|THE UNIVERSE AS A HOLOGRAM
Note: Following are excerpts
from the book, THE HOLOGRAPHIC
UNIVERSE. For more on the language of psychology as a function of
holographic/universal law, go to www.heartcom.org/HoloU1.htm
and part two at www.heartcom.org/HoloU2.htm
. These articles expand somewhat on the quintessential nature of the
HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE. -CR
In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At
the University of Paris, a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect
performed what may turn out to be
one of the most important experiments of the
20th century. You did not hear it on the evening news. In fact,
unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals you probably have
never even heard Aspect's name, though there are some who believe
discovery may change the face of science.
Aspect and his team discovered that under
subatomic particles such as electrons are able to
instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance
separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are ten feet or 10
billion miles apart. Somehow each particle always seems to know what the
other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates
Einstein's long held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the
speed of light. Since travelling faster than the speed of light is
tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting prospect has caused
some physicists to try to come up with elaborate ways to explain away Aspect's
more radical explanations.
University of London physicist David Bohm,
for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that
objective reality does not
exist, that despite its apparent solidity the Universe is at heart a phantasm,
a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram. To understand why Bohm
makes this startling assertion, one must first understand a little about
A hologram is a three-dimensional photograph
made with the aid of a laser.
To make a hologram, the object to be
photographed is first bathed in the light of a laser beam. Then a second
laser beam is bounced off the reflected light of the first and the resulting
interference pattern (the area where the two laser beams co-mingle) is
captured on film. When the film is developed, it looks like a
meaningless swirl of light and dark lines. But as soon as the developed
film is illuminated by another laser beam,
a three-dimensional image of the
original object appears.
The three dimensionality of such images is not
the only remarkable characteristic of holograms. If a hologram of a rose
is cut in half and then illuminated by a laser, each half will still be found
to contain the entire image of a rose. Indeed if the halves are divided
each snippet of film will always be found to contain a smaller but
intact version of the original image.
Unlike normal photographs, every part of
a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole.
The "whole" in every part nature of a
hologram provides us with an entirely new way of understanding organization
and order. For most of its history, Western science has
the bias that the best way to understand a physical phenomenon, whether a frog
or an atom, is to dissect it and study its respective parts.
hologram teaches us that some things in the Universe may not lend themselves
to this approach. If we try to take apart something constructed
holographically, we will not get the pieces of which it is made;
we will only
get smaller wholes.
This insight suggested to Bohm another way of
understanding Aspect's discovery. Bohm believes the reason subatomic
particles are able to remain in contact with one another regardless of the
distance separating them is not because they are sending some sort of
mysterious signal back and forth, but because
their separateness is an illusion. He argues that at some deeper level of reality such particles
are not individual entities, but are
of the same
To enable people to better visualize what he
means, Bohm offers the following illustration. Imagine an aquarium
containing a fish. Imagine also that you are unable to see the aquarium
directly and your knowledge about it and what it contains comes from two
television cameras, one directed at the aquarium's front and the other
directed at its side. As you stare at the two television monitors, you
might assume that the fish on each of the screens are separate entities.
After all, because the cameras are set at different angles, each of the images
will be slightly different.
But as you continue to watch the two fish, you
will eventually become aware that there is a certain relationship between
them. When one turns, the other also makes a slightly different but
corresponding turn, when one faces the front the other always faces toward the
side. If you remain unaware of the full scope of the situation, you
might even conclude that the fish must be instantaneously communicating with
one another, but this is clearly not the case.
This, says Bohm, is precisely what is going on
between the subatomic particles in Aspect's experiment. According to
Bohm, the apparent faster-than-light connection between subatomic particles is
really telling us that there is a deeper level of reality we are not privy to,
a more complex dimension beyond our own that is analogous to the aquarium.
And, he adds, we view objects such as subatomic
particles as separate from one another because we are seeing only a portion of
their reality. Such particles are not separate "parts", but
facets of a deeper and more underlying unity that is ultimately as holographic
and indivisible as the previously mentioned rose. And since everything
in physical reality is comprised of those "eidolons" the Universe is
itself a projection, a hologram. In addition to the phantom like nature,
such a Universe would possess other rather startling features. If
the apparent separateness of subatomic particles is illusory, it means that at
a deeper level of reality all things in the Universe are infinitely
interconnected. The electrons in a carbon atom in the human brain are
connected to the subatomic particles that comprise every salmon that swims,
every heart that beats and every star that shimmers in the sky.
