Category Archives: Know thyself – gnōthi sauton

Man is a microcosmos, an analogy to macrocosmos. As above so below. Knowing thyself is knowing the All.

Ouroborus, eating the tale with the head – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

In different esoteric traditions man is regarded primarily as a soul. A soul suspended between his body in the physical world on one side and the spirit in the spiritual world on the other.
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The body is just a vehicle for the soul in this lifetime, it is an expression of your roots both genetically as well as from the pre-existing soul. Your soul is the container of all your experiences and how you have digested them. The possible experiences of the soul are endless.

The spirit on the other side, represent what you left to become a soul and will return to as you approach the goal on your journey back to the spiritual world. The spirit is oneness and as you re-unite everything in your soul life you realize more and more of the spiritual unity that always was. The spirit is eternal the soul is endless; time and space.

This are the two driving forces in you, one that moves towards unification of space an other that drives you back from time to eternity. (Read about the driver and the connector here)

As your soul develops you get to a stage called the magic mirror where you star to look at your own journey and see that you are at this stage due to where you came from and that your next step forward is dependent on your last step from the past. To evolve forward you need to deal with your past.

The initiates symbolised this process with the Ouroborus eating its own tail. You use the highest parts of your soul being strongly in contact with spirit to transform the lower aspects of your soul being closely connected to your body.

The first step
Most humans today have reached a stage with a rational mind. Eating the tail in this case is to look at your own emotions and how you deal with things. Reflecting your emotional life on the mirror of your mind makes you judge your reactions. This cultivates wisdom. You realize that your emotions are like a weaver between you and other people. Some emotions create strong ties others cut the tread. Each time you look at your own emotions with the rational mind you become a bit wiser. As your wisdom grows you become more detached and you succumb less and less to the emotional realm. As you approach the second step you have become a wise man or woman.

The second step

As you master your emotions you start to use them to desire what is good for your vitality, life and health. It becomes not so much a question of emotions as health, vitality and life.
You choose to go to bed as it gets dark outside, to expose yourself less to the electrified modern world of www, to eat healthier food, to get fresh air, clean water and spend time in nature. Additionally you do not spend your vital energies just for emotional pleasure but learn to store them and use them to fuel your spiritual growth. You also start to appreciate the journey within your self, inwards to the internal realms. The care for yourself, for nature and for life creates an unconditional love toward everything. At this stage the ouroborus is eating all life-killers in its love and care for what gives you vitality. As you approach the third step you have become a saint.

The third step
This step is rare and requires such a radiant vitality from your previous steps that you eat with the head of the ouroborus the most material dead parts of yourself.
When you have reached this step you are at the gate between life and death and can die at will or consciously. It also frees you from the body and this earth. It is a state of deep inner peace. At this stage you have reached mastery on Earth.

The meal of bread and wine
You have eaten the bread of wisdom and drunken the wine of love and now they unite as truth and the will to follow a higher will within yourself.

After Abram returned from defeating Chedorlaomer and the kings allied with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him in the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). Then Melchizedek king of Salem (Peace) brought out bread and wine – since he was priest of God Most High and he blessed Abram and said: “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave Melchizedek a tenth of everything. (Genesis 14:18-20)

The oroborus in Egypt
Here you see the Aker lions of tomorrow and yesterday which represents the magic mirror. The sun disc within the Oroborus contains Harpocrates which is Horus the child or symbol of your inner child or spiritual re-birth.

From the Papyrus of Dama-Heroub. Third Intermediate Period
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Whimsical as a butterfly or wise as a fool? – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

Is whimsical always bad? Let us explore

Nature has so many diverse and beautiful manifestations. One of its most whimsical expressions is the butterfly. Almost every child must have experienced the amazement of this colourful creature suddenly changing direction in patterns sometimes difficult to grasp.

A young girl I know call them flower-fly instead of butterfly.

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Imagine the plant stretching itself up through evolution, taking its first hold on land, learning to transport water within itself, developing leaves and then flowers with coarse sepals to culminate with silky soft colourful petals that take off and fly as a flower-fly. It is not difficult to imagine, lying their in the summer field with summing bees and cumulus clouds with all kinds of shapes that the butterflies are flowers flying.

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Metamorphosis
The butterfly is also a beautiful expression of transformation; the egg turning into a larvae or caterpillars that then pupate in a chrysalis. When completely metamorphosed the butterfly comes out expands and dries its wings and flies off.

