Modern science is turning our notion of what constitutes the Universe on its ear, and nowhere is this more evident than the theory that the Universe itself is a hologram. Beginning with quantum physics and particle/wave theory, which suggested in the early part of the 20th century that the Universe is operating on many different levels than our three-dimensional reality would suggest. One of its early proponents, Niehls Bohr, wrote: “Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it”.
I make no pretense of understanding quantum theory, but I know that somehow it explains the nature of the multidimensional physical reality that mystics have talked about for thousands of years. David Bohm’s theory of the Implicate Order suggests that everything is connected with everything else – the principle that underlies all of holistic spirituality. Since everything in our Universe is made up of energy, and the movement of energy enfolds the entire Universe of space and time, this “enfoldment” may continue endlessly into infinite dimensionality.
It is psychedelicized thoughts like this that used to send me into a tailspin of terror! But this concept of an endless flow of connectivity between dimensions is something that has been in the forefront of mystical thought since the beginning of time. The very basis of astrological thought, the adage “as above, so below” is a holographic concept. From the Upanishads, written in the second millenium bce:
As great as the infinite space beyond is the space within the lotus of the heart. Both heaven and earth are contained in that inner space, both fire and air, sun and moon, lightning and stars. Whether we know it in this world or know it not, everything is contained in that inner space. (Chandogya, 191)
A mystical account of holography suggests missing links between the practical methods used to create holographs and the hidden nature of the Self. Modern holographers have a paradigm but no coherent light to illuminate it – no point source of light to project the experiences of our lives. Recall Dr. Pribram stating that his theory was not meant to imply that there are any “laser beams in the brain,. Instead, Pribram considers that the neurological circuitry of the brain acts as a referent beam within the holographic brain.
In contrast, occult or mystical perspectives suggest that there is a zero-point foundation of pure coherent supernal light which is enthroned within the Heart of a human being. This quantum of consciousness, the spiritual or divine spark, provides the point of coherent light which illuminates the varied activities of the mind, brain and body. This point source of “supernal light” originates from a realm of “unified light” within the divine realm of being. Further, the mystical Heart Centre of a human being establishes a deep relationship to the Sun, the Heart of the Solar System, and to the Heart of all Being.
The self-luminous Self establishes the referent beam for the projection of the dimensions of our lives – our physical lives, and the afterlife existence. A mystical holography suggests that the holographs of our lives do not simply occur within the head, but are seated on the foundation of the zero-point laya centre of the Heart. Four dimensional space-time is itself somehow “squeezed out” of this supernal point. The Heart is enlivened and illuminated by the pure coherent light energies of the Self and the Spiritual Intelligences which inform material creation from within/without.
Mystical views provide a most productive orientation towards elaborating the holographic mechanism of the Self. Unfortunately, the holographers in modern psychology have forgotten the spiritual or divine element, the God spark, the quantum of consciousness, the zero point source of coherent light emerging from within the metaphysical dimension of the heart. This is such a point of light which could implicate the whole and allow for the synthesis of psychological views with physical/metaphysical theories.
As our mental brain expands to encompass these new paradigm-shattering ideas, our heart and soul can expand simultaneously to achieve greater understanding of the true nature of metaphysical reality. When we approach the astrological symbolism from this expanded viewpoint we are no longer limited by “malefic” planets and fear of “bad” transits. Everything that occurs in our lives belongs to the greater evolution of the soul, and life becomes a series of holographic cycles rather than a continuum that leads us from past to future along a straight line of predestined events.