Our common sense is not a reliable basis
for correct judgments. There is no common sense on which all
people agree. With time, major shifts occur in what people believe
to be true, resulting in revolutionary changes in society. Such
a shift is now under way. Scientists are talking about an
impending "paradigm shift" (1)(2)(3),
and free thinkers are anticipating a "New Age".
While most scientific people tend to spurn
New Age ideas, it can be shown that both developments are aspects
of the same basic change in human perception of reality.
This paper examines the basis for this
revolution, a revolution that will change our lives profoundly.
When we understand its underlying cause, we can reduce the
growing pains involved and enjoy a better life. One does not have to
be a scientist to understand the issues involved. What is
required, is an open mind, to let go of deeply seated
prejudices about the nature of reality. In this regard, a person steeped
in contemporary scientific thought may even have a
disadvantage, since he or she has spent a lifetime working in a cultural
environment where certain unorthodox thoughts tend to be
greeted with derision. We are not talking about disputing true
scientific facts, it is the interpretation of these facts that is
up for discussion. Through habitual repetition,
interpretations are often accepted as if they were facts, and it is difficult
to detect the difference.
Perhaps the most pervasive unproven
scientific belief is that our minds are the crowning outgrowth of
physical matter, that material came first, and that mind evolved
out of it. The dramatic successes of physical sciences,
and the resulting technology, can easily mislead us to this
conclusion. However, physical sciences are by definition aimed
at the physical world, and to generalize their views beyond
physical reality is scientifically not justified.
This paper attempts to interpret the
findings of quantum physics and other relevant scientific information.
The logical conclusion is that mind is the basis of
our reality, and matter evolves from it, not the other way around.
A holistic logic system is postulated that unifies
seemingly disparate concepts of physical science, psychology,
philosophy, and religion.
LIMITATIONS OF COMMON SENSE
In our three-dimensional (3-D) space, we
have three "degrees of freedom" to move. We see objects that
occupy space exclusive of each other. We also experience time,
stream of sequential events, only one of which is real in the
present. According to Albert Einstein's theory of relativity,
our concepts of space and time do not agree with actual reality.
Our three-dimensional space and our
one-dimensional time are actually two aspects of a four-dimensional
"superspace", mostly called "space-time". Our senses
do not perceive space-time directly (4), but its
existence is well verified through decades of experiments. In addition to Einstein's
relativity theory, modern physics is based on quantum theory,
developed by famous physicists such as Heisenberg,
Schroedinger, Bohr, and Dirac.
Relativity theory focuses mainly on the
macro world of outer space, quantum theory on the micro world
of the atom and its subatomic particles. As relativity theory,
quantum physics also assumes a four-dimensional space in which
our 3-D space and time are blended together (5)(6).
David Bohm, the prominent theoretical
physicist at the University of London, and an associate of
Einstein, thinks of space and time as projections from a higher-dimensional reality
(7). In this more
fundamental type of reality, the distinction that we make between our 3-D space and
time is meaningless (8).
Professor Stephen W. Hawking, one of the
most prominent physicists of our age, states: "We
must accept that time is not completely separate from and independent
of space, but is combined with it to form an object called
space-time." Also: "In reality, there is no real distinction
between the space and time coordinates, just as there is no real
difference between any two space coordinates" (9).
Fritjof Capra describes the difficulty faced by us to form an intuitive picture
of the four-dimensional space-time. This applies also to the
physicists who have worked with it for decades and are thoroughly
familiar with its mathematical formalism (10).
To our common sense, such a superspace seems impossible to visualize.
Yet we have to get used to the idea that it exists, and that
we are living in it, here and now.
The German philosopher Immanuel Kant
(1724-1804) devoted much of his life to the study of epistemology. He
concluded that our way of seeing the world in 3-D space and
time is only a human characteristic, not a characteristic of
true reality. We interpret the true
"thing-in-itself" in terms of space and time, but we do not perceive it directly.
"Space and time are not realities or things existing for
themselves, nor are they qualities or relations belonging to things
as such. They are ways our sensibility has of apprehending
objects . . ." (11)(12).
Kant's writings are difficult to follow, but the message is clear: don't think that your
common sense of space and time gives you a true picture of
reality. The German philosopher Gottfried W. Leibniz made
similar observations earlier (13).
Another one of Albert Einstein's
conclusions is his famous E=mc▓ formula. It states that the mass 'm' of a
physical body can be converted into energy 'E' and vice versa.
Mass, to our common sense, has inertia. It is characteristic
of bodies that occupy space, such as billiard balls. In
contrast, energy is invisible. We sense it only by its effects
on physical objects, such as acceleration, heat, and sound. The
fact that energy and mass are really different versions of the
same thing is difficult for us to visualize, although by
now we have become used to the idea.
Physicists have established without any
doubt that light manifests itself as two different forms in
our world. Depending on the circumstances, it appears either as
electromagnetic waves, similar to radio waves, or as a
stream of physical particles, like microscopic buck shot,
called "quanta" or "photons" (14).
The photons have masses, specific locations and mutually exclusive expansions in 3-D
space. On the other hand, electromagnetic waves are a form of
energy, extending in space and time as fields that can penetrate each
For decades, even centuries, physicists
have debated how these two seemingly contradictory forms of light
can be reconciled. Now both views are accepted as valid, and
scientists use either one or the other, depending on the
situation (15). The two disparate, seemingly irreconcilable forms
of light represent the same thing. In fact, this dual nature is
not just a characteristic of electromagnetic
radiation, but also of subatomic particles, the building blocks
of matter, such as electrons and protons (16).
Again, our common sense tells us that one and the same thing cannot have so
diametrically opposite natures, yet there is no doubt
The most dramatic and ultimate proof of
quantum theory is the Aspect experiment, named after the French
quantum physicist Alain Aspect. In 1982, he and his research
team implemented successfully the test that had been long
in the making, starting with a thought experiment suggested by
Einstein (17)(18)(19). Very simplified, Aspect and his colleagues
created two photons from the same quantum event and observed
them as they speeded into opposite directions. After they had
traveled some distance with the speed of light, the
researchers changed the polarization for only one of them.
(Polarization is the orientation of the wave that corresponds
to each photon.) As a result, the other photon instantaneously
adopted the same polarization, even though the two were far
apart. Relativity theory tells us that nothing can travel
faster than light.
So nothing could have caught up with the
photons after they had departed. Yet, there is this instantaneous
mysterious communication between them. They are
somehow connected in a realm that is beyond our common sense,
although they appear separated in our world.
In addition to the physics examples, we
are all familiar with the Mind-Body dual. It is known as the
"psychophysical" problem and has been concisely formulated by the
French philosopher and mathematician Rene Descartes in his
"Meditations", published in 1641 (20). Descartes
observed that the world consists of two basically different substances: mind and
matter. Matter occupies 3-D space, mind does not. He
could not explain satisfactorily how these two substances,
mind and matter, interact, other than through God's
intercession. To this day, scientists are debating this problem. We
know that each one of us is one individual. Yet our common sense
cannot tell us how our two different constituent parts,
mind and body, function together. This is similar to our inability
to visualize the 4-D whole of space and
The resolution of this problem was already
suggested by Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) (21).
He saw mind and body as two attributes of the same substance,
"processes of one and the same thing expressed in two different
ways" (22). Still it is difficult to understand why he thought
that "these attributes are absolutely independent of one another
and cannot influence each other: mind cannot produce changes in
body nor the body changes in mind," as stated in F.
Thilly's History of Philosophy (23).
The five examples mentioned above mark a
line between what is included in our common sense and what is
not. Our common sense can visualize each of the five pairs. But
we cannot visualize their wholes that combine them. George
W.F. Hegel (1770-1831) explained how for each pair of thesis and
antithesis there exists a synthesis, a whole that
transcends the two opposing parts (24). Our problem
is that our common sense cannot see or visualize the wholes that transcend our
3-D world. The reason is that our five senses are
three-dimensional in nature and thus are limited to perceiving 3-D reality. Our scientists have discovered a reality
that transcends our physical existence. It is not that reality
is divided into two realms. It is that human consciousness is
able to grasp only so much of the total reality, the rest
exceeds our capacity to comprehend. As a result, we experience our
reality as a multitude of phenomena, like not seeing
the forest for the
trees. The threshold of our common sense,
really of our conscious mind, is therefore not a hard
and fast limitation, it is subject to evolution. Accepting this is
a necessary evolutionary step. The present situation
is similar to the one in the 17th century when mankind realized
that the earth is not the center of the universe. Today it is a
matter of common sense that the earth rotates around the
sun, and that even the sun is only a speck in a vast cosmos of an
untold number of galaxies. We are now facing again a new
dramatic paradigm shift. This time, the entire physical 3-D
cosmos will be delegated to the outskirts of a far vaster
invisible multidimensional universe with an untold
number of worlds.
We can overcome the threshold of common
sense outlined above with two interrelated concepts. One is
that true reality has more dimensions than three. The other is a
full understanding of the relationship between a whole and
its constituent parts. In this section we will discuss the first
point, multidimensional space, which we shall
call "M-D space". We have only mentioned 4-D space so far, but
once one accepts the idea that reality is not limited to three
dimensions, then there is no logical reason to assume that it is
limited to four or any other number. Also, physicists are
reaching to ever higher dimensional spaces to consolidate existing
theories into a "unified physics" (25)(26).
For decades physicists have predicted accurately quantum physics
events using mathematics with hundreds of dimensions. They have
become used to the successful application of M-D calculations
without seeing any significance beyond that. This,
incidentally, was exactly what Copernicus told his Church superiors about
his mathematical description of the solar system that
delegated the earth away from the center of the universe.