The egg can be compared to Carl Gustav Jungs first stage of human development, The Athlete Stage. Here we just look at what is inside the egg, we just look at how we look like, our body and how we dress up. The mirror and selfie are our best friends, we do not see outside the wall of the egg of our ego.

The next stage Jung calls The Warrior Stage, here we can compare it with the larvae or caterpillar working its way through the fields conquering life. At this stage humans try to do the best, get the best, compete for possession and position.

The third stage is The Statement Stage and we will compere it with the chrysalis. You realize that the external things did not make you happy you are not satisfied or fulfilled. You now want to take from inside yourself and give to the world to make the world a better place. You know it is not about the external values. You have become a grown up soul that want to guide the younger souls in the right direction. It all is a question of what you have cultivated inside yourself that can be given to others.

In the final stage of Jung, The Stage of Spirit, you transcend the body and the physical reality and you realize your true spiritual nature. You experience being a spiritual being in the physical world rather than a physical being with spiritual experiences. This is the stage of the butterfly with the spirit free flowing in the sea of light in a state of truth.

Being a butterfly
Homeopathy has explored substances from all kingdoms and so many parts of nature. A homeopathic scientific proving reveals the inner nature of things through its effects on the human mind. The last three decades also the butterflies have been investigated telling us a bit about how it would be to be a butterfly, or which human personalities that can improve and realize their potential from getting a butterfly remedy.

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A state of being whimsical, light, careless and gay is absolutely present in the butterfly. Looking at it deeper it is a conflict between; going with the flow, what gives joy, ones intuition or desire for freedom as opposed to duty, convention and rules. Butterflies let you learn to surrender and let go of control.

This learning experience can be described as seeing things from another level, letting the metamorphosis take place stage by stage. Solutions are there and have always been there you just needed to perceive things from a higher level or a more spiritual plane.

What seemed fragmented, erratic or whimsical belongs to a higher level of order, law and care. What seemed to be a loosing of direction or track turn into a deep trust and assurance of being on the right path. A state nicely portrayed in the Tarot card The Fool or the film Being There with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine.

Archetypical whimsical
Let us look at the planetary archetypes of whimsical as we can see in typology, astrology, and mythology.

Whimsical can be out of lack of direction or lack of grounding or anchoring.

The lack of direction is just a step of evolution where you are still young and need to experience things again and again to start to see patterns and eventually the bigger picture. Young children and teenagers have this as a natural step in their evolution. Just think about a little child learning to walk about, going here and there, suddenly doing something different and then again and again. This is exploring, learning and training by repetition.
This is the archetype of Mercury slowly approaching and uniting with Jupiter. The young lightly fanciful searching Mercury is stretching towards the overview of the bigger picture in Jupiter. “Should I go here or there, to get to everywhere?”

The other aspect is the lack of grounding making it capricious or over reactive. That can be out of lots of stress or chaotic circumstances getting towards neurotic or hysterical reactions. Here there has not been enough grounding or calming experiences and activities. The emphasis is too strong on the exterior world and there is a huge need to turn inwards. They need to create inner pictures rather than pictures fed from a screen as well as perceiving and dwelling with your own inner state rather than being a victim of exterior impressions.

Both of these represent challenges with the early stages in the life cycle, a kind of immaturity and something that need to grow and be developed. Both represent a lack of either direction or substance.

There is also a whimsical variation that comes from excess. When the emotional waters are running and overflowing or turn into fog then they make the objective structure misted and unclear. People in such states can easily appear whimsical. This aspect is not so erratic, but appears more confused. Here the archetypes of Moon and Neptune are manifesting. This whimsical person is more distant, like in a dream or fantasy world or under the influence of drugs.

The last archetypical aspect of whimsical we will address is a strong Uranus that with its active mind get sudden abrupt impulses and ideas. Here the balance is to be able to stay centred and not become a victim to all intuitive or genius glimpses and insights that comes to mind. Also to be able to meet the others where they are at in their own journey in life and adjust to their needs and not overload them with ones own cacophony of cosmic insights is an important lesson.

The solution to whimsical will depend on the kind. The young Mercury needs to explore and experience to get the bigger picture. The un-rooted need to cultivate the Moon and a feeling of inner peace. The foggy Moon/Neptune needs to dry out with intellectual wind or spiritual heat or purity and Uranus needs to find the balance between ego-centre and periphery.