Everything interpenetrates everything, and although human nature may seek to
categorize and pigeonhole and subdivide, the various phenomena of the
Universe, all apportionments are of necessity artificial and all of nature is
ultimately a seamless web.
In a holographic Universe, even
time and space
could no loner be viewed as fundamentals.
Because concepts such as
location break down in a universe in which nothing is truly separate from
everything else, time and three-dimensional space, like the images of the fish
on the TV monitors, would also have to be viewed as projections of this higher
order. At its deeper level reality is a sort of super hologram in which
the past, present and future all exist simultaneously. This suggests
that given the proper tools it might even be possible to someday reach into
the superholographic level of reality and pluck out scenes from the long
forgotten past. What else the superhologram contains is an open-ended
Allowing,for the sake of argument, that the
superhologram is the matrix that has given birth to everything else in
the Universe, at the very least it contains every subatomic particle that has
been or ever will be - every configuration of matter and energy that is
possible, from snowflakes to quasars, from blue whales to gamma rays. It
must be seen as a sort of cosmic storehouse of "All That Is."
Although Bohm concedes that we have no way of
knowing what else might lie hidden in the superhologram, he does venture to
say that we have no reason to assume it does not contain more. Or as he
puts it, perhaps the superholographic level of reality is a "mere
stage" beyond which lies "an infinity of further development".
Bohm is not the only researcher who has found
evidence that the Universe is a hologram. Working independently in the
field of brain research, Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram has also
become persuaded of the holographic nature of reality.
Pribram was drawn to the holographic model by
the puzzle of how and where memories are stored in the brain. For
decades numerous studies have shown that rather than being confined to a
specific location, memories are dispersed throughout the brain.
In a series of landmark experiments in the
920's brain scientist Karl Lashley found that no matter what portion of a
rat's brain he removed he was unable to eradicate its memory of how to perform
complex tasks it had learned prior to surgery. The only problem was that
no one was able to come up with a mechanism that might explain this curious
"whole in every part" nature of memory storage.
Then in the 1960's Pribram encountered the
concept of holography and realized he had found the explanation brain
scientists had been looking for. Pribram believes memories are encoded
not in neurons, or small groupings of neurons, but in patterns of nerve
impulses that crisscross the entire area of a piece of film containing a
holographic image. In other words, Pribam believes the brain is itself a
Pribram's theory also explains how the human
brain can store so many memories in so little space. It has been estimated
that the human brain has the capacity to memorize something on the order of 10
billion bits of information during the average human lifetime (or roughly the
same amount of information contained in five sets of the Encyclopaedia
Similarly, it has been discovered that in
addition to their other capabilities, holograms possess an astounding capacity
for information storage - simply by changing the angle at which the two lasers
strike a piece of photographic film, it is possible to record many different
images on the same surface. It has been demonstrated that one
cubic centimetre of film can hold as many as 10 billion bits of
Our uncanny ability to quickly retrieve
whatever information we need from the enormous store of our memories becomes
more understandable if the brain functions according to holographic
principles. If a friend asks you to tell him what comes to mind when he
says the word "zebra", you do not have to clumsily sort back through
some gigantic and cerebral alphabetic file to arrive at an answer.
Instead associations like "striped, "horse like" and
"animal native to Africa" all pop into your head instantly.
Indeed one of the most amazing things about the human thinking process is that
every piece of information seems instantly cross-correlated with every other
piece of information - another feature intrinsic to the hologram.
Because every portion of a hologram is infinitely interconnected with every
other portion, it is perhaps nature's supreme example of a cross-correlated
system. The storage of memory is not the only neurophysiological puzzle
that becomes more tractable in light of Pribram's holographic model of the
Are you a "Keeper of
the Frequency" (KoF)... of divine love?
Another is how the brain is able to translate
the avalanche of frequencies it receives via the senses (light frequencies,
sound frequencies and so on) into the concrete world of our perceptions.
Encoding and decoding frequencies is precisely what a hologram does best.
Just as a hologram functions as a sort of lens, a translating device able to
convert an apparently meaningless blur of frequencies into a coherent image.