Although we can not experience M-D
environments directly, the great enlightened religious leaders and
mystics must have been able to do so (27). For
Buddhism and Hinduism, specifically Yoga, the primary goal is to attain an
ever more transcendent
state of mind, and to perceive directly
higher dimensional realities. In contrast, the Western World
has pursued the development of rational thought. It allows
us to understand the laws that govern reality, without
perceiving the reality directly. So we understand for instance
that the earth rotates around the sun, although we cannot see
this directly. In the same manner it is possible to penetrate
M-D reality. We can learn to understand it, though we cannot
perceive it directly.
The following sections of this paper will
provide an introduction to this understanding.
At the beginning of the 20th century a
little book titled "Flatland" was published by
Edwin Abbott Abbott. It may have been the first attempt to visualize
transitions between spaces with different numbers of dimensions.
Abbott described in humorous detail a world of creatures who
live in 2-D space. They have no third dimension, as we do.
Their world is confined to a two-dimensional surface, such as a
sheet of paper without any thickness. For our discussion we shall
modify Abbott's story. We shall assume that these
creatures have the shape of circular discs with zero thickness, and
with a "nose", so that we know which way they are facing (Fig.1).
Let us name them "2Ds". Being totally flat, and
sensing only 2-D objects, our 2Ds don't believe in the existence of a
third dimension. Any 2D oddball who would express such thought
would be ridiculed, because everybody knows of course, that
2-D space is the only reality there is. If any of us 3-D people
would touch their surface world with our fingers, the 2Ds
would see another disc. They would interpret it as a fellow
occupant of their world. They may call it elephant, or whatever. If
they see it the first time, they think that they have
discovered a new species. The 2Ds do not see the fingerprint
pattern, because to them it would resemble the inner organs of the
elephant. If we touch the 2-D world with the five fingers of one
hand, the 2Ds would see five animals, perhaps they would call
our thumb print Rhinoceros.
Figure 1. 2-D world.
Figure 2. Sphere penetrating 2-D world.
If we penetrate the plane with a billiard
ball, moving it through the plane until it leaves on the
other side, the 2Ds would experience the birth, growth,
declination, and death of some phenomenon that constantly changes
its size (Fig.2). The 2D population has some philosophers who
believe that this phenomenon did not really die, that it
continues to exist in some mysterious realm that they call
'spiritual', without having any visible evidence of this in their 2-D
world. But most 2Ds follow the prevailing paradigm of
scientific materialism and ignore such unscientific notions.
Now let us cut a nail into small pieces.
We get little cylinders that we throw on the 2-D plane
(Fig.3). Some cylinders land on their side, the others
on their ends. This event creates great excitement among the
2D scientists. They investigate this matter and observe that
two different kinds of bodies have appeared in their world, some
are circles, the others are rods.
This is, of course,
because the cylinder ends show up in their plane as circles, and the
cylinder sides as rods. Further research by the 2D
scientists leads to their discovery that it is possible to convert
circles into rods and vice versa, by colliding them against each
other. From our 3-D world we see that some cylinders are being
tipped over on their sides and vice versa. The 2D scientists
are agonizing about this puzzle for decades. Finally they are
forced to assume that the circles and rods are really the same
thing that exists in some 'nonmaterial' form, meaning their
wholes do not exist in their 2-D space. The 2Ds postulate that
there must be a 3-D reality that transcends their world. Sound
Figure 3. 3-D cylinders seen from the 2-D
David Bohm has suggested another analogy
that describes the quantum physics duals (28)(29).
Supposed one observes a fish tank with two TV cameras. One camera views
the tank from the front, the other from the side. Two TV
monitors placed side by side display the two images. A fish facing
the front appears different on one monitor compared with the
other. A child too young to understand the setup, will not
even realize that the two images come from the same fish. In
this analogy, as in the previous one, two separate 2-D aspects of
a 3-D object are observed, and the observer is challenged
to form a mental image of the 3-D object. In the same manner we
are challenged to imagine M-D objects of which we see 3-D
aspects in our world.
Plato in his famous cave allegory (30)
compared the appearances of our world with shadows that are thrown
on a cave wall by the real things. We as cave dwellers cannot
see the real objects because we cannot look in their direction.
We see only the 2-D shadows of the invisible 3-D bodies,
creating the illusion that the shadows are the real thing.
In our attempt to understand M-D space, it
is probably misleading to assume that the additional
dimensions must be geometrically perpendicular to our three
space dimensions. Our 3-D space is probably meaningless in an
M-D environment, and geometric right angles between dimensions
have only symbolic meaning. The term "degrees of
freedom" describes the situation better, meaning possible directions of
development that do not coincide with existing directions. Perhaps
it is better to imagine how our thoughts can take off in
directions that have nothing to do with space and time. We are
talking about expanding our consciousness, so thoughts
are a suitable subject to contemplate.
WHOLE AND ITS PARTS: THE HOLON
To simplify our discussions, we define the
term "order" to mean an environment with a given number of
dimensions. A plane has an order of two. A higher order has more
dimensions than a lower order. The term
"transcendent" means "to be of a higher order" or "to have more
integrated dimensions" (See Glossary).
The preceding analogies demonstrated
transitions between lower and higher orders. Simultaneously they
provided transitions between visible aspects and their
transcendent invisible objects. In the same way we are trying to
induce the integrated 4-D space-time environment from its
aspects: 3-D space and time.
From the observations of waves and
particles, we want to transcend to understand the quanta from
which they are projected, and so on.
The key to this process is a thorough
understanding of the relationship between a whole and its
constituent parts. This is an age-old problem that was already
debated vigorously between Plato and Aristotle. Plato postulated that
the phenomena of our world are only aspects, shadows of
invisible real things that he called "eidos" (31).
Aristotle instead believed that the phenomena of our world are the real
things, and that Plato's eidos were abstractions that lacked true
reality in themselves (32). This debate flared
up off and on throughout the history of the Western World, and it is not fully
resolved yet. This paper attempts to do so, based on our
understanding of different dimensional spaces and transitions between
Imagine a cut crystal, say a diamond, and
consider only its form, ignoring its material (Fig.4). The
form represents a whole, while the planes of the crystal
envelope are the constituent parts of the whole form. With
this we can easily make several observations. They will be
very useful for transitions between 3-D and M-D to be
discussed later. We shall call these observations "holon
principles" and give each of them an alphanumeric number HP1, HP2, etc.. The
term "holon" was suggested by Arthur Koestler for the
composite of a whole and its constituent parts (33).
We shall discuss later whether the holon principles derived from this simple
example are universally valid.
Figure 4. Crystal form.
HP1. *The whole has
more dimensions than each of its constituent parts.*
In our simple example, the whole crystal
form has three, the parts only two dimensions.
HP2. *Each part is an
aspect of the whole, seen from a lower order.*
When we put our mind into the frame of the
2-D order, then we perceive each plane as a separate,
HP3. *The whole
encompasses all its parts.*
The 3-D crystal form encompasses all its
2-D side planes.
HP4. *The whole is
invisible from the orders of its parts.*
To the 2Ds, the whole crystal is not
visible, because they do not perceive 3-D space. They don't even
know about the existence of their fellow 2Ds in the other
planes of the crystal.
HP5. *The whole
is an undivided and homogeneous entity,
its parts appear as
separate individual entities in their order.*
The 3-D space within the whole crystal
form is continuous and homogeneous. In contrast, the parts exist
as discrete 2-D entities.
HP6. *The whole and its
parts are one and the same, viewed from different dimensional
From the 3-D point of view, we see the
whole crystal, and we consider its surfaces as mere aspects of
the same thing. From a 2-D point of view, we have discrete,
individual planes. Another analogy for HP6 is David Bohm's fish-tank
with TV cameras. The important point in holistic thinking is to
distinguish carefully between observations made from different
HP7. *Both the whole
and its parts are real, but the whole has a more profound reality.*
There should be no disagreement that a 3-D
form is more profound than a 2-D plane.
HP8. *The parts are
wholes in their own right at a lower order.*
Each plane is an entity of its own in the
2-D order. In turn, the lines are 1-D aspects of the 2-D
planes, yet they are entities in their own right within the 1-D
order. And so are the points aspects of the lines, but they can
also be seen as entities in their 0-D order.
HP9. *The whole
is immanent in each of its
Our 2-D creature analogy is more
representative if we picture the 2Ds as crosscuts of billiard balls, as
figure 2 shows. They still have 2-D "bodies", but
their real self is invisible to them in 3-D space, as ours is for us in
M-D space. Asked about the location of their real selves, they
would say that they are inside their bodies but transcendent to
them. The term used for inside while simultaneously
transcendent is "immanent".
HP10. *A change of any
part goes simultaneously with a change of the whole, and a change
of the whole goes with changes in its parts.*
A change of any crystal plane goes with a
change of the whole crystal form, including other planes.
has to be careful here not to assume too easily a cause and
From the lower-order environment of the
parts we might conclude that one part pushes its adjacent parts
around, causing them to change. But, viewed from the higher
dimensional order of the whole, the whole is undergoing a change
that is reflected in its aspect-parts, perhaps without us being
able to say where the change originates. From the whole's point
of view, there is no difference between the whole and its parts
(HP6). It makes no sense to differentiate between a cause
coming from a part or the whole. For instance, when faced with the
problem of fitting a crystal into a non-yielding mounting, it
makes no difference whether one changes the length of lines,
the shape of planes, or the form of the crystal. All goes together
More will be said about causality within a
holon in section 4.
It is very important to understand how
change is transmitted within a holon. Suppose one part changes
in some way. This is associated with a corresponding change of
the whole. Now, since the whole is immanent in all its parts,
they are all affected, their inner disposition is changed,
affecting their future trend.