At the other end of the cycle
The zodiac or circle of signs progressing through the year can be seen as a sequence for any cycle or project. Early astrological signs representing early stages of cycles in life as Aries or Gemini can be seen as whimsical, but so can also the last two; Aquarius and Pisces. As the young inexperienced can be whimsical so can old people, particularly women appear whimsical. With old woman it is also a lack of the anchoring forces in life, the yin or contact with the inner spiritual nature. As woman grow older it is important to connect with the inner life as their anchor. (Read here; Woman evapourate and men burn out ).

But also the highly evolved soul in contact with the higher realms can appear whimsical. You sit with a master asking him questions and realize he is reading your thoughts. He suddenly say; “do not worry about that” addressing your last though. This will abrupt you and could appear whimsical. But here the last polarity of Uranus of being centred is manifesting itself as acting out of an awareness of the present moment and the actual thought present here and now. For the observer it seems sudden, abrupt and erratic for the master it is a single bull eye statement as an act of least intrusion.

Also a soul living with the flow or being in deep connection with the collective unconscious or spiritual realms seeing through the veil of illusions in this world could appear whimsical for the person that is not connected to the higher realms.
Both these cases represent the qualities in the last two signs of the zodiac.

Lao Tzu in Dao Te Ching;

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child’s?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from your own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

 

 

 

The sense of thought by Andreas N. Bjørndal

Have you ever felt that you just understood the other person as they are, just grasped their way of seing life? Then you have used your sense of thought. Read more here.

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http://themagichappensnow.com/holonity-the-sense-of-thought-by-andreas-n-bjorndal/

Walk in! Wake up! – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

Here is an article about verticality of man v.v. the horisontal animal, the connection between the beginning and end of life and awareness.

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http://themagichappensnow.com/walk-in-wake-up-by-andreas-n-bjorndal/

Archetypes – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

Archetypes can be used in many different ways and in most fields of life.

Archetypes make it easy to classify and understand qualities that are related but also to see which qualities that are opposite. Here is a map of Archetypes that I have developed. Let us explore.

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Let us first look at some words and make a little exercise.
Try to find which two words that seem not to belong here.

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As you look at them you realise they are not synonyms neither a class of words, but most of them express a quality that we can call an archetype. An archetype that could also be expressed with words like; strong, independent, decisive, irritability, cutting, heat, accident etc.
The word tenderness and harmony seems to not only misfit, but even to be almost opposite to the other words. You could say that one of the groups have qualities like the colour red, the other like the opposite green. But what are they? Not synonyms but rather archenyms or semionyms if we should invent a name for them. What should we use as a common word for the red or the green?
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We can easily see if we organize the words that “Self-assertive” or a strong person with a strong “I” could represent the red words. The green words are more about adjusting to the other or the surroundings. You can say these represent the focus on myself or the other, I and You.
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These two colours or groups of words represent two archetypes; Mature man and Young woman. Both are archetypical qualities that can be expressed in many different ways and in many different fields.

In the schema below you see the six main archetypes with the “Master” as number seven in the middle.

This illustration is a synthesis of knowledge from different fields and even with its simplicity it explains some of the most important aspects in so diverse fields of knowledge as astronomy, taxonomy, psychology, biology and many more.

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1: Each archetype has a polarity (The master has centre-periphery)

2: The zigzag from the child to young man, young woman, master, mature man, mature woman and old, represents the stages of development in life.

3: The three top ones represent maturity and age, while the three bottom ones represent the young and immature.

*My courses on archetypes covers more than ten other geometric relations and what they represent in life.

Let us look at the polarity between the two archetypes; The old and The Child.

The Old
As an archetype the old can both be used to describe a personality as well as qualities in nature.

We will start by describing a person that is typical of the archetype “The old” since that is easy to relate to.
This person does not need to be old of age, but will have some qualities that are more common as people get older.
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The old is serious, responsible and like to have control. They will easily feel alone, isolated or estranged.  They do not let people get close to them easily and will not show signs of weakness.
The control aspect can make them stuck and fixed particularly in how things should be, used to be or they need them to be.
There is an atmosphere of coldness, constriction and inhibition around these persons.

On a more abstract level you can say that any process that contracts and gets compact, harder and more material represents this quality. This archetype is cold, black, stiff and represents structure.