Pribram believes the brain also comprises a
lens and uses holographic principles to
mathematically convert the
frequencies it receives through the senses into the inner world of our
An impressive body of evidence suggests that
the brain uses holographic principles to perform its operations.
Pribram's theory, in fact, has gained increasing support among
neurophysiologist. Argentinean researcher Hugo Zucarelli recently
extended the holographic principles that can explain this ability.
Zucarelli has also developed the technology of holophonic sound, a recording
technique able to reproduce acoustic situations with an almost uncanny
Pribam's belief that our brains mathematically
construct "hard" reality by relying on input from frequency domain
has also received a good deal of experimental support.
It has been found
that each of our senses is sensitive to a much broader range of frequencies
than was previously suspected.
Researchers have discovered, for instance
that our visual systems are sensitive to sound frequencies, that our sense of
smell is in part dependent on what are now called "osmic
frequencies", and that even the cells in our bodies are sensitive to a
broad range of frequencies.
Such findings suggest that it is only in the
holographic domain of consciousness that such frequencies are sorted out and
divided up into conventional perceptions.
But the most mind-boggling aspect of Pribram's
holographic model of the brain is what happens when it is put together with
Bohm's theory. For if the concreteness of the world is but a secondary
reality and what is there is actually a holographic blur of frequencies and if
the brain is also a hologram and only selects some of the frequencies out of
this blur and mathematically transforms them into sensory perceptions,
becomes of objective reality?
Put quite simply, it ceases to exist.
As the religions of the East have long upheld, the material world is Maya, an
illusion, and although we may think we are physical beings moving through a
physical world, this too is an illusion.
We are really
"receivers" floating through a kaleidoscopic sea of frequency and
what we extract from this sea and transmogrify into physical reality is but
one channel from many extracted out of the superhologram.
This striking new picture of reality, the
synthesis of Bohm and Pribram's views, has come to be called the holographic
paradigm, and although many scientists have greeted it with skepticism, it has
A small but growing group of researchers believe it may be
the most accurate model of reality science has arrived at thus far.
than that, some believe it may solve some mysteries that have never
before been explainable by science and even establish the paranormal as a part
Numerous researchers, including Bohm and
Pribram, have noted that
many para-psychological phenomena become much more
understandable in terms of the holographic paradigm. In a Universe in
which individual brains are actually indivisible portions of the greater
hologram and everything is infinitely connected,
telepathy may merely be the
accessing of the holographic level. ("Spherical"
consc. as the "Law of the One" - CR)
It is obviously much easier to understand how
information can travel from the mind of individual "A" to that of
individual "B" at a far distance point and helps to understand a
number of unsolved puzzles in psychology. In particular, Grof feels the
holographic paradigm offers a model for understanding many of the baffling
phenomena experienced by individuals during altered states of consciousness.
In the 1950s, while conducting research into the beliefs of LSD as a
psychotherapeutic tool, Grof had one female patient who suddenly became
convinced she had assumed the identity of a female of the species of
prehistoric reptile. During the course of her hallucination, she not
only gave a richly detailed description of what it felt like to be
encapsulated in such a form, but also noted that the portion of the male of
the specie's anatomy was a patch of colored scales on the side of its head.
What was startling to Grof was that although the woman had no prior knowledge
about such things, a conversation with a zoologist later confirmed that in
certain species of reptiles colored areas on the head, indeed play an
important role as triggers of sexual arousal.
The woman's experience was not unique.
During the course of his research, Grof encountered examples of patients
regressing and identifying with virtually every species on the evolutionary
tree (research findings which helped influence the man-into-ape scene in the
movie ALTERED STATES).
Moreover, he found that such experiences
frequently contained obscure zoological details, which turned out to be
accurate. Regressions into the animal kingdom were not the only puzzling
psychological phenomena Grof encountered. He also had patients who
appeared to tap into some sort of collective or racial unconscious.
Individuals with little or no education suddenly gave detailed descriptions of
Zoroastrian funerary practices and scenes from Hindu mythology. In other
categories of experience, individuals gave persuasive accounts of out-of-body
precognitive glimpses of the future, of regression into apparent
In later research, Grof found that the same
range of phenomena manifested in therapy sessions, which did not involve the
use of drugs. Because the common element in such experiences appeared to
be transcending of an individual's consciousness beyond the usual boundaries
of ego and/or limitations of space and time, Grof called such manifestations
"transpersonal experiences", and in the late 1960s he helped found a
branch of psychology called
entirely to their study.