The communication between the parts via
the whole occurs because the whole is homogeneous, undivided.
HP11. *It is impossible
to perceive simultaneously more than one aspect of a whole
undistorted from a lower order.*
Assume that we take a photo of a crystal,
with the camera film parallel to one of its planes. Only this
plane appears with its correct shape on the photo, all other
aspects appear either distorted or not at all. The 2-D photo is
in a lower order than the 3-D crystal.
HP12. *The holon
principles 1 through 11 apply to all dimensional orders.*
The reader may want to verify each holon
principle for the case that the crystal planes are the wholes and
the lines their parts. Then repeat the same for the lines
as wholes and the points their parts. (Note that points can
change only their positions). Having established that the
principles are valid for all three transitions from 0-D through
3-D, the best assumption we can make is that they are also valid
for all higher dimensional orders. HP12 is postulated as
a reasonable hypothesis.
HP13. *The holon
principles 1-12 are aspects of one master holon principle.*
The holon can be experienced directly,
without passing sequentially through the principles 1-12
one at a time. This writer had this experience spontaneously
as a young person. It was impossible to describe the holon
directly without braking it down into discrete, individual principles.
Even then, something is still missing: the homogeneity, the
depth, the integrity, the vitality of the holon. The holon
principles are an interrelated group. A mathematician might be able to
formulate a single expression for the holon, from which the
principles can be derived. We shall apply
the holon principles as a "holistic logic" to
research the M-D reality.
The holon principles have been stated
above using only one simple example. Other examples are those
listed in section 2 for the discussion of common sense
limitations. Each pair of space-time, energy-mass, etc. forms a
holon with its respective whole. As far as this writer can
determine, each pair fulfills the cited holon principles, subject to
verification by physicists and psychologists, thus
extending the validity of the HP's to four dimensions.
An example for holon principle (HP11) is
the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, an important
cornerstone of quantum physics (34)(35)(36)(37).
It states (in one of its versions) that it is impossible to measure both the
position and the momentum of an electron simultaneously.
(The momentum is a measure of motion). Assuming that the
electron exists in a higher order than 3-D, holon principle
HP11 makes this same statement. It appears that the Heisenberg
principle is a special case of holon principle HP11.
The holon principles provide a plausible
explanation for the so-called double-slot experiment that has
puzzled quantum physicists. The experiment is well
described in popular literature (38)(39).
We will explain it here highly simplified.
An electron gun shoots electrons against a
target screen at some distance, similar to a rifle practice
range. Now we place a shield between the gun and the target
screen. The shield has two slots next to each other. We shoot
only one electron at a time towards the slots. If we cover one
slot, the picture on the target screen beyond shows the spot
where one electron has hit, as expected. The same thing happens
if we cover the other slot. However, if we leave both slots
open, the target screen shows a broad interference pattern from
two electron waves that come from both slots. We know that
electrons can show up as waves. The surprise is that we get two
waves from a single electron. How can a single electron go
through two separated slots simultaneously? It is like shooting
a billiard ball into two pockets simultaneously.
The answer suggested by holistic logic is
that the electron is a holon with its parts in our 3-D space, but
its whole in 4-D space. Using a 2-D/3-D analogy, suppose
two persons observe a low flying airplane through two widely
separated holes in a roof. As the plane passes in close
proximity, both persons take photos of it simultaneously. Each
developed film shows the airplane clearly and unmistakably. But, if
we view both negatives together, one on top of the
other, there is interference between the two images.
Similarly, the screen in the experiment
shows clear pictures of a single electron when viewed separately,
but an interference pattern when viewed simultaneously. As the
airplane flies by in the third dimension while we are watching
it from two positions on the 2-D ground, so the electron flies
by in the 4th dimension, while we are trying to figure
out how it passes through both slots arranged in 3-D space.
We see only two different aspects of the electron, not the
True to holon principle HP11, no 3-D
analogy can accurately describe all aspects of a 4-D situation.
The example does not convey that the part and the whole are not
separated (HP3, HP6), as the photo and the airplane are. It
ignores also that one can change the whole by changing its part
Another holon example may be seen in the
colors of a rainbow, which are integral parts of white light.
When white light is sent through a prism, it fans out into
different beams of light with the colors of the rainbow, from red
through violet. White light as a whole appears physiologically
uniform and homogeneous. In physics terms, it covers a
certain frequency range of electromagnetic waves. Its
individual parts, the perceived colors, have different
frequencies and are enfolded in the white light. If one sends the same
colors back through the prism in the opposite direction so that
they merge properly, one obtains pure white light again. In
physiological terms, the prism provides a transition from the whole
(white) to its parts (colors) and vice versa. White light has
two degrees of freedom: ranges of color and intensity.
The individual colors have only one degree of freedom left: a
range of different intensities. This example suggests also
how quantum physicists "collapse" quantum wave-packages
from M-D space into particles (40), as discussed later
under Multiple Worlds, Section 4.
Other holon analogies can be taken from
the field of information. The words on this page
represent holons with the letters of which they are composed; so do
the sentences with the words as their parts, the sections with
their sentences, and the whole paper forms a holon with its
sections. A symphony as a whole transcends its parts, the melodies,
and in turn the melodies are holons with the notes in
them. In visual arts, a painting from a good artist expresses
dimensions far beyond the
assembly of its colors on the canvas. One
can distinguish the quality of an art piece by the degree with
dimensions are expressed through its
constituent parts, be it with colors, marble, tones, or words. Thus
some modern "works of art" that are produced through an
arbitrary mixing of elements cannot qualify as real art.
Another example of holons in communication are TV pictures. The
electrical signals that appear in time sequence on the screen
represent the separate parts of the TV picture as a whole.
The reader may want to select his or her
examples from the infinite range of holons in our world,
from subatomic particles up to the myriad of galaxies (41).
It is better not to start with man-made holons, such as machines or
organizations; they often do not represent true holons. The
following sections will show how the holon principles lead
logically and naturally to a model of the universe that encompasses
harmoniously the seemingly conflicting world views of
science and religion, of Western and Eastern thought, of matter and
THE HOLISTIC UNIVERSE
The whole of humanity encompasses the
characteristics and capabilities of all humans (HP3). Holistic
logic tells us that the entity of humanity forms a holon with
all humans. Therefore we assume that a humanity-entity exists in
M-D space, with much superior reality and capability than ours.
We cannot perceive it, yet it is immanent in us.
Humanity-entity includes all our characteristics, therefore it has the
characteristic of a single individual that pursues its own interests.
It is more intelligent than the smartest people
throughout history combined. From its M-D environment,
humankind-entity perceives interrelationships and potentials that are
impossible for us to fathom. It is aware of our thoughts,
because its consciousness includes the consciousness of each human
(HP3). As it implements its decisions, it carries us
along as we do the cells of our body.
This does not mean that we are not free as
individuals. Moving along with the humankind-entity is our
inborn desire, because the humanity-entity is immanent in us. The
humanity-entity is our very essence, our source, our root
cause. Expressing it is what we live for. It means unfoldment of
our innermost potentials. The desires of humanity are in
our hearts. We want what it wants, and we are free when we can
do what we want.
From the humanity-entity's point of view,
it and we are one and the same (HP6). Humanity-entity's will is
our inner drive. That is unless we confuse some erroneous
notions of ours with the will of our real innermost self. (This
is when we begin to lose our freedom). One must distinguish
between independence and freedom. We depend on humankind-entity
for our very existence, yet we are totally free to
express our own true nature, which is the nature of humankind.
The conscious decisions of the
humankind-entity dwell in us unconsciously and we experience them as
instinct, as impulses.
Thus, unless we have cluttered up our mind
with wrong ideas, we can trust our instincts and act
spontaneously. Then we take advantage of the superior knowledge and
intelligence of our inborn humankind-entity. It is like our
fingers doing the bidding of our will. They follow the
impulses of our nervous system, initiated by our decisions. We can
say that they act instinctively, on impulse, spontaneously.
Their instincts are aspects of our conscious decisions.
can trust their instincts, because we are vitally
interested in their welfare. We can say the same for our own
relationship with humanity-entity. This does not absolve us
from using our mind and do our best. Humanity-entity depends
on us, as we depend on our fingers to do their job.
A change in any human, for instance from
experiences, goes with a change in the humanity-entity (HP10),
and since it is immanent in all of us, we are all affected through
our inner disposition, the mind of humanity-entity. The
transmission from one individual to the others occurs because
the humanity-entity is undivided and homogenous (HP9). Such
interchanges are more pronounced for people who are closer to
each other, because they form M-D wholes on a more intimate scale.
Because of our immanent interdependence, we carry
responsibility for others as well as for us, whether we are aware of it
or not. A drug abuser hurts us all. On the other hand,
positive efforts of a few can elevate all society, even if their
deeds are not known.
The concept of group entities is not new.
As mentioned before, Plato believed that transcendent forms
exist from which the multitude of appearances come into our
world (42). The Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung (1875-1961)
concluded that humans share one collective unconscious that lies
deeper than the unconscious of each individual (43)(44)(45).
He had observed a surprising similarity between deeply
seated ideas of widely separated peoples. Similar basic concepts
exist in the psyche of all of us, revealed by recurring dreams
and subconscious ideas expressed spontaneously, without
prior knowledge that they are shared by others. Jung called these
concepts "archetypes", which can be seen as the unconscious
images of our instincts.
Typical archetypes are "mother"
and "hero". He stated: "To my mind it is a fatal mistake to regard the
human psyche as a purely personal affair and to explain it
exclusively from a personal point of view. Such a mode of
explanation is only applicable to the individual in his
ordinary everyday occupations and relationships" (46).