In chemistry you will recognize it in carbon with its blackness, hardness in diamonds, and being the backbone of the structure in all life as well as what is left when you burn things.
In botany the archetype is represented by evergreen trees. Living into very old age, often creating a dark forest, and not letting other plants grow close to them.

This kind of person has learned to master the challenges in life by taking control, taking charge, by observing how others have coped. It could be that early in life nobody was taking care of them, so they had to take care of themselves. It could be that early in life things were so painful that they needed to supress the emotions and put them deep into a hidden place within. It could also be that things were so scary that they needed to control as much as possible not to end up in similar situations. Some people are also just born serious and with a lot of duty.

These people will particularly get drawn towards persons dominated by the archetype “The child” because that represents what they need.
The child is the opposite archetype and by cultivating that part within “The old” gets closer to a balanced place in the centre, a place of mastery.

The Child
As an archetype anything said about The old finds its polarity in The child.
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These persons are dependent of others, clingy, insecure and wants to be taken care of.
They love home life and family life and can be full of care and mothering feelings they are mild and playful.
Often they will be childish, timid, changeable, yielding and demanding.

As a polarity to The old, The child represents people that need to mature, become independent and take charge of the duties in life. They need to grow towards the old to find mastery in life.

Same axis – but opposite
Persons that are dominated by The old or The child will find their own polarity in the other. First we can see that both are concerned about others. The child will often focus on the closest people, people in the family, neighbours or close friends, often people that have been there all the way back to childhood. They will spend a lot of time making sure these close people get their needs of protection, food and care.
The old also has concern for others, but it is often for their staff, people at work, in the community, society or the bigger more extended family. When the old is concerned about the family it is more that they will feel the duty to gather the family together.

We can find common things in the axis The old-The child, but the easiest is to see the polarity. You can say they are inter-connected, that to become The old, you need to “suppress” the child and to become The child, you need to be “blind” to The old.

Often a person being dominated by The old will be attracted to The child as a partner or friend. The polarity will attract but also be the main challenge in a friendship and in a relationship it could even end up being the reason for a divorce.

The old will love the care, mildness and mothering quality of The child, but will feel strangled by the clinging and needy quality. The challenge is these relations can only be solved it they understand that they need to find the qualities they are searching in the other also within themselves.

The old need to challenge himself and be daring enough to be vulnerable, expose his needs, express his weakness and let others take decisions. The child also need to go within and say what can go wrong by making a decision myself, it could always be redone. Only by trying alone will I get the experience and wisdom to take responsibility.

So how can we find that aspect within, how do we use this in our life?

Some exercises
The old need to get in touch with his inner child, with his needs, with the more subtle aspects of life.
Here are a few sample exercises for the old:
1. Lay down for a few minutes when you come home from work, put your hands with the palms on the solar plexus and breath deep and slow. Just feel how your body feels; hot, cold, tired, tens, painful etc.
2. Ask yourself everyday what you should do today that you do only for taking care of yourself with no modal verbs (Should, have to etc.)
3. If you were a child is there any presents you would have liked, that you never got? Why not give them to yourself now? Or maybe a grown up version?
4. Indulge sometimes in something that you enjoy so much that you could imagine your mother, father or partner preparing that for you out of love and care.
5. Try to remember your dreams when you wake up, you might need to get used to snooze a bit.
6. When did you last time ask for a hug, ask for a kiss, a massage or just letting your head in the lap of your loved one.

These are just a few exercises for the old to give you a taste.

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Refresh – a question of new life – by Andreas N. Bjørndal

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Here you can read my article about “refresh” (April issue 2016 in The Magic Happens Now Magazine). It is a short text about how you can refresh yourself and gain new “life” or vitality. Learn how to turn down the cockpit and connect to the black dark to dissolve all impurities.

You might also like the related article about Silence.

Agate – 6.th holonistic gemstone exploration

Here is a short blog on Agate, followed by a deeper article for the reader that wants to explore Agate in a broader perspective. The article gives a unified perception on very different aspects of life.

The exploration of Agate took part on 4.th of June 2015.

AGATE – short version
Agate is a unique an easy gemstone to recognize even if it comes in many variations and colours.

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It is one of the nice stones we get from Silica. Agate is a silicon dioxide (SiO). We have already explored Amethyst and Jasper, but also Citrine, Topaz, Hellotrope, Carnelian, Onyx and Opal are all made from Silica.

