Akasha: (Indian religion … aka Akashic Records) a supposed all-pervading field in the ether in which a record of past events is imprinted.
Collective Unconscious: (C.G.Jung … 1875-1961) the part of the unconscious mind which is derived from ancestral memory and experience and is common to all mankind as distinct from the individual’s unconscious.
Noosphere: (Teilhard de Chardin … 1881-1955 et al) a postulated sphere or stage of evolutionary development dominated by consciousness, the mind, and interpersonal relationships.
Akasha Consciousness: (Ervin Laszlo … b.1932 ) … Items 1-16 from website: ‘(1) I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world’. ‘(16) I recognise the aberration of modern-day humanity from the universal norm of coherence in the world, acknowledge my role in having perpetrated it, and pledge my commitment to restoring wholeness and coherence by becoming whole myself: whole in my thinking and acting – in my consciousness’.
From his ‘Cosmic Memory’: ‘Cutting edge scientists now understand the ‘non-locality’ of quanta, the coherence of the cosmos, the connection between organisms and environments, and the transpersonal connections between the consciousness of different human beings, revealing that there is not only matter and energy configuring and evolving in space and time, but also a more subtle yet real element: active and effective’.
Morphic Resonance: (Rupert Sheldrake b.1942) a paranormal influence by which a pattern of events or behaviour can facilitate subsequent occurrences of similar patterns. Sheldrake on ‘Morphic Fields’: ‘Experientially opening to the Akashic field that surrounds us melts the boundaries of the private ego, bringing about ‘the death of self’ spoken of so often in the spiritual literature; but as the ego dies a new form of individuality is being birthed, not an isolated individuality but one that thrives on this deeper give and take’…
Junk DNA: (Brendan D. Murphy, Nexus Magazine, Aug/Sept 2012) … ‘Far from being non-coding and useless, so-called ‘junk’ DNA can interact with zero-point energy and the morphic field, affecting our consciousness and also responding to changes in our states of mind. It is even responsible for the emergence of language’.
On a recent trip to Scarborough we went past a field whose rhythm could have been from a Wolds painting by David Hockney … it had a swoop and a swirl, a tilt and a flow. I was reminded that one of the functions of a painter is to educate our vision. I remembered Miss Havisham to Pip in ‘Great Expectations’ after he is smitten by Estella: ‘You’ve had your eyes opened, and now you can’t close them’. That’s what paintings do to us.
At Scarborough Art Gallery’s ‘Fears, Foes, and Faeries’ exhibition I came across the story of a curse doll that was found in a crevice of the brickwork below the basement stairs in a house in Hereford in 1960. The curse doll was made of wood with arms and legs of red-checked cotton. The curse was found in a fold of the doll’s dress and reads: ‘Mary Ann Ward, I act this spell upon you from my holl (sic) heart wishing you never rest nor eat nor sleep the rester (sic) part of your life. I hope your flesh will waste away and I hope you will never spend another penny I ought to have. Wishing this from my whole heart’.
The other day I lit the first log fire of the season … always a major event for me … I do love them so. I was reminded of my ‘Quiet Day’ some time ago when lighting the fire was quite an event. It’s a good meditation aid and, as I gazed at it, I found myself reflecting that the ashes are our remains, the logs our body, the flame our spirit, and the smoke our soul.
Hats off to Malala Yousafzai aged 14.