Sigmund Freud had voiced a similar opinion: "I have taken as the
basis of my whole position the existence of a collective mind, in
which mental processes occur just as they do in the mind of the
individual . . ."(47).
Carl Jung claimed that ancestral
experiences accumulate as archetypes in the collective subconscious
of humankind. Individuals "inherit" archetypal
propensities much like Plato saw appearances in our world come from
transcendent "eidos". In holistic logic terms, Jung's collective
subconscious is the consciousness of humanity-entity living in
the M-D environment.
Biologists are used to viewing animal
societies as entities, especially colonies of insects such as
bees, wasps, ants, and termites. The British biologist Rupert
Sheldrake has generated much interest in this subject. He
postulates the existence of hidden, nonphysical forms beyond space and
time that, he claims, underlie biological phenomena. He calls
them "Morphogenetic Fields", or "M-Fields" (48)(49)(50).
Sheldrake brings a multitude of convincing examples for the
existence of these transcendent entities. He describes for
instance how beehives are organized with an intelligence that
far exceeds the capacity of any individual bee. Honeybees maintain
the internal temperature of their nests within 34.5 and
35.5 degrees from spring through fall. They do this by
carefully sealing off all uncontrolled drafts and by warming the
interiors with their body heat by huddling together, more or less as
needed. In hot weather they carry water into their nest,
spread it out, and enhance its cooling evaporation by fanning
air over the water with their wings. Another example
describes the mounds made by compass termites in Australia. These tall
mounds are very narrow in the east-west direction, but
broad in the north-south direction. In this way they are least
exposed to the sun at noon, when its radiation is most intense.
Sheldrake also reports what appears like a
mysterious communication between members of a
species. The communication occurs although individuals are too much
separated for direct
contact. He explains this phenomenon with
what he calls "Morphic Resonance". By this he
means that individuals resonate their information with the transcendent
collective M-Fields, which in turn resonates with other
members, unimpeded by space and time. Sheldrake's M-Fields have the
character of our holon principles. Morphic resonance is the same
as holon principle HP10.
The most widely known anecdotal evidence
of morphic resonance type communication is the so-called
"hundredth monkey effect". The biologist Lyall Watson reported it in
his 1970 book "Lifetide" (51)(52).
The event occurred on a Japanese island where researchers had fed sweet potatoes
to monkeys. For the monkeys this was a new, unknown staple.
They liked the potatoes, but they did not like the beach
sand that covered them. One monkey started to wash the
potatoes in the ocean before eating. This also added a desirable
salty taste. After a certain number of monkeys had copied the
technique, it was suddenly and spontaneously practiced by
the entire community, as if a "critical mass" of
potato-washing monkeys triggered this behavior spontaneously in all their group
members. Shortly after that, monkeys on other islands
practiced the same procedure, although there was no
communication between the islands.
Such mysterious communication was also
observed under laboratory conditions. Rats were put into a maze and
had to find their way out, and later generations did this task
with successively increasing speed. As more rats had become
familiar with the maze, even untrained, genetically
unrelated rats showed higher learning speeds (53).
The M-Field effects have been observed
even with inanimate objects. Mineralogists know that crystals
are often very difficult to grow initially for a new
Once accomplished, however, it can be repeated
more and more easily, even on other continents without any known
Other M-Field examples include flocks of
birds, migrating animal herds, and schools of fish acting like
single entities. Sheldrake's hypothesis has been tested
with positive results. One test involved Japanese nursery rhymes.
British and American groups who could not speak Japanese were
given two rhymes, a traditional one known to virtually every
Japanese, another nonsensical one composed for the test.
After chanting each of them a given number of times, the old
rhyme could be recalled significantly better than the artificial
one (56). Similar tests were done with Hebrew and Persian
words, with Russian typewriter keyboards, and with the Morse
code (57). Results showed invariably that people who have
never been exposed to the correct versions can learn them much
easier than the artificial equivalents.
David Bohm stated that "the energies
involved in M-fields may be very similar to the energies that allow
subatomic particles to communicate nonlocally, regardless of
space and time," (58) and: "on some level that is beyond
ordinary subjective experience, the human race may really be one
organism" (59). Harvard biologist Stephen Jay Gould and his
collaborator, paleontologist Niles Eldredge, propose to treat the whole
of species as analogous to individuals, so that the
whole of the species homo sapiens is considered an entity, as John
Doe is an entity, according to Briggs and Peat (60).
F. Capra states: "We may say that groups of people, societies, and
cultures have a collective mind, and therefore also possess a
collective consciousness. We also may follow Jung in the assumption
that the collective mind, or collective psyche, also includes a
collective unconscious" (61).
With these collaborating comments, we
shall assume that M-D entities do indeed exist, more profoundly
than the physical appearances of its members, but invisible
to us. Consequently, Darwin's theory of evolution, even in its
present "Neodarwinism" version (62), would have
to be revised. What is thought of as natural selection through "survival
of the fittest", is in holistic reasoning the expression of the
conscious will of the species-entity that lives in M-D space.
The selection of the best genes from a "gene pool"
explained by Neodarwinism is in holistic terms a projection of M-D
activity into our 3-D world (refer to Causality, Sect.4). It is not
that gene selection does not occur, but it is influenced by
the will of an M-D entity as it appears in our 3-D world. To
cite an analogy, we can explain our body movements by the
brain sending commands through our nervous system, causing
appropriate muscle contractions. We also can say that our
body moves because we decided so. The anatomical explanation
corresponds to the evolution theory of gene selection. Our
decision to move our body corresponds to the species-entity's
decision to evolve in a certain direction. It is important to
distinguish the order
levels from which observations are made
(HP6). As the physicist Paul Davies states in his article (63):
"Orthodox Neodarwinism, while correctly identifying the basic
mechanism of evolutionary change, fails to capture the
organizational element that generates the progressive arrow of
The holon priciples lead to the assumption
that each animal species has a group-entity that exists in
an M-D environment.
We also must assume species-entities for
the plants, and we assume that physical matter is a
projection from an M-D whole, as modern physics suggests. Based on these
assumptions, it is logical that these group-entities are
themselves parts of even higher order wholes, forming holons of
unimaginable greatness and transcendence. One arrives at a single
super M-D entity for the planet earth, as some scientists
suggest (64). Then there is an M-D entity for our solar system, our
galaxy, and so on.
Finally there is an ultimate entity that
encompasses all that exists, visible and invisible. We shall
call it "All-Entity".
This view of the universe agrees with that
of David Bohm, the physicist mentioned before (Sect. 2). He
makes the following statements: "Physics has shown that
the mechanistic order doesn't fit experience" (65).
Also: "the universe is an undivided whole" (66).
Bohm speaks of an "implicate order" and an "explicate order" of the
universe. The implicate order is the invisible reality from which our
visible reality, the explicate order, emerges. He believes that
life and consciousness are part of the implicate
order, and that they are immanent in what we call inanimate matter.
Before we proceed with our journey into
the M-D realm, it is necessary to understand the relationship
between multiple holons that are stacked across several
dimensional orders, where the parts of one holon are the wholes of
others, and so on. We shall call the holon described in Section
3 a "simple holon".
It is useful to introduce the following
a.) A "source-entity"
is a whole at any dimensional order to which a part belongs, regardless how many
orders are in between. A source-entity is like any ancestor, no
matter how many generations ago.
b.) A "sub-entity"
is any part that belongs to a source-entity, regardless how many orders are in between,
like a descendant from any ancestor, no matter how many
With these definitions, the following
holon principles for multiple order transitions can be
MHP1 *All holon
principles for a simple holon apply also to multiple holons.*
For instance for HP1: if entity
"A" has more dimensions than "B", and "B" has more
dimensions than "C", then "A" has more dimensions than "C". MHP1 means
that we can make statements about wholes and parts without knowing how
many orders are between them. For instance, we can apply
the holon principles for the humankind-entity and individual
humans without knowing exactly the subdivisions in between, such
as different races or different psychological character types.
MHP2 *Any entity of a
higher order is invisible to another entity of a lower
This has been stated already for the
simple holon (HP4). For the sake of completeness, MHP2 points out
that all entities of a higher order are invisible, not just the
source-entity, because they all have more dimensions. For
instance we cannot directly perceive the selves of other persons, as
we cannot our own.
differentiation and separation between sub-entities increases with the
number of orders between them and their source.*
This is because each additional dimension
of a source-entity provides an additional
degree of freedom with which parts can differ from each other.
For instance, the members of one human race-entity differ
less from each other than all humans.
source-entities of all orders are immanent in a sub-entity.*
This statement is equivalent to HP9,
except that it includes also all source entities of higher orders
beyond the immediate whole. The logical proof of this is
similar to the one given under MHP1. MHP4 says for instance that
immanent in a person are humanity-entity, earth-entity, All-
Entity, and whatever source-entities are in between (see
"Human Psyche", this section.)
MHP5 *A source-entity
has simultaneous and direct access to all its sub-entities at
all lower orders, without the need to pass through the
intermediate orders sequentially.*
This is because of its added dimension.
For instance we can see in a crystal form all points, lines, and
planes simultaneously because we perceive in 3-D, the third
being the added dimension.
MHP6 *From a
sub-entity's point of view, its source-entities of progressively
increasing orders appear stacked in a successive sequence.*
For a consciousness to proceed from a
lower order to higher orders, it appears necessary to pass
successively from one order to the next, because each higher order
remains invisible before every upward step. This is in contrast to
MHP5, which allows the source-entity to cross all lower
orders in a single step.
MPH7 *Higher order
source-entities are more deeply immanent.*
This statement amounts to a definition of
"depth of immanence". The more order levels exist between a
source-entity and a sub-entity, the more deeply immanent it is
in an entity. Psychologically this corresponds to the
observation that the humanity-entity is on a deeper
subconscious level than the inner personal self.
