A Fractal Model Of Reality
by Dana Gaynor Ph.D. © 2001
Phase 1 Phase 2
Cosmic Differentiation Conscious Integration
(flows down in increasing complexity) (flows up through awareness of process and potential)
Nothingness (Reality begins and ends here)
(Reality begins and ends here)
v (flowing downward)
(flowing upward) ^
v (flowing downward) (flowing upward) ^
Aware Universal Potential ................................. Awareness merges w/ Universal Consciousness
Material Universe XXX
XXXXXX¤ < this dot represents Awareness of pure potential
vX human consciousness ^
XXX Awareness of self and universe
Internalized self/universe XXXX as a single process
from pure potential
emerging from pure potential
Reality is characterized through two phases of a single complex process:
Reality emerges from a state of volitional nothingness, first as a field/state of pure potential then as a holarchy of increasingly complex thresholds of interrelational potential ultimately producing individual consciousness. The latter reiterates the process by internalizing and representing experienced reality.
Individual consciousness emerges as a product of cosmic differentiation, internalizing increasingly complex experiences as patterns of interaction within an aware electroneurochemical field. Its developmental imperative is to interrelate all experiences through the awareness of their implicit process and source. This process expands conscious awareness by directly interrelating the various aspects and potentials of reality through their common implicit aspects.
Summary of Key Points
1. Consciousness is an aware energetic field in which patterns of interrelationship dynamically self-organize, in the moment, to produce holarchical representations of experience.
scientific models (Combs, Winkler & Daley, 1994; Crick & Koch, 1994;
Damasio, 1994; Demetriou, Efklides, & Platsidou, 1993; Duke, 1994;
Freeman, 1991; Guess & Sailor, 1993; Hardcastle,1996; Llinas,
1990; Parodi, Ridella & Zunino, 1990; Penrose,1989; Thelan, 1990;
Vandervert, 1990; Yao & Freeman, 1990; Zohar,1994) suggest consciousness
is derived from the interaction of a variety of self-referential processes
that assess and organize patterns of relationship within the medium of the
also an aware energetic
field in which patterns of interrelationship dynamically self-organize, in the
holarchy of relationships.
Quantum field theory:
All manifestations of reality are thought to occur within a nonrelational quantum vacuum (Hawking, 1997; Zohar, 1994). It is a universal space but it is not considered empty. Within it, a field-like sea of energy is thought to flicker on and off. Excitations of this field are thought to produce the increasingly complex thresholds of Reality, what Bertalanffy termed "a universal hierarchy of systems." Through phase entanglement the wave aspects of reality are thought to merge into ever-larger waves of ever-larger systems in a holarchic fashion. This process is thought to continuously transform particle aspects which self-organize in increasingly complex relationships. Because volition may be associated with collapsing virtual possibility into a single actuality, it cannot be ruled out anywhere in the hierarchy. Every transformation of the field is therefore at least potentially conscious or volitional in this way. If this were the case, self-similar forms of consciousness would exist implicitly at all orders of magnitude. The process starts in and ultimately returns to the quantum vacuum and so is self-directed. The trouble with the quantum model is that its dualistic treatment of variable data is not parsimonious in. It has little in common with actual experience.
Stochastic electrodynamics (SED):
In response to the complex quantum models of inertia, Haisch, Rueda and Puthoff (1994) developed a model that co-defines the nature of reality and consciousness without resorting to quantum physics. Their model also begins in the universal vacuum but focuses on an energy field referred to as the zero-point field. Because it is a uniform and isotropic sea of photonic radiation that spans the entire universe equally, the ZPF provides a universal frame of reference. In this model we can think of inertia as a Lorenze-type force (detectable only during acceleration and deceleration) created by motion through the ZPF. They show that when an electromagnetically interacting particle is accelerated through the ZPF, a force is exerted on the charge that is proportional to acceleration but acting in the opposite direction. Using Einstein’s general theory of relativity (inertial and gravitational mass are equivalent) we can apply this orientation to both gravity and inertia. The parsimonious conclusion would be that there is no such thing as mass only charge and that apparent mass is simply an illusion created by a charge interacting with the ZPF. Because the ZPF is photonic energy it is a Bose-Einstein condensate implying that it is highly unified and this in turn suggests the possibility of volition. Once again volition cannot be ruled out.
