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 "Yes, I know that all these books about "life after death " are very

  naïve. But they lead somewhere; there is something behind them,

  something I approached before; but it frightened me then, and I

  fled from it to the bare and arid desert of "positivism".

  The "Fourth Dimensional Experience" !!!???

  THIS IS the reality which I dimly felt long ago, but which escaped

  me then. NOW I see my way; I see my work, and I see where

  it may lead.

  The Hague Conference [1907], the newspapers, it is all so far

  from me. Why is it that people do not understand that they are

  only shadows, only silhouettes, of themselves, and that the whole

  of life is only a shadow, only a silhouette, of some other life?"

                 P D Ouspensky - Introduction to A New Model of the Universe

In the context of Carl Jung's four priority functional types, sensation, thinking, feeling and intuition; which correspond to the obvious means by which consciousness obtains its orientation to experience - Ouspensky's 'thoughts' on the matter ... 

"Thought does not grasp, does not convey, what is at times clearly felt. Thought is too slow, too short. There are no words and no forms to convey what one sees and knows in such moments. And it is impossible to fix these moments, to arrest them, to make them longer, more obedient to the will. There is no possibility of remembering what has been found and understood, and later repeating it to oneself. It disappears as dreams disappear. Yet at the same time this is not so. I know it is not a dream. In these experiments and experiences there is a taste of reality which cannot be imitated and about which one cannot make a mistake. I know that all this is there. I have become convinced of it. Unity exists. And I know already that it is infinite, orderly, animated, and conscious. But how to link "what is above" with "what is below"?"

As a boy totally restricted to experiencing the world in my head, by

the time that I was 10 years old, I had only read just one book of fiction;

Swiss family Robinson, which I had been encouraged to read in order that

I could pass the English Exam to gain access to the local Grammar School.

My parents and maternal grandparents, however, had already taught me

to play cards, to no doubt stimulate my mental arithmetic capability, but

an important consequence of this resulted in a fascination with the

juxtaposition of the symbolism between, hearts, spades, clubs and

diamonds, along with Jacks, Queens, Kings and Aces; and so it was, much

latter in life, that I became aware of the significance of Lewis Carol's

Alice in Wonderland and Carol's subsequent a[maze]ing forward to

Douglas Harding's Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth.

To quote Ouspensky ... "
At last a certain whole becomes formed in my mind. I see the unbroken line of thought and knowledge which passes from century to century, from age to age, from country to country, from one race to another; a line deeply hidden beneath layers of religions and philosophies which are, in fact, only distortions and perversions of the ideas belonging to the line... Who knows, for instance, that an ordinary pack of playing-cards contains a profound and harmonious philosophical system? This is so entirely forgotten that it seems almost new... and I realise that the "fourth dimension" is the bridge that can be thrown across the chasm between the old and the new knowledge. And I see and find ideas of the fourth dimension in ancient symbolism, in the Tarot cards, in the images of Indian gods, in the branches of a tree, and in the lines of the human body."

Ever since that TIME when I first came across Escher's drawing of the

Mobius Strip, whilst studying ART at Borehamwood Grammar School

I have forever associated it with the the continuum of  "LIFE and DEATH",

each without knowledge of the otherThis IS the drawing which first

introduced me to the idea of the fourth dimension, duly supported no

doubt by Escher's brilliant take on the subject.

When [RE]reading the works of P D Ouspensky, I can also relate to his own

frustrations of BEING one of the NORMAL ONES, in the context of my own

left-handed, dyslexic, 3 dimensionally manipulative perspective - of the

world which I had been born to - which regarded Pure and Applied Maths

as well as Physics and Art, as 'ALL being just ONE subject'.


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Comment by Michael Grove on October 25, 2015 at 7:26

Living organismsthe bodies of animals and human beings,

are built on the principles of symmetrical motion. In order to

understand these principles, let us take a simple schematic 

example of symmetrical motion. Let us imagine a cube 

composed of 27 small cubes, and let us imagine this cube as

expanding and contracting. During the process of expansion 

all the 26 cubes lying around the central cube will retreat 

from it and on contraction will approach it again. For the sake 

of convenience in reasoning and in order to increase the 

likeness of the cube to a body consisting of molecules, let us

suppose that the cubes have no dimension, that they are nothing but points. In other words, let us

take only the centres of the 27 cubes and imagine them connected by lines both with the centre

and with each other. Visualising the expansion of this cube, composed of 27 cubes, we may say

that in order to avoid colliding with another cube and hindering its motion, each of these cubes

must move away from the centre, that is to say, along the line which connects its centre with the

centre of the central cube. This is the first rule: In the course of expansion and contraction

molecules move along the lines which connect them with the centre.

                                                                                                             P D Ouspensky


and his explanation of the DENSITY DESTINY of EVERYTHING

Comment by Michael Grove on October 25, 2015 at 7:37

Further, we see in our cube that the lines connecting the 26 points with the centre are not all

equal. The lines drawn to the centre from the centres of the corner cubes are longer than the

lines drawn to the centre from the cubes lying in the middle of the sides of the large cube.

If we suppose that the inter-molecular space is doubled by expansion, then all the lines

connecting the 26 points with the centre are at the same time doubled in length. The lines

are not equal; therefore molecules move with unequal speed, some of them faster and

some slower; those further removed from the centre move faster, those lying nearer the

centre move slower. From this we may deduce a second rule: The speed of the motion of

molecules in the expansion and contraction of a body is proportional to the length of

the lines which connect these molecules with the centre.

                                                                                                             P D Ouspensky

Comment by Michael Grove on October 25, 2015 at 7:59

Observing the expansion of the big cube, we see that the distances between all the 27 cubes

are increased proportionally to the former distances. If we designate by the letter a lines

connecting the 26 points with the centre, and by the letter b lines connecting the 26 points

with each other, then, having constructed several triangles inside the expanding and contracting

cube, we shall see that the lines b are lengthened proportionally to the lengthening of lines a

From this we deduce a third rule: In the process of expansion the distance between

molecules increases proportionally to the increase of their distance from the centre.

This means therefore that the points that were at an equal distance from the centre will remain

at an equal distance from the centre, and two points that were at an equal distance from a third

point will remain at an equal distance from it. Moreover, if we look upon this motion not from the

centre, but from any one of the points, it will appear to us that this point is the centre from which

the expansion proceeds, that is to say, it will appear that all the other points retreat from or

approach this point, preserving their former relation to it and to each other, while this point itself

remains stationary. "The centre is everywhere!"

The laws of symmetry in the structure of living organisms are based on this last rule. But living organisms are not built by expansion alone. The element of movement in time enters into it. In the course of growth, each molecule traces a curve resulting from the combination of two movements, movement in space and movement in time. Growth proceeds in the same direction, along the same lines, as expansion. The conditions of expansion, that is, the third rule, ensure the most rigorous symmetry in freely expanding bodies, because if points which were originally at an equal distance from the centre continue always to remain at an equal distance from it, the body will grow symmetrically.

                                                                                                               P D Ouspensky

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