MHP8 *Deeper levels of
immanence correspond to lesser privacy.*
This is because the deeper immanent
source-entity encompasses more sub-entities. This principle seems to
contradict experience, because we tend to think that
our most private thoughts and feelings are most deeply
immanent. But there is a difference between individual and immanent
thoughts. The deeper the immanence, the more it is shared with
We can now make some definite statements
about the nature of M-D reality, beginning with All-Entity.
All-Entity is the source-entity of everything; all other
entities in the universe are Its sub-entities (HP3,MHP1). The
entire universe is a holon with All-Entity being the whole.
All-Entity and Its parts are one and the same, seen from different
points of view (HP6).
All-Entity has an infinite number of
degrees of freedom (HP1). It includes in Itself all aspects,
capabilities, and potentials of everything that exists
(HP3). For instance It has all human aspects, but beyond these an
infinite number of others. All-Entity has no individuality,
if we mean by individuality to be different from others.
There are no others on that level to be different from. Being
the source-entity of everything alive, All-Entity is the very
essence of life. It transcends and resolves all differences
between entities in the universe (HP5). Thus All-Entity is
ultimate harmony. Love is harmony between living beings, therefore
All-Entity is ultimate Love.
The lower the order from which All-Entity
is viewed, the more It appears differentiated into discrete
individuals (MPH3). All sub-entities, no matter what order, are
equally close to All-Entity (MHP5). The dimensions of
All-Entity provide a direct communication path even to the
lowest entity. So, while we are aspects of humankind, we are also
direct aspects of All-Entity. There is no danger of being
blocked by some "middle management" in between. Therefore an
individual can influence its entire species through a "divine
Since All-Entity encompasses everything,
Its consciousness is aware of everything, including every
thought and deed. Every thought and every deed is a direct part of
All-Entity. There simply is no division between All-Entity
and us (HP5). A whole and its parts are one and the same, just
seen from different points of view (HP6). We cannot be
separated from All-Entity.
The only separation we may feel is due to
our limited minds, our common sense. Since we cannot be separated
from All-Entity, we are immortal. We shed our body as a tree
sheds its leaves. Fear of death comes from excessive
identification with physical reality, from lack of M-D understanding.
Being immersed in All-Entity does not deprive us of our
individuality. Any part maintains its uniqueness though it is
totally merged with its whole. The different levels of dimensional
orders make this possible (HP7&8).
All-Entity is the root source within us.
It is the reason why we must trust our inner strength, the
reason why we are entitled to self confidence, no matter what our
station in life. Since All-Entity, the essence of life and
consciousness, is immanent in everything, there is no
"dead" matter. There is consciousness in every atom. What we call
dead matter appears so to our senses because we cannot sense
the life within it. We know that the molecules, atoms, and
subatomic parts are very active indeed in their world. This
activity must be regarded as a form of life. Our American Indian
friends have always been closer to this kind of understanding. We
have good reason to appreciate their tradition that has kept
these ideas alive.
David Bohm, the physicist mentioned
before, says that life is implicit in what we call inanimate matter
Philosophers had made such statements in
the past. G.W. Leibniz claimed that the same principle of
consciousness that expresses itself in the mind of man is active in
inanimate matter, in plant, and animal (70).
The valiant effort by scientists to determine the beginning of life on earth
appears futile from a holistic point of view, because everything
that exists is alive, period. Also in M-D terms, there is no
beginning, because there is no time as we perceive it, to be
discussed in the next section.
Since M-D reality is immanent in all
appearances of our world, people who believe that our physical world
is the only reality have a good reason to think so. One can
point to objects and claim that they represent all the reality
there is, because all reality is indeed immanent in them. There
is no higher reality outside our world, no "heaven"
beyond outer space.
One approach to Yoga enlightenment is to concentrate on
an object, perhaps a flame, until one senses its inner reality,
which eventually turns out to be the inner reality of
everything else. Another approach is to concentrate on the present
moment, because it contains all reality. Every flower that
emerges from its seed, every birth of any kind, demonstrates the
immanence of life.
The closest contact with the ultimate
reality is within our selves, as the great mystics of all ages
have proclaimed (71).
Fritjof Capra, nuclear physicist in Vienna
and publisher of several books, draws compelling parallels
between the findings of modern physics and the religious
philosophies of the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese thought,
Taoism, and Zen (72). He writes for instance: "Modern physics
leads us to a view of the world that is very similar to the views
held by mystics of all ages and traditions" (73).
The above statements fall logically and
naturally from the holon principles. Beyond abstract thoughts they
can have a profound effect on an individual. It is possible to
have an experience
of total unity with the entire universe.
This occurs apparently to an increasing number of people.
According to Dr. Joan Borysenko, polls show a surprisingly high
and increasing rate of extraordinary psychological incidences (74).
Thirty five percent of the American public are said to have
felt very close to a powerful spiritual force that seemed to
lift them out of themselves. Five percent experienced being
bathed in a mysterious light, such as Apostle Paul on
the way to Damascus. Dr. Borysenko has a PhD. in cell biology
from Harvard Medical School and is president of Mind, Body
Health Siences, Inc..
Spontaneous transcendental awakenings have
been reported throughout history (75).
The Canadian physician Richard Maurice Bucke, M.D., published a book in 1901,
titled "Cosmic Consciousness" (76).
In it he describes elevated states of mind and brings fifty examples of specific
personalities. Bucke assumed that humankind is at the verge of
developing a new kind of consciousness, because he observed an
increasing rate of occurrences. The same thought was
expressed by W.T. Stace (77).
This is also supported by the "New
Age" trend, that is driven by individual spontaneous spiritual or
psychological transformations (78).
Marilyn Ferguson describes the increasing trend towards enlightening transformation
and lists nineteen "intentional triggers" in her
book "The Aquarian Conspiracy" (79). Throughout the discussions in this paper,
well known, long standing philosophical concepts come to
mind. One is compelled to identify the All-Entity concept with
"pantheism", the doctrine that the divine is all-pervasive.
This writer feels uncomfortable with this term, because any
theism, pan- or otherwise, tends to have a certain
limiting connotation. The system described herein is neither
theistic nor atheistic.
All-Entity simply IS, and it encompasses
everything else that IS. Any description of reality fails to
convey true direct experience. This applies also to this
However there is an intuitive knowledge that goes with it
and existing philosophical terms tend to divert
attention from this knowledge. They have attained a reality of
their own in the human psyche, and name recognition of them
may be confused with understanding the underlying reality. The
whole is basically simple, as any whole is, being only a
single one. So this paper will use philosophical terms very
sparingly, asking experts to be forgiving.
Nature of Time
As already stated, our concept of time
does not correspond to higher reality. Time is an aspect of 4-D
space-time (Sect. 2).
Following our holistic logic: past,
present, and future are parts of space-time. They exist in it
simultaneously (HP5). Past, present, and future are present in
space-time, now and at any other moment of our time (HP9). We
experience sequentially in our time what exists actually
simultaneously in transcendent reality. It is like the light spot moving
on the TV screen, going through the picture one point at a
time, because the TV transmission system cannot handle all
points simultaneously. Or it is like driving in a car through a
landscape. At any one moment we experience the immediate
environment around the car as the present event. We do not see the
stretch that we have already traveled, or the one before us.
Yet the entire route exists simultaneously, in parallel, if
seen from above. In fact, the landscape does not only exist
behind and in front of us, but stretches out to all sides. Our
decisions are like turns that we take at intersections,
choosing a particular future course of events out of many
possible ones. Instead of a landscape with features such as trees,
houses, etc., the space-time landscape is composed of
probable events, the closest ones being most probable. This concept of space-time is emerging
from modern science.
John Gribbin describes in his book the
hypothesis that many worlds exist in parallel to, and intersect
with ours, with options to branch out (80).
Gribbin also describes the work of Feynmann, who showed mathematically that
subatomic particles can travel backward in time (81).
"Both quantum theory and relativity theory permit time travel, of
one kind or another. And anything that is acceptable to both
theories, no matter how paradoxical that something may seem, has
to be taken seriously".
(82). Capra quotes Lama
Govinda about Buddhist meditation experience: "In this space-
experience the temporal sequence is converted into simultaneous coexistence,
the side-by-side existence of things . . . becomes a living
continuum in which time and space are integrated" (83).
David Bohm believes that time is enfolded in the whole, that time
is an aspect of the implicate order (84)
(Sect.2). Professor Hawking talks about "imaginary time" in his book
"A Brief History of Time", with a well defined mathematical meaning. He
suggests "that the so-called imaginary time is really the
real time, and that what we call real time is just a figment of our
The assumption of an M-D landscape that
holds all events, including the ones that in our view were
in the past, would explain why scientists cannot find where
in the brain memories are stored. They are most likely not
stored in the brain, instead the brain has the function of
reading information that exists in a timeless M-D environment.
Photographic memory can be understood that way, also the reports
that people with near death experiences (NDEs) see their entire
lives in an instant.
This understanding of space-time may
explain the character of dreams pursuing a psychological tale with
utter disregard of space and time. Holistic time and space
could perhaps also explain clairvoyance, precognition, and
readings of past reincarnations (86).
