Thinker Toys

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Thinker Toys

The universe is full of magical things
patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
—Eden Philpotts

In these issues of UnNumb, we’ve encountered The Grand Illusion and the metaphor of the sleepwalking/hypnotized/dreaming human. We’ve explored the Freemason fable of the Test of the Sexes and begun to unravel the mystery of our surroundings: the environment, the universe, the perceptually challenging maze within the Space-Time Continuum, the curved, enclosing object we find ourselves within—an object which seems to have an inside, but no outside.

We’ve discovered intimations and implications of some of life’s most fundamental questions through etymological studies even as we’ve learned that the use of this same language distorts our perceptual experience.

We’ve incorporated The Great Commandment into our Golden Rule, accepting unconditional love as our guiding light. And we’ve begun to see how coincidence/serendipity/synchronicity is a powerful ally in our struggle to understand and transcend the seemingly insurmountable challenges we face.

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of synchronicity. If, as Pauli and Jung declared, it “operates independently of the known laws of classical physics” and also functions “independently of time and space, linking events in strange and unexpected ways,” it’s imperative we embrace this wondrous gift—the gift of meaningful coincidence. Synchronicity, after all, seems to exist by design.

Perhaps because Pauli and Jung were held in such high esteem by their peers, they didn’t face the ridicule that another scientist did when proposing another principle operating independently of time and space. Biologist, Rupert Sheldrake, has offered an explanation of how our small contributions are able to affect our fellow humans even if our paths never cross in the physical world. And Sheldrake’s morphogenetic fields also seems to exist by design.

Think about that… the small things we do with great love are able to affect other individuals even if we never come in direct physical contact with them.

If one but thinks a noble, selfless thought even if in a cave, it sets up vibrations throughout the world and does what has to be done—what can be done.
—Ramana Maharshi

I suppose that’s valid even if the cave we’re in is the one in Plato’s allegory. The waves of our love not only reach out and touch someone else, they help make it easier for that someone else to begin acting with the same motivation.

The message in this metaphorical bottle not only exists, but we’re able to set our own metaphoric bottles afloat in the ever-strengthening morphogenetic currents of unconditional love—currents that operate independently of time and space—currents that are able to carry our own bottles onto the island shores of our lonely brothers and sisters everywhere.

Watson on Rupert Sheldrake’s discovery:

In 1981, Sheldrake published what he called A New Science of Life. The book was promptly condemned by one of the most influential scientific journals as a prime candidate for burning—sufficient in itself to alert those of us who have learned from Thomas Henry Huxley that “it is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies.” What outraged the conservative editors of Nature was that Sheldrake was insufficiently respectful of the sacred disciplines of genetics and molecular biology and had the impudence to suggest that an additional causal principle was necessary to explain the development and organization of matter into the extraordinary variety of plant and animal forms. He called his principle “formative causation” and further offended the high priests by suggesting that it operated through “morphogenetic fields” which did not themselves consist of energy or matter and were unaffected by space and time.

It is easy to understand the outrage, but it is not that easy to dismiss Sheldrake’s ideas. His thesis is both rigorously scientific and well capable of being tested. And in the tests which have been made, it seems so far to be sound. He says, in essence, that it is easier to do something which has already been done—even if there is no direct physical link between two attempts to do it.

Not only is it easier to do something that has already been done, the doing of it strengthens the morphogenetic field, making it even easier for the next person to do it. As we begin to do small things with great love, others will too. These small things will have a cumulative effect…

Implicit in this theory is the assumption that harmonious, coherent states of consciousness are more nearly attuned to the primary level of reality, a dimension of order and harmony. Such attunement would be hampered by anger, anxiety, and fear, and eased by love and empathy.
—Marilyn Ferguson / The Aquarian Conspiracy

Love and fear exclude each other.
—Macrobius / Saturnalia

Free the greatest love / Stand on a star
And blaze a trail of desire / Through the darkening dawn
—Carley Simon / Let the River Run


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