Historically we have seen self-similar models evident in many of the world’s great spiritual traditions
Perennial traditions Volitional Void > Pure Potential > Increasing Complexity > Material World
Christian Mysticism Abysal Sea God the Father The Trinity Individual Consciousness
Consciousness is operationally inseparable from reality
because we are limited in our knowledge of either to our self-referential
– Noumenal reality (i.e. objective reality) is unknowable.
Only phenomenal reality, subjective reality is knowable. Consciousness is
structured from this subject/object relationship.
- Reality is understood only through our self-referential
consciousness-of-experience. “Ego-cogitum-cogitatum” I (ego) have
volition/knowledge of (cogitum) an object (cogitatum).
– objective reality is a self-referential picture of something the Reality
of which we cannot possess. “reality and …experience are one.”
- we have no more reason to posit the reality of matter than suggest that
reality existed entirely as an idea in the mind of god.
– We are biased in favor of physical reality.
we only know what we experience – fundamental premise for empiricism.
models of Consciousness derived from
an empirical approach or the examination of experience:
consciousness and reality are operationally inseparable and
as consensual evidence suggests that individual consciousness is a product of
reality’s cosmic differentiation process, we can further suggest that they
reflect a single self-directed process at different orders of magnitude.
In mathematics a complex process that is self-directed and self-similar
at multiple orders of magnitude is called a
Interrelatedness and Psychospiritual Growth
4. Interrelatedness is the awareness of interrelationship and interrelational potentials. It is characterized through five dimensions; a) awareness of the interrelationships in the world around one (outer world relatedness); b) awareness of the interrelationships within one’s self (inner world relatedness); c) awareness of the interrelationships between one’s self and the world (conscious interconnection); d) awareness of new and alternative potentials for relationship (flexibility); and e) awareness of an implicit order integrating the relationships of which one is aware (high order framing).
5. Interrelatedness is implicit in all aspects of psychological development in three ways; a) through the internalizing of experiential relationships and integrating of the increasingly differentiated patterns of relationship associated with the holarchic thresholds of cognitive growth; b) through the awareness of the increasingly complex interrelational potentials these patterns of experience express; and c) through the release of attachment for expressions of lower order potential in awareness and expression of higher order (more complex) potentials.
6. A great many perennial methodologies for spiritual transformation utilize interrelatedness in cognitive training regiments. Typically all of one’s experiences are directly related to a common source of reality, as "form" to "awareness". It is awakening to this relationship that renders visible the total process as a complex transformation of pure aware potential. This has the affect of directly integrating the entire subjective cognitive frame through ultimate process and source. If one surrenders attachment for one's frame, in awareness of and identification with, or dissolution of identification into, the source or process; one is transformed. Thus spiritual transformation references the integration of the individual’s phenomenal universe through direct relationship of all form with the ultimate potential from which it emerges.
In this light, psychospiritual pathology reflects a fixing of awareness on
particular patterns of relationship (i.e. cognitive looping) and through this
the fixing of associated aspects of identity to lower order
expressions of interrelational potential, when higher order or more complex and
inclusive potentials have emerged in awareness. To the extent one releases attachment for any particular
interrelationship in awareness of the pure potential from which it emerges, one
is growing psychospiritually.
8. The transformation sequence through which consciousness transitions from expressing one threshold of interrelational awareness to a more complex and therefore higher order potential typically follows a three phase sequence: stabilization, destabilization, and restabilization.
9. Destabilization occurs when the dynamic equilibrium of cognitive patterns defining self and universe are disrupted through the awareness of higher order interrelational potentials.
10. The integration of higher order patterns of relationship reflecting more complex potentials reflects growth and restabilizes the frame with an accompanying expansion of identity now including the more complex potentials.
11. By truly associating the total potential for reality with any aspect of experience, that aspect functions as an event horizon into the pure potential of the process. Because one's experiences are born of a larger self-directed and self-similar process, we can, in today's parlance, refer to the collective process as a fractal.
12. Each of us, as a transformation of the total process of reality, has the innate ability and developmental imperative to ultimately experience its underlying pure potential. To the extent that we can become aware of reality as a transformation process emerging from pure potential, releasing personal attachment for particular forms or fixed relationships, we are spiritually transforming. Because this involves similar observations at all orders of magnitude, it is quite literally a fractal awakening.
The process of psychospiritual transformation is a fractal awakening.
May we all Awaken!!!
by Dana Gaynor
©® 1999 by Dana Gaynor Ph.D. All rights reserved.
Revised: 19 Nov 2012 21:23:14 -0500 .