Holistic logic tells us also that time has
no beginning and end. The limitations that we perceive in our
order do not exist in higher dimensional orders. A beginning of
time implies a separation from non-time. Separations do
not exist at the level of a whole (HP5). Physicists postulate
that space-time runs back into itself in 4-D space, like the
surface of our earth in 3-D space (87). Parts
tend to be symbolic for the whole they represent, because the whole is immanent
in the parts. The celestial bodies are likely to be 3-D
symbols of the M-D reality whence they come. If there is no beginning
and end of time, then our notion of a beginning of time with a
"Big Bang" must represent a distorted view of true reality, caused
by our "prejudice" that events occur sequentially in time, while
in the actual and more fundamental M-D reality everything exists
simultaneously in parallel. We have great difficulty
visualizing this, but our common sense cannot be trusted in such
matters. In this writer's opinion, the real "Big-Bang" is
All-Entity, and our 3-D physical world is constantly being created out of
the timeless M-D environment. In fact, we are the ones that
create it. It is our limited view of the multidimensional
reality that carves our aspect out of it. We are the ones that settle for
a subset of the total.
Without us, that narrowing-down to our
reality would not exist. Of course the same goes for cats, dogs,
fleas, etc., with their own worlds.
We can draw also some interesting
conclusions about our own psyche. As we have already seen, it
includes all source entities, including humankind-entity and
All-Entity, with untold M-D layers in between (MHP4). They are all
immanent in us. We must assume that there are intermediate
entities between us and the humankind-entity, given the different
races, nationalities and character types that we observe. We
can draw a simplified map of the human psyche that corresponds
to holistic thinking (Fig.5). We shall bypass psychological
definitions, such as id, ego, and superego for the reason given for
philosophical terms (All-Entity, last paragraph). Figure 5
depicts the view from our own, our sub-entity's position, with
all higher entities in series according to MHP6. From
All-Entity's point of view, all these entities appear in parallel (MHP5).
Fig. 5. Map of human psyche
We call the M-D entity of our body and
mind the "self". According to holistic reasoning, our self
is in turn an aspect of a more complex entity of an even higher
order. We shall call this next higher entity our
"soul", disregarding existing meanings implied by this word. The soul
must have other aspects besides the self that we identify with. We
may call these the "multiple selves". The concept
of multiple selves is not alien to psychologists. H. Kohurt, for instance,
discussed them in his paper "The Search for the
Self", as reported by Louis Zinkin (88)(89).
The Soul is immanent in each of the
multiple selves as it is in ours (HP9). Thus each self refers to it as
"my soul", although the soul includes more selves than one
(MHP8). Our soul is within our self, and our self is in our
mind and body. This means of course that our Soul is immanent
in our mind and body. The soul in turn is a part of an even
higher order entity unknown to us. It in turn is part or
subpart of the humankind-entity. This proceeds through
entities of higher and higher order, through earth-entity all the
way up to All-Entity.
All are immanent in "us", in our
bodies, minds, our Selves, and our Souls. If we could proceed in our
consciousness to peel off the outer layers of us, one by one,
starting with our body, we would recognize higher and higher entities
as our "real I", eventually experiencing All-Entity as our
ultimate true identity. In this sense, and with the
appropriate state of mind, it is no blasphemy to state that
"I am God". This is exactly the path to enlightenment taught
by Yoga, Buddhism, and other mystic philosophies. They all seek
the awakening to one's innermost reality, which turns out to be
the holistic reality of the whole universe. The ancient scriptures
of Hinduism, for instance, the Vedas, call the innermost
personal reality "Atman",
and the ultimate
reality of the universe "Brahman". The wisdom to be understood and to be
experienced is that Atman and Brahman are one and the same (90)(91)(92)(93).
The described concept of the human psyche
provides also an explanation why long distance runners get
their "second wind", "third wind", etc., until they
experience a psychic "high". They draw on deeper and deeper immanent
reserves, thus experiencing higher levels of their
psyche. For the same reason, frightening experiences can have
an exhilarating effect.
The soul dwells in an environment where
our limited notions of space and time do not exist. For the soul,
its constituent selves exist all simultaneously. However
to our mind, time differences do exist, and the selves of
the same soul appear in different time periods of human history.
This has been interpreted as reincarnation, however it
is not a matter of the soul jumping from body to body. It is the
creative expression of life by the soul into many different
dimensions, so that it can grow through experiencing life in a
multifaceted way far beyond the scope of a single self. What we
perceive as one particular incarnation of our soul is one
specific aspect of natural, creative unfoldment into its
Unfoldment occurs at any level, be it the
spreading of a flower's petals, of a tree's branches,
different races, or different selves of a soul. It is only our
limited common sense, our distorted sense of space-time,
that prevents us from seeing the true greatness of our souls as
they unfold their existence into seemingly separate selves,
as any holon does.
Our souls do not need to be saved. They
are securely imbedded in the folds of All-Entity, as are our
selves. Where time does not exist, death cannot be.
Dr. Ian Stevenson, Professor of Psychiatry
at the University of Virginia Medical School, has performed
thousands of scientifically documented case studies of
apparent reincarnation. At least five volumes with
case histories have been published by the Virginia University
Press (94). The university's decision to publish this
"controversial" material was based on Dr. Stevenson's impeccable
professional credibility and on an independent in-depth check into
the scientific viability of his studies. A summary of Dr.
Stevenson's studies is given in a book titled:
"Reincarnation", authored by Sylvia Cranston and Carey Williams (95).
Dr. Stevenson focused his studies on children, because he observed
that the reincarnational recall tends to fade after
a certain age. Also, children's spontaneous recalls are less
suspect because they are less influenced by prior knowledge.
Furthermore, children's stories can often be more easily verified,
because witnesses of their former lives may still be alive.
According to Cranston and Williams, for
each case investigated Dr. Stevenson and his staff taped
interviews with an average of 25 people.
They checked out documents,
letters, medical records, etc., and compared character
traits between the child and its claimed former personality. In
about 200 cases the child could point to a birthmark where it
claimed to have been wounded or killed, and the position of the
wound could be verified through witnesses or records of
these events. For instance one boy claimed that he was
formerly a Turkish bandit who took his life when he was cornered by
authorities. He shot himself from below through his jaw. The
boy had a huge mark there, and hair was missing on his scalp
where the bullet supposedly had emerged in his former life.
A witness of the shooting was still alive and verified
these details. Other cases involved people who could fluently
speak foreign languages, although they had never learned
them in this life.
It is appropriate at this point to
redefine the term "mind". We distinguish here between "conscious
mind" and "unconscious mind" and we shall define as "unconscious
mind" all the mind-substance in our psyche, up to All-Entity. There are
really no divisions.
In any multiple holon there are no
divisions between its order levels. The source-entities and the
sub-entities at all levels are one and the same, only seen from
different points of view (HP6&MHP1). The word
"psyche" means then the total of conscious and unconscious mind.
Holistic thinking leads to the belief in
mind over matter.
According to HP10, a change in any part is
associated with changes in the whole and the other parts.
Therefore, conscious thoughts change the self and through it
the body. Any intense and persistent thought pattern does affect
the body, positively or negatively, depending on the type of
thoughts. Depending on how strong and persistent the thought
patterns are, they affect deeper or shallower layers of the psyche,
causing more or less permanent effects on the body.
Therefore the prevailing medical practice
of repairing the body as one would a complex machine appears
inappropriate. Instead the growing trend of a holistic approach
to medicine addresses the whole personality and is likely to be
more effective and less costly in the long run. Of course a
change in the body also affects our mind, as we all
experience when we are sick.
The effect in that direction usually
happens much faster. Probably this is because our mind is much
more flexible than our body, the former being less locked into
space and time than the latter. Thus it takes the body longer to
change in response to a new blueprint from the inner self, as
seen in our time perception.
So far we have viewed the M-D hierarchy
like the organization of a corporation, where managers have an open
door policy to all people working for him or her, down to the
However, as everybody knows who has
participated in corporate life, organization diagrams are crude
abstractions of how an organization really functions. In
actuality, there is a multitude of cross-communications and
informal working relationships.
So it is with the M-D
hierarchy. Different levels are not distinctly separated, even
seen from below, because consciousnesses usually grow
across them gradually. Parallel entities melt together to form
partial holistic unions, others disintegrate. Furthermore, parts
belong to more than one whole, as individuals belong
simultaneously to a family, a work organization, a church, a club, and (God
forbid) to several partners. While this complicates the
issues, the holon principles still apply to whatever
situation one considers.
Also remember that the hierarchical
organization appears rigid only when viewed from the bottom up, while
from the top down everything is one harmonious, homogeneous
evolving union (HP6).
Now, is the reader confused about who he
or she really is, the daily-life-person, the self, the soul, or
the entire string to All-Entity? And how do the multiple selves
relate to us? The answer can be obtained again with our
trusty crystal model.
Pointing to one of its planes one can ask
whether this is a plane or whether it is the whole crystal.
It depends on our point of view (HP6). The more we live from
our heart, the deeper we feel the joyful union with the
rest of the world, the more we identify with our higher
source-entities (MHP7). Each individual sets his or her own place by
the attitude towards life, by the scope of mind. The other
selves are not separate, competing entities, viewed from the soul
(HP6). Any action, any thought of our self affects our other
selves and vice versa, whether one is aware of them or not
(HP10). It is unconscious teamwork across space and time.
Learning to open up to and to identify
with our inner self and our soul opens the access to their greater
power, potential, and harmony. This is why deep muscle
relaxation exercises used by psychologists for anxiety desensitization
are so helpful. One puts the conflicting currents of daily
life on hold and allows the soul to do its job: to implement peace
Conflicts are seen at this level with a
detached, sovereign, and much more knowledgeable point of view.
With some practice, one can sense answers and suggestions from
there. The prerequisite is, of course, that one accepts the
existence of M-D reality to begin with. This is also the reason why
obsessive-compulsive behavior, such as alcoholism, can be much
more effectively cured if the treatment involves a spiritual
approach. Inner conflicts are already resolved at a deeper level
within us, there being a harmonious whole of opposing parts. It's a
matter of opening up to it.
