Transformation from archetypical self to infinite self is both philosophical and physiological. The infinite self is multifaceted and maleable. To be experienced, one must allow it.
An archetype is a model or example that can be copied or emulated. In mythology and literature, a common archetype is the Hero, and a classic Hero’s Journey is that of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey.
Another well known example of the journeying Hero is Siddhartha Gautama. In a way, all people personify this archetype in the journey of life, and this is one reason why epic stories are so popular.
In 1959, psychoanalyst Carl Jung published “The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious,” in which he described 12 character variations. These were based on historical accounts, the work of previous philosophers, and mythological literature.
Archetypes, and also stereotypes, have been somewhat embedded into cultures, for better or worse. And though Shakespeare wrote, “All the world’s a stage…,” the archetypes perhaps fit dramatic entertainment best. In the interest of evolution, there must be some kind of change or improvement — and not just copies copying copies.
In reality, a person is an infinite self who can inhabit multiple roles at once. A person doesn’t necessarily fit a singular mold or model. Biologically, a human being is the evolutionary genetic aggregate and distillation of all that came before, and so contains a multitude.
There are plenty of examples though, of those who conform especially to one role or archetype, and to associated hierarchies. Very clear examples of this are soldiers in the military, or members of royal families.
The individual or “ego” mind may choose to play within certain cultural constructs; the Universal Mind is all-encompassing and has no limits.
Anaxagoras of Greece or “Hellas” is documented as having discussed Universal or Cosmic Mind, “nous,” in 5th century BCE.² He was influenced by ancient Egyptian (Kemetic) cosmogony, in which “Nu” was the primordial waters, or chaos.
Some concurrent metaphysics and cosmogonies came from the Vedic and the Indus River Valley civilizations (modern India), ancient China “Qin,” Maya, and Persian, as well as innumerable undocumented goings-on around the globe. Trade of course facilitated exchange of ideas.
Hindu, Egyptian and Greek cosmologies adopted the use of deities as characterizations to represent aspects of nature. Egyptian or Kemetic hieroglyphs represented cosmic concepts. The aforementioned “Nu” was the original substance from which was birthed the universe.
Cosmologies ancient and modern have much in common, because of the common experience of existence itself! What’s different are the languages. The breadth of understanding and level of detail have always been increasing.
The living Cosmic Mind or consciousness could be equated in essence to the Unified Field in physics, and to concepts of God. And in the author’s opinion, “dark matter” sounds something like “Nu.”
On the humanly visible level of reality, mechanics and physics apply; on the infinitesimal and cosmic levels, metaphysics and quantum physics apply. We really participate in and partake of both.
Consider the cosmic force known as electromagnetism, which encapsulates electric currents, magnetic fields and the general interaction of particles. At all times this force and these particles surround us, and flow through us.
The human body is a conductor of electricity. A conductor absorbs and allows for flow of energy in one or more directions. And one function of our cells membranes is to allow positively charged ions across the barrier in order to generate electricity crucial to our function.³
Signal flow is pervasive within and without. When people talk about being in “flow” or “flowstate,” there is indeed an electromechanical side to this feeling.
The study of electricity and magnetism, or electromagnetism, branches from Physics. Also connected is the study and creation of electronics. Bioelectromagnetics then, is the study of interactions between organisms and electromagnetic fields.
Two ancient health systems address bioelectromagnetic energy flow: Traditional Chinese medicine with Meridians and the Hindu or Vedic Chakra system. Respectively, life force is referred to as “Qi” and “Prana.”
There are 108 acupressure point along 12 main meridians, or channels, and there are 7 major chakra centers along the spine, although more chakric points can be considered in the extremities.⁴ Both energetic systems are associated with the nervous, endocrine and circulatory systems.
Physical and metaphysical, seen and unseen, electromagnetic processes keep us running, plus an infinitude of other processes. When Walt Whitman wrote “I sing the body electric,” he was deeply precise.
And artistically, building circuits is the externalization of internal and natural mechanics. So by extension AI, a hot button topic of late, helps us further deep-learn ourselves!
When we sleep, we recharge our multilevel batteries — the muscles, for example, store energy.⁵ When we meditate, we can consciously effect neural circuitry and brainwaves, which is a form of electromagnetic energy. And there’s an ever increasing body of studies to support the benefits of different types of meditation, an ancient practice renewed.⁶
Using directed chakra syllable mantras is one of the author’s favorite ways to meditate. This involves focusing on and passing electromagnetic energy pulsations from one area of the body to the next until a bioelectric flow sensation is experienced, in particular from the base of the spinal cord to the crown of the head. This charging from the (electrostatic) field can be energizing as well as relaxing.
The easiest way to experience one’s bioelectric field: “…rub your palms together strongly for a minute, concentrating on the energy which you are consciously stimulating in your hands. Then separate them a little bit, palms facing, and move them a little closer and farther from each other. You might feel that same attractive force. It is prana, and a wonderful thing to explore.”⁷
1. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Science Mission Directorate. (2010) | http://science.nasa.gov/ems/01_intro
2. “Anaxagoras on Mind” | St J Baloyannis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki | https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321106739_Anaxagoras_on_Mind
3. “How the human body uses electricity” | Amber Plante | https://www.graduate.umaryland.edu/gsa/gazette/February-2016/How-the-human-body-uses-electricity/
4. “What are Meridians and Points? | Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, M.A. | http://www.jinshindo.org/meridians
5. “ELECTRICAL ARCHITECTURE OF THE HUMAN BODY” | Alan Tatourian | https://tatourian.blog/2018/10/22/electrical-architecture-of-the-human-body/
6. “EEG Derived Neuronal Dynamics during Meditation: Progress and Challenges” | Chamandeep Kaur and Preeti Singh | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4684838/
7. “What Is That Magnetic Force Between My Hands?” | Tyagi Jayadev |https://www.ananda.org/ask/what-is-that-magnetic-force-between-my-hands/