Posteado por: Es Cau | junio 7, 2012

ABYSS AND LABYRINTH

Mind: A series of conscious or unconscious mental activities or processes.

Reason: The act of reflecting on one’s understanding.

The stunning cliffs of Dover on the coast of Sussex in England rise up before your eyes like a façade that is simply a clean, vertical slice through the land. Their uniqueness, apart from their colour and material, lies in their height and the cleanness and length of the cut; in other words, the view runs essentially in two dimensions and we might say that the third dimension can only be guessed at if we imagine ourselves standing on the upper edge and taking a step forward. It is, in fact, a two-dimensional landscape.

Paisaje bidimensional / Two dimensional landscape

There is a similar situation with the meanderings of the furrows in the brain. I imagine every furrow as a deep abyss which separates two two-dimensional banks and, like capricious lines, furrow the brain into a thousand nooks and crannies, mining the world of the psyche with hundreds of labyrinthine boundaries criss-crossed by bridges that delicately interlace to generate a mesh of connections between both banks, along which hundreds of nerve impulses travel, flashes of energy, automatic reflexes or soul pain.

If both fronts are two-dimensional cuts, we might then imagine that the traffic between them happen in the third dimension, in the same way that a single step might pitch us over the white cliffs of Dover.

The traffic between the opposite sides of each furrow is essential for reasoning, so necessary to reflect upon our understanding in the labyrinth of the mind’s furrows, where the conscious and unconscious mental processes move around ceaselessly. It strikes me that it is the very success of this traffic that is the key to our capacity to reflect upon and understand our essential self and the milieu in which we live and move.

The collapse of the communication networks between the opposing banks of the furrows, like spider’s webs, isolates the different areas of the brain, interrupting their ability to interrelate, cutting off the reasoning processes, and hence limiting our understanding and, even worse, cancelling out or confusing the emotions, opening up the mind to depression.

Depression falls like a heavy mantle on the cortex and ends up plunging us into the linear and two-dimensional world of the cuts, with no connections, no life and no possible means of escape. We can no longer reason, and the mind becomes a labyrinth of processes that cannot find a haven. Confusion, the absence of logic and the lack of emotional intelligence to understand our emotions remain trapped in this communicational short-circuit.

How can we put the connections back together again?

El abismo de la razón y laberinto de la mente.
The abyss of reason and the labyrinth of the mind.

The book Hyperspace by Michio Kaku tries to explain the physical concept of higher dimensions, those that are inexplicable and incomprehensible to our three-dimensional minds even though it has been mathematically proven that they exist, and that they are connected to our four dimensions, if we include the dimension of time.

We can understand a higher dimension if we try to imagine how a two-dimensional being can be affected by the third dimension, a dimension it neither knows, nor can see or understand. From our perspective, we can take a two-dimensional being out of its linear world and move it into the third dimension so it simply disappears from its own world with no possible explanation, and appears in it once again if we move it from its previous position, again with no possible explanation.

We feel the same kind of incomprehension towards higher dimensions; we cannot understand them, nor do we know how they manifest themselves in our world.

The bridges having been broken, the mesh of cerebral connections destroyed and the mind lost in its dead-end labyrinth, it is time for our higher-dimension being to come and rescue us and generate invisible connections between the abysses of every furrow. As a final and inexplicable resource, the emotional mind is capable of generating new connections by means of unknown mechanisms to create bridgeheads upon which to rebuild the physical networks necessary to return to our world of three-dimensional understanding. Little by little, a new communications network is regenerated, and the sparks, impulses and currents can once again get underway, interconnecting and generating sufficient reasoning capacity to bring us back from the brink.

In the same way that the two-dimensional being leaps into the third dimension and disappears, with no possible form of comprehension, we, from our visually limited and enclosed physical reality, appeal to our energetic existence in higher dimensions, where we exist with an as-yet unknown presence according to incomprehensible physical laws, with or without time, but with the capacity to rescue ourselves when we falter in our own familiar little world.

It seems we are considerably more than we would appear to be, and scientific advances are unravelling new potential, collateral, parallel, interior or superimposed worlds to our own. We have yet to see if our existence is also a synchronized existence in these various worlds, and if between each form or life or energy we possess even higher connections that unite us in a much vaster and more complex whole than our current comprehension could even seek to imagine.

Could it be that we exist since time without beginning.

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