M-D reality is called
"spiritual", but this term has connotations for many people that do not
well reflect the true nature of M-D reality. Many believe that
the spiritual world lies beyond our world, unreal compared
with ours, separated from us, and only to be reached after death.
Holistic knowledge tells us instead that transcendent
existence is more real than physical reality. Spiritual and physical
reality are one and the same, seen from different points of
We are living in the spiritual M-D world right now, always,
dead or alive. It is better to think in terms of laws of
nature that permeate all reality. Only with this understanding
shall we use the term spiritual here, synonymously with M-D
A holistic model of the multidimensional
universe is not complete without addressing the utter
immensity, the mind boggling and seemingly hopeless
vastness and complexity of it all. If we think that we cannot grasp
our physical cosmos with its myriad galaxies and endless
space, wait till you hear the rest. Imagine that the cells in your
body form a society of living individuals, like a microscopic
human society. You are a single cell and you try to understand all
of reality. Through some communication you may have a vague
idea of the organ in which you dwell. However, to understand
the whole body is impossible. This corresponds roughly to
our understanding of the physical cosmos. Now realize that your
scientists have not even discovered yet that there is a mind
associated with the body, your cosmos. Worse yet, there are
other body-cosmoses with minds in addition to yours, billions
of them. And these live on one relatively insignificant
planet, with the entire universe still beyond, with untold
galaxies. This may be an apt description of our situation. It
demonstrates also why we must not reject the following considerations as
unrealistic. What is possible for one holon, the cell, is
possible for any holon, including ours. If such conclusion is
logical, our common sense is not qualified to reject it just because
it is so overwhelming.
Let us revisit our 2Ds. Our crystal has a
number of planes with different orientations in 3-D space. The
2Ds of any one plane cannot perceive any of the other planes,
because they lack a sense for a third dimension. The crystal
in our example is a rather simple structure. Potentially,
there can be an unlimited number of 2-D aspects of the same 3-D
object. Think of a tree. One can take virtually an unlimited number
of different (2-D) photos of it. Thus one can create an
unlimited number of 2-D aspect/parts of one 3-D whole (HP2). As
far as analogies go, it is not possible to find one that explains
all holistic situations simultaneously. One must
combine mentally the aspect-parts vs. whole relationship of the
crystal (HP1-13) with the aspects of the tree. In other words,
for an accurate analogy, the photos would have to be
organically integrated with the tree (HP6).
So there are potentially an infinite
number of parts in the holon of any entity, and there are
potentially an infinite number of worlds in the holon of any
higher order world. Inhabitants of a lower order world do not
perceive the fellow-worlds of the same order, as the
2Ds in one crystal plane don't see the other planes. In the same
manner, we do not perceive the other 3-D worlds. They are
differently oriented in 4-D space.
Higher order M-D worlds are
even much more diversified. The 4-D world to which we and
other worlds belong is itself only one of many. There are
potentially a limitless number of 4-D worlds, each one having a
limitless number of 3-D worlds, and so on up the M-D hierarchy.
All-Entity has an infinite number of sub-entity worlds at
all order levels, spreading out into more and more
diversification at lower orders.
Another analogy may help to visualize this
situation. As mentioned in Section 3, white light
contains a range of colors. It is possible to choose different colors
from pure white light, corresponding to the infinite number of
electromagnetic wave frequencies that comprise white light. So
in the world of colors, the single whole, white,
potentially spawns an infinite number of "color worlds". This
concept applies to every holon on all M-D order levels.
The multiple world concept is not just an
unrealistic play with thoughts. Quantum physicists are beginning
to believe that this is a correct interpretation of their
quantum mathematics. The subject was first seriously addressed in
1950 by Hugh Everett who explored the concept mathematically (96)(97)(98).
It appears that multiple worlds are just as
real as ours, even though they are invisible to us. As John
Gribbin says: "It sounds like science fiction, but it goes
far deeper than any science fiction, and it is based on
impeccable mathematical equations . . ."(99).
The only reason why some physicists have difficulty to accept this is that it goes
against their common sense.
We have so much trouble to accept the
immensity of multiple worlds because we imagine them as
separate. In reality, they are aspects of one whole. In M-D reality
there are ultimately no separate entities, there is only one
single All-Entity. Our common sense may not be able to cope with
the vastness of the M-D universe, but the consoling thought is
that our inner psyche can do so. We can trust that it can deal
with this because in its deepest immanence it is identical with
All-Entity. We can compare this with an individual within a
nation. As a single person we could feel hopelessly
insignificant, given the total population of the country. Yet, with some
spirit of patriotism it can be even uplifting to be part of a
great nation. We can adopt a similar attitude towards the
entire universe and feel very good about it.
Holistic logic provides some insight into
the creation of the worlds, ours and others. The camera in our
tree analogy stands for a consciousness that perceives a 2-D
aspect of the 3-D whole. It is the act of taking the
picture, of paying attention to an aspect, which makes that aspect real
as a 2-D entity. In a holon, the potential aspects of the
whole become real in the lower order because some consciousness
perceives them. If nobody looks at a particular aspect of a
3-D object, that aspect
does not exist as a 2-D entity. By the
same token, if nobody looks at a 3-D aspect of a 4-D object,
that aspect does not exist as an entity in our 3-D world. It is
the restricted consciousness that creates entities at its
order level out of the unlimited aspects of the transcendent
whole. As John Gribbin says: "nothing is real unless
we look at it" (100). This is true for the reality that we
experience, and we also must assume that it is true for other
realities that we don't perceive ourselves. The different
realities are "created" by their inhabitants because they look at
different aspects of the same transcendent whole. The term
"real" means here what is real for us, real in our order. The
transcendent whole has always been and still is real, more
profoundly real in its own domain (HP7). The multiple world idea is
really analog to multiple selves. Holons have the same
structure throughout the universe (HP12). We may assume that our
multiple selves live in different multiple worlds, not just in
different time periods.
The multiple-world view of holistic
thinking means that we constantly pick our own reality from an
unlimited reservoir of existing probabilities that are already
real in the multidimensional environment. Our own
reality depends on how we approach the greater, invisible reality
around and within us, which aspects we focus on, individually
and as a society. It is as if we all wear tinted glasses, each
person a different color. We all look at the same objects in M-D
space bathed in white light. However, each one of us sees the
same world with a different color. We hardly realize this,
because we are so used to our own color. Some people see the
world in a depressing blue, while others in a cheerful pink.
Certain items are not even seen at all by some but by others,
because our colored glasses filter out certain aspects.
Assuming for a moment that there are enough colors (which is true in
terms of psychological diversity), there are as many different
worlds as there are people, each picking his or her unique
aspect of the M-D world.
To change our world, we must change the
color of our own glasses. Preferably we want to increase
the color range until we see white light. So we want to increase
the range of our consciousness. As we do away with the
limitations of our mindset, we automatically act more in tune
with the greater reality in which we reside. Our world
becomes more desirable for us as well as for others. "You
create your own reality", this is the message repeated tirelessly by
Seth in Jane Roberts' books. He explains in enlightening detail
how we can change our lives by changing our beliefs (101).
In fact, Seth's entire philosophy dovetails coherently with the
holistic system described here. To this writer this is one
of the indications of Seth's authenticity. Without the Seth
material, the Multiple World section and some other parts of this
paper would not have been written with the same confidence. The
Seth books provide a wealth of information for the serious
student of M-D reality.
Philosophers have suggested multiple
worlds in the past. Spinoza, for instance, said that God has
an infinite number of attributes, of which humans perceive only
physical extension and thought, humans being
themselves of a physical and mental nature (102).
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) postulated that ours is the "best of
all possible worlds" (103).
The holistic hierarchy described here is
reminiscent of Leibniz's system of monads, which are
basically spiritual, psychic entities positioned in a
metaphysical hierarchy (104). The higher a monad is positioned, the more
it represents the reality of the universe, each from its own
perspective. There is an all-encompassing supreme monad: God.
"The source of mechanics lies in meta-physics",
according to Leibniz. He pointed out that the whole overall system
is totally homogeneous, without discrete steps. The
interaction between monads at different levels, such as the
soul and the body, is due to a harmony pre-established by God,
according to Leibniz.
There are two types of causality. We are
used to the type confined to space and time: if certain
conditions exist and certain events occur at some time, then
these cause another set of conditions and events at a later time.
This is the scientific type of reasoning. It deals
with parts on the same order level, for instance within our 3-D
world. We shall call this type of causal relationship
"temporal causation", because time passes between its cause and effect.
The maximum speed with which temporal causation can occur is
the speed of light, according to Einstein. The other type of
causation occurs between wholes and their parts, between
dimensional orders (HP10). This type was more perceived by
the Greek philosophers (105). We shall call it
"holistic causation". In contrast to temporal causation, holistic causation can
cause correlated events to appear in our world perfectly
simultaneously, giving us the impression that they communicate
faster than the speed of light. This is so because one of these
events is not the result of another in time and space, but both
events are the result of the same "super-event" in M-D
space. The super-event may or may not appear simultaneously in our physical
world, depending on what aspect of the M-D event we observe,
depending on which of the multiple worlds we happen to occupy.
Quantum physicists have indeed observed causation with higher
speed than light. They call it "super-luminal
causation". The Aspect experiment mentioned before demonstrated holistic
causation. The polarization of one photon changed
instantaneously with that of its twin photon.
Holistic causation occurs between the soul
and its constituent selves (Sect.4). All selves influence
their common soul, and the soul influences all its selves
simultaneously, no matter where they happen to appear in time and
space. No temporal causation exists between reincarnations,
unless they meet in physical life. From the holistic point of
view, the prevailing understanding of karma is misleading.
