO LEARN THIS REACTION AS QUICKLY AS DID NORMAL CONTROLS (LASHLEY, 1942B).”
“I REMOVED THE GREATER PART OF THIS BAND OF CORTEX SURROUNDING THE VISUAL AREAS FROM FIVE MONKEYS… THIS OPERATION ALMOST CERTAINLY DESTROYED ALL THE RELAY CONNECTIONS ACROSS THE CORTEX FROM THE MACULAR FIELDS. IT PRODUCED NO LOSS OF VISUAL HABITS BASED ON DISCRIMINATION OF THE COLOUR, BRIGHTNESS, OR FORM OF OBJECTS (LASHLEY, 1948)”
“SUCH RESULTS ARE CERTAINLY PUZZLING. THEY LEAVE US WITH ALMOST NO UNDERSTANDING OF THE FUNCTION OF THE ASSOCIATIVE FIBRES WHICH EXTEND ACROSS FROM ONE PART OF THE CORTEX TO ANOTHER. THE RESULTS ARE DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT, YET THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY VARIOUS OTHER LINES OF EVIDENCE.”
Dr. Lashley then goes on to name a number of other experiments, some involving humans, in which supposedly detrimental damage is done to the brain only for the patient to then show no corresponding effect, even in cases where the fibers connecting the two hemispheres of the brain were severed.
At this point, some attention is needed for a key aspect of our mortal consciousness which grasping is quite crucial in order to move forward; this is the understanding that consciousness does not reside within our skulls.
If this is an idea you’re strictly opposed to, perhaps try to humor it as being able to use it as some ground to stand on helps immensely in grasping some of the more abstract components of the larger theory that a holographic understanding builds to. If this is something you’ve come to terms with, and you have your own way of understanding it, that works fine: the important thing is a simple acceptance or willingness to play along.
Grey matter, or the electrical nervous system in general, might best be viewed as a receiver or antenna that is streaming consciousness. The immense electrical system running throughout every bit of our body and triggering every physical movement can be seen simply as a means for our etheric, or higher dimensional, consciousness to pilot the bodies we see and feel on this plane.
Our soul can most easily be understood as our consciousness, and out-of-body experiences are typically the best way to prove a soul’s existence—for anyone unsure or curious, see this article or this or this for methods and information about leaving one’s body. Once you’re confident that your soul is a separate entity from your physical self, you should naturally wonder how the two remain connected. Hopefully then, the understanding of the body’s hormone-stimulated nervous system acting as a natural frequency-based tether might seem more clear; as referenced above with the light-energy soul piloting a light-based—electricity-based—nervous system. [That last part was a bit dense, but this isn’t exactly the place to elaborate on it]
To help us gain perspective on the whole situation, let’s look to a well-trodden metaphor that’s often used to show the true size of us as humans, minus the empty space between our sub-atomic particles.
Now, I personally don’t follow exactly with the current theories on subatomic properties, particularly mass, but it remains a helpful metaphor to sum up the wealth of experiments throughout the years which appear to show our cosmos as being empty. It helps one realize and accept that if the visible cosmos itself was compressed, it wouldn’t look like much at all—nothing, actually, if you trust Tesla—and that understanding is invaluable when it comes to realizing the principals of a holographic reality.
For a minute, just imagine that the universe is compressed in the manner described above, and all and everything is existing in an incredibly small space. Now consider one of the greatest, if not the greatest, head-scratchers in quantum mechanics: entanglement. And, for those who aren’t familiar, a quick summary:
In the early 20th century, Erwin Schrödinger coined the term for this aspect of reality which has since gone on to vex scientists and curious onlookers to this day. He was speaking of an aspect of quantum mechanics which states that two particles, if they’ve interacted in the correct way, they can become entangled. At which point, the incredibly precise frequency they’ve come to share—out of a scale of minute frequencies with a number far to big to ever type—allows them to resonate together in our realm—and remember the imagery above.
What this means is that if one of those particles was in one country, and the other was in another, and then one of those particles was stimulated, the other would instantaneously respond to that stimulation, irregardless of time and space. It also means that a measurement of one could give you the exact information about the other. However, as odd as it sounds, the very act of measuring one such particle will collapse the entire entangled state. But this can’t be digressed into—more can be found [here], if you’re interested.
For obvious reasons, scientists who dig into the world of quantum mechanics often find themselves pulling out their hair. Though, more often than not, these aren’t the people who stretch their beliefs too far past the comforting walls of their textbook homes. But if you’ve kept the above mentioned image in your head, do the problems with quantum entanglement still seem so vexing? The same physical laws that entanglement would apparently route could exist comfortably if time and space were understood to be illusory—which is what many scientific theories and most ancient religions would say. [and we’ll get more in depth with this later]
end of intro
Lashley K. In search of the engram. Symp Soc Exp Biol. 1950;4:454–82.
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