Although Grof's newly founded Association of
Transpersonal Psychology garnered a rapidly growing group of like-minded
professionals and has become a respected branch of psychology, for years
neither Grof nor any of his colleagues were able to offer a mechanism for
explaining the bizarre psychological phenomena they were witnessing.
that has changed with the advent of the holographic paradigm.
As Grof recently noted, if the mind is actually
part of a continuum, a labyrinth that is connected not only to every other
mind that exists or has existed, but to every atom, organism, and region in
the vastness of space and time itself,
the fact that it is able to
occasionally make forays into the labyrinth and have transpersonal experiences
no longer seems so strange.
The holographic paradigm also has implications
for so called hard sciences, like biology. Keith Floyd, a psychologist
at Virginia Intermont College, has pointed out that if the concreteness of
reality is but a holographic illusion, it would no longer be true to say the
brain produces consciousness.
it is consciousness that creates the
appearance of the brain as well as the body and everything else around us we
interpret as physical. Such a turnabout in the way we view biological
structures has caused researchers to point out that
medicine and our
understanding of the healing process could also be transformed by the
If the apparent physical structure of the body is
but a holographic projection of consciousness, it becomes clear that
us is much more responsible for our health than the current medical wisdom
What we now view as miraculous remissions of disease may
actually be due to changes in consciousness that in turn effect changes in the
hologram of the body.
Similarly, controversial new healing techniques
such as visualization may work so well because in
the holographic domain of
thought images are ultimately as real as "reality". Even
visions and experiences involving "non-ordinary" reality becomes
explainable under the holographic paradigm.
In his book, GIFTS OF UNKNOWN THINGS, biologist
Lyall Watson describes his encounter with an Indonesian shaman woman who, by
performing a ritual dance, was able to make an entire grove of trees instantly
vanish into thin air.
Watson relates that as he and another
astonished onlooker continued to watch the woman, she caused the trees to
reappear, then "click" off again and on again several times in
succession. Although current scientific understanding is incapable of
explaining such events,
experiences like this become more tenable if
"hard" reality is only a holographic projection.
Perhaps we agree on what is "there"
or "not there" because what we call
and ratified at the level of the human unconscious at which all minds are
infinitely inter-connected. If this is true, it is
the most profound
implication of the holographic paradigm of all, for it means that experiences
such as Watson's are not commonplace
only because we have not programmed our
minds with the beliefs that would make them so.
In a holographic Universe there are no limits
to the extent to which we can alter the fabric of reality. What we perceive as
reality is not only a canvas waiting for us to draw upon it any picture we
want. Anything is possible, from bending spoons with the power of the
mind to the phantasmagorical events experienced by Casteneda during his
encounters with the Yaqui brujo don Juan, for magic is our birthright, no more
or less miraculous than our ability to compute the reality we want when we are
in our dreams.
Indeed, even our most fundamental notions about
reality become suspect, for in a holographic Universe, as Pribram has pointed
even random events would have to be seen as based on holographic
principles and therefore determined.
(No accidents in the Universe; we
get what we "ask for" whether we know it or like it or not. -CR)
Synchronicities or meaningful coincidences
suddenly makes sense, and
everything in reality would have to be seen as a
metaphor, for even the most haphazard events would express some
(natural-universal order "Geometry
Of Divinity" as the order of the universe with G.O.D.~LOVE
as a frame of reference for this
-the same Word
derivative - at the heart
of it. -CR).
"In the beginning was the
was with God,
Word was God."
-Book of St. John 1:1
"In the beginning, God geometrized."
- Ancient Hermetic Wisdom
end, we become what we geometrize."
- Modern GeoNotes Wisdom
Whether Bohm and Pribram's holographic paradigm
becomes accepted in science or dies an ignoble death remains to be seen, but
it is safe to say that it has already had an influence on the thinking of many
scientists. And even if it is found that the holographic model does not
provide the best explanation for the
instantaneous communications that seem to
be passing back and forth between subatomic particles, at the very least, as
noted by Bail Hiley, a physicist at Birbeck College in London. Aspect's
"indicate that we must be prepared to consider radically new
views of reality."