Originally it meant the force of creation, wherefrom all things
have their life. Later the meaning was distorted to imply fate,
caused by one's own actions in former incarnations. The
original meaning represents holistic causation. Apparently, with time
people lost this understanding, and the definition of karma
deteriorated to the temporal causation version.
Between our inner self and the sum of our
body and conscious mind is a constant flux of holistic
causation. Carl Jung coined the term "synchronicity" for
correlated psychological events that occur coincidentally, although they
don't appear to be causally related to each other. Such
experiences are not infrequent. For instance one may think of
a person and then meet this person by chance, or one
receives the news that the person has passed away. Jung referred to
an extensive literature on telepathy, extrasensory
perception, clairvoyance and similar phenomena in support of the
principle of synchronicity (106)(107).
Another example of holistic causation are similar experiences that occur
frequently to mono-zygotic twins. They often feel the same physical
pain simultaneously, even though they may be separated by great
distances. In holistic terms mono-zygotic twins form one
ON THE INDIVIDUAL
Aristotle said that happiness is the goal
of human nature (108). What does holistic reasoning tell us about
reaching this goal? We can say that happiness is a state of
harmony within our self and with the world. The state of harmony
exists in the whole of a holon (HP5). Therefore we want to
identify with the whole that is immanent in us and that unites us
with the world:
All-Entity. This discussion is not an
attempt to coax the reader into a religious conversion.
Instead it shows how straightforward, rational holistic logic
leads naturally to the key tenets of major world religions.
The highest form of identification between
living beings is love. Thus one gains happiness through
loving All-Entity. This is exactly what Jesus Christ told us, it
is his first commandment (109). One
cannot love the whole without loving its parts. So one cannot love All-Entity
without loving one's fellow humans. Hence Christ's second
commandment, to love one's neighbor as oneself. This message is
perceived as a moral demand. Holistic reasoning tells us that
it is the logically smart thing to do, smart from an
egotistical point of view as well as from an altruistic one. Thus
holistic logic transcends opposites. The ten commandments revealed
earlier to the Jewish people are in line with the basic commands
for love, spelled out in specific detail, as may have been more
appropriate at that time.
Hinduism, as mentioned earlier, is based
on its ancient Veda scriptures. Its ultimate aim is to
identify with the inner "Atman", who is also
"Brahman" when perceived as the whole of the universe, our concept of All-Entity.
It is the path of mysticism. A step-by-step description of a
mystic path towards enlightenment is given in the "Yoga
Aphorisms of Patanjali" (110).
Buddha, after his mystical enlightenment,
taught that the world of appearances leads us to errors in
judgment, with corresponding unpleasant consequences.
According to him, no permanent security can be found except in
the identification with the ultimate transcendent whole, the
"Nirvana". Nirvana cannot be described in words,
"because human language is too poor to express the real nature of the
Absolute Truth or Ultimate Reality that is Nirvana" (111).
Buddhism follows a mystic philosophy similar to Hinduism,
with the difference that the ultimate whole does not have the
However, such differences come from the
limitations of human perception and do not affect the
principle. Ultimate mystic union is sought in the Eastern
philosophy-religions through meditation, with a tendency to withdraw
from our world of appearances. This aspect of Eastern
thought goes against the grain of Western thinking. We see our
society as antithesis to introverted withdrawal. However, if
meditation is done correctly, it puts us in an intimate
contact with the rest of the world, as it must, because the whole
world is immanent in us.
Westerners tend to be extroverted and find
satisfaction in expressing their inner potentials. This is
totally compatible with holistic thinking and akin to the
Eastern philosophy of Karma Yoga. In striving for active
expression of one's innermost core, one strives ultimately for
identification with All-Entity that is immanent in us. The
challenge is to clear the channel, one's own psyche, to foster
the free flow of the energy, wisdom, and harmony from within.
In each type of philosophy, Eastern and Western, the
individual is encouraged to overcome the inner blocks and conflicts
caused by misunderstanding of true reality.
Holistically, both approaches should go together.
Eastern philosophies point out, as did
Socrates, that our problems are caused by our lack of
understanding, lack of the right kind of knowledge. There is nothing
wrong with physical reality. There is only inadequate
understanding of the transcendent and immanent laws of nature.
A malicious act is born from the misconception that one can
gain an advantage by hurting somebody else. If we think and act
like this, we emphasize the separation between us and
others. This reduces our inner awareness of the harmonious
whole that exists between us and others, our source-entity. Focusing
on the conflict between sub-entities prevents awareness of
the source-entity (HP4&6). Since our source-entity is
immanent in us
(HP9&10), the conflict blocks our access to our very
source of life, health, and harmony. In this quite
automatic way, a person can create a "life in hell" for
him/herself, without anybody ever passing a judgment. On the other hand,
the love that you give unselfishly emerges in your own heart. It
is our mindset that creates our type of experience, as
described under the Multiple Worlds section. The mindset acts like
tinted glasses that impede access to the M-D whole.
This does not mean that every bad
experience is due to some malicious intent. Challenging experiences
can be important stepping stones for inner growth, set up
by the inner self, without us being conscious of it in our
daily life. Inner growth toward lasting happiness requires
that we face our weaknesses, our conflicting notions that
block our way. A firm conscious decision by a person to go the
route towards enlightenment permeates the inner self and
the soul, as any change of a part does (HP10). The self and
the soul then lead the person via intuitions and impulses,
perceived by us as our will. Depending on the determination of
the individual, this may lead into unexpected challenges. What
matters are the lessons learnt, the blocks purged, the
Society changes as its individuals change
(HP10). As more people adopt the holistic world view, so
does the whole of society. Each individual added to the new
thinkers makes it easier for others to join, because they
are immanently more motivated via the common M-D whole of
society. The validity of this holistic principle is supported by
Rupert Sheldrake's studies (Sect.4). Thus we shall see an
ever increasing rate of change towards a holistic world view. A
new common sense will be born. We are getting help along the
way. The help comes from within ourselves, from the holistic
harmony that is already immanent.
With holistic understanding there is less
need to subscribe to any particular brand of religious belief
system. People can feel free to pursue their own path of
spiritual growth, individually or in groups. Social
movements such as environmentalism, human rights, and
holistic medicine (112)(113) represent an awakening to holistic
reality. Speaking of holistic medicine, the condition of the
body is holistically caused by the condition of the mind (114).
Spontaneous and dramatic healings after an individual's
turnaround in attitudes and beliefs have been documented (115).
Mental hygiene is the key to physical health. It is up to the
people to control their minds. Objecting to the barrage of violent
and detestable mass media programs is essential. Other
initiatives must follow: care and compassion for the disadvantaged, the
homeless, the uneducated. People will learn to control
their lives through mental disciplines. "Creative
visualization" is being
successfully used, particularly in sports
and medicine (116)(117).
Creative visualization works because of holon principle HP10. Imagining repeatedly and
vividly a desired situation brings about a corresponding
change in one's psyche, thus creating a corresponding personal
world. For this to work, it is first necessary to eliminate any
lingering beliefs that contradict the desired situation (118).
Fritjof Capra expresses his deep concern
about the urgency and importance for the human race to wake up
and face the true reality: "the gravity and the global
extent of our current crisis indicate that this change is likely
to result in a transformation of unprecedented
dimensions, a turning point for the planet as a whole" (119);
and: "we need a new vision of reality; a fundamental change in our
thoughts, perceptions, and values. The beginnings of this change, of
the shift from mechanistic to the holistic conception of
reality, are already visible in all fields and are likely to
dominate the present decade."
Scientists will be more interested in
understanding M-D reality, preferably in cooperation with Eastern
"M-D experts". Such research may be even more productive and
cost effective than creating subatomic particles with ever
higher power. To penetrate M-D reality, it appears
appropriate to use M-D means.
Age-old moral maxims can perhaps be
scientifically substantiated, converting belief systems
into knowledge systems.
Scientific research may eventually
generate a revolution in the psychological arena similar to the industrial-technological
revolution that followed the development
of the physical sciences. Spectacular capabilities may be
developed because the M-D environment has more degrees of
freedom and is intrinsically more powerful than our physical world.
As any individual, so a whole nation
cannot continue to prosper, or even remain strong, while disregarding
basic spiritual laws. The greatness of a nation depends on its
immanent strength. For the American Dream to continue, it must
include spiritual, holistic thinking. The modern American
Dream must include equitable sharing of wealth, individual
acceptance of responsibility for society, and the
pursuit of excellence by all.
Modern research is leading to a new world
view that unites physical science with psychology,
philosophy, and religion. The key is the discovery of multiple
dimensions beyond our 3-D world, combined with an understanding of
We cannot perceive directly the
multidimensional environment beyond ours because our senses are
three-dimensional, but we can draw enlightening conclusions based on
a set of holistic principles that together form a logic
system. It enables us to research the structure of the
multidimensional world and to create a new model of the universe.
Holistic logic suggests answers to age-old questions such as the
whole versus parts problem, mind-body interaction, the
beginning of the universe and of life, and the nature of evolution.
Corresponding to quantum physics findings, it is concluded
that many other worlds exist in addition to ours, invisible to us
but real. The new world view gives direction to people who
search for vital answers and to society at large. According
to holistic thinking, we can control our destiny, and
humankind can unfold unlimited potentials, provided it observes
Americans could lead this trend with a
renewed American Dream.
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Holistic: Emphasis on the organic
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whole and its parts considered simultaneously.
Immanent: Inside but transcendent.
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transcendent whole of body and mind.
Source-entity: A whole that gives existence to
parts of one or
Sub-entity: A part of any order that belongs
to a source-entity.
Transcendent: Having more integrated dimensions.
total of its constituent parts, having
more dimensions than any of them.
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