The picture above shows some typical Agate nodes that have been cut in halves or in slices.

Inside the nodes that are created in volcanic rock, these bubbles of the volatile elements deposit layers. These layers create the nice stripes, the main characteristic of Agate. This is like the layers of Russian Matrjosjka dolls, or layers of existence.

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This picture shows the similarity between the layers of Agate, the Matrjosjka dolls and layers of the human aura. We also can use this analogy for the layers in the atom, or in the expanding areas of action for the little baby; from the womb to the cradle, house, garden, village, country and whole world. (More about this in the article that follows)

This process where volatile substances condense and become rock, represents the very core of the qualities in this gemstone. In Agate the shapeless, formless hot gases condense or crystalize into fixed structured solid rock. They materialise into solidity. The dynamic forces in nature becomes fixed into a dead structure, or an analogous world where things float into each other seamless in a continuum becomes layered, fractioned and digitalized. Agate is created by hot, dynamic, volcanic gas bubbles condensing from the inner surface and in this way materialize layer by layer into a fixed structure.

Agate creates a connection between the formed, shaped, fixed, structured aspects of existence and the living creating forces that are behind everything. Like a meeting point or two way process in equilibrium between what the alchemist called Solve & Coagula.

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In this way Agate helps you to dissolve false structures, false expectations that shape and hold you in a fixed frame. Your own delusions of must, have to, should, all the modal verbs. It releases you from having to do things that are based on your upbringing, your past, the expectations or demands from society and other people. It dissolves structures and let them become adjustable.
That gives you the ability to live out your true potential in full freedom from others. It gives you the freedom to feel the inner potential and let that stabilize into a new structure.

With softness it dissolves what holds you back from progressing and helps the potential that still is not manifested come forward in your life and condense, incarnate, and give you the structure you are becoming.

As a summary you can say that the potential that always was there, your inner truth, from the highest aspects of creation comes in with its fire and dissolves lies, what has become stuck and rigid, so the real you again can come forward and manifest!

This ends the short version.

AGATE ARTICLE – extended version, for you who want to see it from a broader perspective

The holonistic knowledge we gathered from Agate can be understood much broader if we look into some very varied approaches to reality.

Let us in this perspective explore some central aspects of physics, epistemology, psychology, genetics and evolution, to better understand the process in Agate.

It will give us a holonistic understanding, an understanding that describes the wholeness in a unified way and in perspective of a bigger wholeness. It is an understanding that combines the holistic or whole and the core or essence in a simple and beautiful way.

PHYSICS
Everything physical that can be touched is made of molecules. But also fluids and gases consist of molecules. Molecules are at the threshold of matter. They are the building blocks of everything material or physical. But molecules themselves consist of atoms. We have a little bit more than 100 different atoms and they are the building blocks of all molecules.

Atoms alone as a separate entity, does not exist for a long time in nature before they relocate into new molecules. In very hot conditions molecules “evaporate” into atoms. And in even more energetic states atoms “evaporate” into ions and sub-atomic particles. As we move beyond the level of molecules the physical “matter like” nature evaporates into energy.

We call them particles but their nature is only particle like in the interactions of our experiments. Imagine a sea wave that froths at its top. The froth is its particle nature. The wave soon goes back to a wave nature and the froth is gone. You would not say the wave is built up of white froth, but it can turn into it for a short time. An electron in an atom can froth as a “particle” on one side of the atom, to dissolve into its wave nature and reappear some other place as a new froth “particle” of the wave on an other place in the atom. The froth is not moving like a particle, it appears and reappears. The “water” surrounding and atom in its surface can appear as an electron-particle or electron-wave. It is both at the same time.

You could also visualise it as an elastic surface completely transparent and when you put your finger on it, it reacts with light, like a plasma bulb. In short we can say that behind the apparently solid physical matter is something like an energetic sea that evades us. It only becomes apparent as it is touched by our experiment.

We have tried to explain it with different models through time. You can read more about the models of the atom throughout history here: “The Atom from solid balls to sparkling ghosts”

In essence the meeting point between solve and coagula is seen here between molecules and atoms, on the threshold between matter and energy. The magic between the dynamic creative force always dynamic and the stuck structured material nature.
Agate coming from the condensation of very hot rock, touches the same threshold, and has in its quality an ability to bring you in touch with this aspect of reality, the reality behind the apparent one.

