Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Symbol as Superluminal Potentia


Symbols are ubiquitous. They are the dynamic relationship between the way we organize thoughts and Creation. If there is a seen and unseen world existing together the function of symbols is to inform us about our world and mediate the interface between the two worlds.

There would be no understanding of the unseen world of Creation without the use of symbols from the seen world. This principle is elucidated by Paul in Romans 1:20 but is admittedly an older if not universal rule of the ancients.

Concurrently there would be no understanding of the seen world without the same tools, albeit, applied in different ways. Symbols can stand alone only in potentia which permits them to move seamlessly between material and non-material forms.

Symbols are the lattice work of thought-forms which give us an understanding of the material world and a glimpse into the workings of the unseen world. The “symbol” in its unpolished form is without meaning unless it is attached to (or corresponds to) some aspect of Creation.

The “symbol” then has an extremely high harmonic potential that is designed to carry meaning back and forth between the non-material world, the visible world, and the human mind. It is a malleable instrument that can be shaded to obtain the proper level of resonance for the recipient. This scalable property is what accounts for the individual understanding of similar phenomena in different ways.

Yet in the same manner the “symbol” must be filtered (or defined) and ultimately be “collapsed” by each individual in order for that person to have a usable bit of information. The filtration process is supplied by culture, memory, and history.

While a new target phenomenon may be external to the individual it will be quickly wrapped with immediate resonating symbolism until such time has elapsed when a more useful or specific set of symbols can be acquired. Ultimately this process should lead to an adequate constellation of meaning to satisfy the individual and his needs while the essential dynamic nature of the symbol remains in tact awaiting a harmonic change.

In the example of a simple circle or O we know that it implies many sets of meaning. A zero indicating “nothing”, a circle meaning the “whole”, a void, a numerical place-hold, or a round thing that rolls like a automobile tire. A symbol can carry an enormous amount of data that can be accessed and refined by the human mind into a specific meaning set.

But the transferability of meaning is nearly fantastic in nature. Not only can a symbol carry great amounts of data but it can switch meaning sets instantaneously. The symbolic circle being utilized by an individual in Nebraska as a zero can at the same time be used as a disk by a person in Azerbaijan and then switched from one to another or modified instantaneously. This superluminal property of the symbol is in continuous use and must be seen as intrinsic to consciousness.

If we view the “symbol” as a superluminal potentia capable of carrying vast amounts of data over unknown distances then the controversy over symbols as cultural construction versus psychological phenomena is eased. For instance, if this universe began with a divine movement combined with the voice of God calling energy into existence, then we are understanding these actions with symbols embedded in our consciousness that came from the beginning or before and are still carrying information now. Therefore, the interval between then and now is nil as an instantaneous transfer of data continues through the dynamic symbol set understood as Creation.

This may not completely open the door to a resolution of parallelism but I think it does crack open a portal. It may not solve certain theological issues but may be valuable in areas from theurgy to quantum computing.

Symbols as Superluminal Potentia
David S Reif
On this day of Epiphany 2013

Illustration: "Circles", ink on paper, 4"x4", A. Ann Reif

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