EPISTEMOLGY
Epistemology is the science of knowledge. In epistemology we know that there are certain basic things in existence we cannot know or prove. We simple have to believe them, or take them as our perception of reality.
We do not know it there is an external reality or if it all is only in our minds or consciousness. There are people that think both of these are the only right things to believe.

These different positions are called and epistemological stance or standpoint. It is a position, a belief that reflects your view of reality, your ontological view. It is basically what you believe is out there in the world, in existence, or if it is all a creation of your mind.

The two extreme positions in epistemology are the realist and the relativist.
The realist
The realist believes reality is the external world consisting of matter. This is a world that can be measured and examined and reduced into components. When you have the information to describe its structures and functions you can predict what will happen, almost like a machine or a program or game in a computer.
In short the realist is materialistic, reductionistic, positivistic and deterministic.
With this position it is obvious that knowledge is best collected and confirmed with the hypothetical deductive method. Randomised controlled trials that are collected in systemamic reviews are believed to reflect knowledge of reality solid as rocks. The world out there is material, can be cut into parts, can be examined and measured in an objective way, no doubt about it, says the realist. Is there nothing more between heaven and earth?

The relativist
At the other extreme you have the relativist that believes it is all in your mind. Your senses of sight, sound, touch etc. are all frequencies or energy past on through your body to your brain, here they are changed from neural signals into what you perceive as being out there. All you can say anything about is how it appears to you in your mind. In the extreme case the relativist does not even believe the external world exists.
The world out there is more like an illusion, even matter is an exception in the universe, or regarded as just a short and locally very limited transitional state in a pulsating universe of energy. Matter is built up of elements that even if they are named “particles” have nothing in common with what we normally think of as particles. The smallest particles can only be described from the ghost tracts they leave us when we collide them under very extreme conditions. From this perspective the relativist has a point too.

The relativist would say that what you perceive is changing with the changes in your awareness or stage of evolution. The whole external world as you see it now, might change to a land of shadows when you perceive the reality behind, and that new reality becomes the real reality, to borrow the analogy from Plato´s cave analogy.

As you evolve and become more and more in contact with the original creative forces you are even at the point where your own reality is formed. Matter becomes the veil of Maya, causations becomes illusion as all becomes a matter of increased synchronicity, it is no point in examining the external world because it will all change as your awareness changes. It is all about your mind and your awareness.

For the relativist sitting on a mountain and meditating year after year, will not be isolation and exclusion, but might be experienced as a much deeper and broader presence with the world than the realist can ever imagine.

We live in a time where the realist dominates, but it has not always been so, and more and more people start to see how extremely limited and stuck they can be. The pendulum is about to swing again.

We could say that the realist is as stuck on solid matter as the materialized rock. The relativist on the other side is difficult to fix, more like the volatile element in the formation of Agate. He is like the unperceivable plasmatic field condensing to gas, fluids and finally becoming mater-realized layers of Agate.

It is possible to define positions between these two extremes. One could suggest that an “energist” neither believes in matter nor that all is in your mind, but that we have to go with the flow, that all is in a process of flux.

Agate can help to resolve or give a balanced perspective if one is stuck in the extremes of epistemology and not able to see both perspectives.
It does this by acting into the very core of your being.

PSYCHOLOGY

Our awareness has many levels even deep layers that we are not aware off. In psychology Carl Gustav Jung is known for having discovered and named the deepest of these, the collective unconscious. We normally relate to our psychological nature through what we experience as “Me” the ego or we could say the sum of our thoughts, feelings and senses. The awaken “Me” or “Ego” is what we regard as our awareness.
But we have also deeper layers. The next layers are the sub-conscious, the unconscious and the collective unconscious with less and less access or awareness in each. Let us explore this closer.

It is like we sit on the frothing top of a wave representing the ego. This narrow peak or top is based on or is on top of a much broader upper part of the wave. This bigger part represents the larger sub-conscious in our analogy. Here we collect all the ego has experienced through life, all our experiences, associations, memories and dreams. You only remember some of them, most of the memories or dreams you ever had are like lost. All that are “lost” are there but deeper down in the wave. This is what we call the unconscious. It is called unconscious because we have a big difficulty getting access to these dreams and memories.

The wave is not alone, it merges with all other waves becoming the sea and the sea has in its deep realms a black state that connects all seas and all waves. If we imagine we collect all that all people that ever lived have ever experienced, we can imagine we are going to the deep deep levels of the sea, connecting all waves that exist and ever existed.

Deep within we have a potential connection to this debt, we use this material in our dreams and it can flow forward to us through art, symbol, intuition and creativity. It is there in art works, in symbols and concepts the humans have “created” or should we rather say manifested from the collective unconscious. You could go so far to say that there is nothing appearing or being created in the human mind that has not already been there in the deep. Like no new wave in the sea is nothing but the same sea in a new form.

On our way back up from the deep sea of the collective unconscious that connects the frothing top of all the individuals that ever existed, we have degrees of increasing awareness but also degrees from bigger units of groups of humans, to smaller and smaller groups ending in the extended family, the nearest family and finally only you the individual at the narrow frothing top.

The more individual, the more objective aware, the more subjective the more you start to connect from within. In the deep unaware realms we are connected with everyone with all that is. We live in an illusion of separation. The price of individuation is separation, what many humans value most is what isolates them. The objective scientific ideal is analysing, separating and reducing, the price of it is separation. Going within to the realm of the deeper layers, to the inner life of the relativist is connecting us in the feeling of respect, consideration and brotherhood of man.

The price of individuation, of the individual with a structured ego of its own, is a loss of the collective knowledge base of experience, of a deep common coherent existence. The consequence of merging with the sea of the unconscious is a challenge of extinction of the individual in us.

Agate helps you to find a healthy balance in this process of individuation or merging with the all. If we are stuck in our individual ego it helps us to merge, if we are lost in the collective sea it helps us to individuate.

GENETICS
In genetics you could say that you are unique in your make up, but this uniqueness is based on your ancestors. Primarily the close family then the extended family, your ethnic group, the whole human kind and basically all life upon earth. This is very much like the wave we just described in psychology. We share a genetic pool, but that pool is again the result of a much bigger pool.

In the human genome just a fraction is believed to be unique to humans, we share a lot with animals and even bacteria and virus represents a huge percentage of the genetic sea where we are the top of one of its waves.

Genetically speaking you are the froth at the top of a genetic wave, a froth that only lasts your life span. If we connect this analogy with the section above we could challenge the idea of bacteria and virus as external invaders and even looking at them as reconnecting us with the debt as we evolve. Let us explore evolution a bit.

EVOLUTION
There are some interesting features to be seen in the evolution of life. Evolution comes with increased complexity and with increased integration of new abilities in the more complex organisms.
It is not like the increased complexity is the creation of something new it is rather the integration of something that is there in the external world. It could be viewed as if external qualities become internalized, or like a potential in the deep psychological sea emerges to the surface. Because it seems to emerge from the inside into the centre like from no-where, like a bubble in the sea suddenly breaking to the surface. Or the sea itself is rising up to form a frothing wave. Let is give some examples.

Science tells us that long time back the earth only contained minerals that were so hot that no water could cool down to even form a lake. As the earth cooled, condensation made rain and rain made the first shallow areas of water, the foundation for life was laid. But did life appear from an incidence or from the deep?

Imagine for a while all the stars just in our galaxy, sorry it is a request that we cannot even imagine, our mind just cannot. But we can imagine that many of them might have planets with similar conditions as our earth, actually also an imaginable number. And we have not even started to talk about all the galaxies or even all the universes in the metaverse! Nobody knows the amount of stars in our galaxy there are a few different estimations and some say 100 billion others 400 billion (100-400 milliards = 1-400 000 000 000). So if there is one with a planet like ours for every million it is still 100 00 – 400 000.

There are with no doubt an immense amount of planets that have developed shorter or longer time than our earth. The deep see of just our universe, has experienced it all in its deep unconscious, when life appeared at our planet it was not a new invention, it was not an accident, it was following the order of what has happened billions of billions of times before. So did life appear on the surface of the earth or emerge from the debt of the universe?

At one point a unit appeared that within itself contained life, the first cell also on our earth. During 2 billions of years (2 milliards = 2 000 000 000), that was the only kind of life on this planet. Within those cells a centre appeared, call it a hearth or a brain, that science calls a nucleus.

The first kind of cells that were there from the start are called prokaryotic, with the new creative control unit or headquarters they are called eukaryotic. Karyon is the name of the nucleus. First something appeared that had life within, now it got a nucleus within.

The less evolved prokaryotic cell has a huge amount of variation with multiple single celled organisms of different kinds, all being bacteria. With the eukaryotic cells we see less amount of organisms, the cells are bigger and eventually join together in multicellular beings. These beings become plants, fungi and animals. The clue to all of this is the new appearance of a nucleus in the centre.

If we move further up the line of evolution to plants and from monocots to dicots in the plant kingdom we also see that the transportation of fluids, the vasculation evolves from being organized in bundles (multi-) into a concentric distribution having a central point (nucleus) to organize around. When animal life evolves from cold blooded (ectotherm ) to warm blooded (endotherm) we also see a change in vasculation and the heart. Again something new like the nucleus appears within.

This time it is the heat that appears within. Warm-blooded animals keep their own temperature constant independent of the environment, the cold-blooded take the same temperature as the environment. Warm-blooded animals use a lot of what they take in from the environment as food to produce heat. The cold-blooded do not need to eat that much and can survive longer periods without food. They can even be almost dead during very cold or dry periods.
Warm blooded have a more energetic circulation too, more efficient with four chambers in the heart, like a 4 vault engine comparer to a 2 vault. They also keep the blood with oxygen and the blood without separated, showing the increased complexity.

There are an immense number of different viruses, many bacteria, less multicellular being and a few thousand mammals and birds at the top of evolution. Minerals have structure, plant also have structure but add life, growth and breathing, animals have all of the previous but add digestion and an internal space with organs and an internal inner life with sensations and an awareness of being a subject. An internal awareness is now appearing within. Humans have all that but have an increased autonomy and ability for abstraction, creating symbols and tools to change the environment for good or bad. An internal ability to create meaning, abstraction and symbols appear..

Like the frothing top of the wave the human abilities are on top of abilities of animals, fungi, plants, bacteria and virus. In the womb the human foetus goes through a repetition of the stages of life and as well after birth we complete the mineral nature by forming bone from cartilage and getting our second set of teeth. After that we have a period of completing our growth the plant like aspect, before we enter our teens with emotions, sensations, sexuality and finding out which is our heard. First then are we ready to mature into individual mental autonomy and laying the ground for stretching further later in life, further than the average human into the spiritual realms.

At the same time as we evolve, we expand our circle of action from the womb, to the cradle, to the floor, to the garden, to the closest streets, to the village, to bigger towns, to the country, to the world …..

Each step of transition is a phase of letting go of something to integrate the next step, the appearance of something new condensing within and the evaporation of some of the old, solve & coagula, each such transition or struggle to move on or let go is facilitated by Agate.

Final words
Going back to the analogy of the wave again we can say that at the top we have the rational human being, a realist with focus on the material manifestations, able to relate to other humans on objective and equal terms, living in a world were concepts and terms are well defined, where reality is regarded as objects, objects of physical or intellectual nature. It is an intellectual analytic person with an aim of discriminating and reducing reality, of deconstructing it and understand things by separating them to wave tops called particles, matter, concepts, things in short “matter of facts”.

As this person matures, finds himself in different situations that promote a contact with the deeper, and starts to see that all those matters of facts have no value if it is not of use to a subject or is understood by a subject, it start to soften up change its priorities and perspectives. Agate helps you to reach the top of the wave as well as transcend it.

If you are stuck in the “matter of facts” you might feel a desire for human warmth, for socialising, for relating to people from more warm and open cultures (If yours is a northern one), you might open to the inner world and evaluate the subjective realm. If you are stuck in any kind of segregation you will feel the warmth and value of opening up. You will appreciate and long to connect to the people with qualities from warmer countries and cultures.

Let Agate dissolve any fixed rigid or limiting conceptions or states in or of yourself, and let it help you to manifest your potential as a structure to come.

PS: The name Agate

The name comes from the Semitic aqiq or achit meaning separation of a new-born´s hair. A rite that is connected with the name giving is an offering of two compatible sheep for a boy and one for a girl. In greek it became achates a name also given to a river in Sicily where a deposit of chalcedonites was mined, becoming achates in latin and then Agate.

Even the separation of hair by shaving the new born and the name giving as a defined identity, can be seen as layers of separation or manifestation. Giving a new structure or identification.

 

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