Spiralling towards a new understanding of ‘reality’, consciousness and our role in the universe

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Spirality — the condition of being spiral — and ’reality’ are almost interchangeable terms. I made this remark at the beginning of the first chapter of my book, Spirals: The Pattern of Existence (Green Magic, 2006, 2nd edition 2013), my placing of the word ‘reality’ in parenthesis admitting both to the ‘reality’ perceived through our restricted everyday consciousness and to another, deeper reality usually invisible to us.

While spirality manifests itself in the physical world, in nature, in myriad forms, I regard it also as the unseen creative and ordering principle underlying the universe.

Consciousness would seem to be intimately related to torsion energy which, it is proposed, spirals through space-time — a universal ‘implicate order’ (to use the late quantum physicist David Bohm’s term) which underpins our everyday reality but which is also responsible for paranormal phenomena and ‘non-local’ effects observed in quantum physics, such as ‘entanglement’.

If you imagine a sub-atomic particle with zero spin decaying into two other particles which are then separated by great distance, so far apart even that there is no longer any physical force between them, quantum science says that they still retain information about one another, whatever the space between them, in a shared state which is indefinite until measured. If one particle moves in a certain way, so will the other. They are ‘entangled’. Verified experimentally, it supports the idea of a universal inter-connectedness.

Now, as Bernardo Kastrup rightly points out in Meaning in Absurdity (Iff Books, 2012) — although most scientists avoid discussing it at all costs — the concept of entanglement destroys any possible acceptance of a consensus reality, and ushers in a new vision of existence. The results of a study by a group of Polish and Austrian physicists, announced in a paper published in Nature in April, 2007 (‘An Experimental Test of Non-Local Realism’, by Simon Gröblacher et al), showed as untenable the materialistic idea that hidden properties in the quantum substrate caused entanglement; the hypothesis that physical properties in the particles themselves caused it had already been ruled out.

The momentous implication of this is that, as sub-atomic particles are regarded as foundational to nature, entanglement means that the concept of reality, as we normally understand it in everyday terms, must be abandoned. We have to rethink urgently what we mean by ‘reality’. And this, for me, is where torsion field theory, a relatively new branch of physics, comes in. It speculates that consciousness and DNA arise from torsion energy, the quantum twist, or spiralling, of space-time — the macro outcome of the micro-spin of sub-atomic particles.

The pioneering work in torsion field physics was carried out by Albert Einstein and the French mathematician Élie Cartan in the 1920s, resulting in the Einstein-Cartan theory, a classical theory of gravitation in which interest has been revived as theorists have tried to incorporate torsion into quantum theories, or as they explore its cosmological ramifications.

Copernican perspective

I have long believed that sub-atomic particles are better thought of as vanishingly small vortices interacting spirally in space-time rather than as discrete objects whirling about like microcosmic planetary systems, in the way that atoms were once conceived. We have failed to appreciate that vortices are the essence of our experience because of the prevalent Copernican perspective of the universe which tends to flatten things out: for example, the solar system is perceived with the sun at the centre and the planets in orbit around it in more or less the same plane.

But this is wrong. The sun is moving through space so the orbits of the planets are not circles around it, nor even ellipses, but helices (a helix is a spiral that turns about the same diameter, instead of constantly moving away from a central point — the difference, say, between a corkscrew and a helter-skelter slide). Astronomers have long known about these movements of the solar system — I have an astronomy encyclopedia from 1959 which describes them with a diagram — but they have never been emphasised to the general public. It is hard to enivisage when we are so conditioned to the usual flat-plane presentation of the solar system in science books and websites.

The concept of the ‘vortex solar system’ was spelled out by the Indian ethnobotanist Dr Pallathadka Keshava Batt in his 2008 book, Helical Helix: Solar System a Dynamic Process, which proposed helical movements for all objects in the universe, but his work in this area has had little impact in the West. Yet it is indicative immediately of how the universe and its process comprise vortices — probably double vortices, which can be likened to two pyramids rotating apex to apex, as this is what scientists are beginning to think governs electromagnetic fields.

Torsion fields (also called spin fields, or axion fields) are envisaged as twists, screw or helix-like manifestations of subtle energy which can curve to the left or right. Studies by the Russian astronomer and astrophysicist Nikolai Kozyrev, who died in 1983, and other studies by Russian scientists subsequently, have suggested that matter harnesses torsion waves to sustain its existence.

Such research, however, suggesting a theory for the behaviour of space and the nature of consciousness, is regarded as ‘fringe’ science in the West, especially because, from time to time, it has been used to propose faster-than-light travel and to explain extra-sensory perception, levitation and other paranormal phenomena, as well as ‘spiritual healing’ and dowsing.

Russian researchers (S V Avramenko, G F Ignatjev, G A Sergejev, S N Tarakhtiy, for example), created and tested torsion generators. A team at the Physics Institute of the Ukraine Academy of Sciences, and at Chernovitsky University, researched such generators, as well as the ‘cavity structural effect’. Since every atom throws off torsion waves as it vibrates, so the thinking goes, certain shapes can help harness and direct the energy flow more than others. The Platonic Solids would be in this category, but other shapes can harness the energy, too, as discovered by Dr Victor Grebennikov.

Torsion generators

The Chernovitsky group was particularly interested in the effects that cones of different sizes had on various processes. They found that the best ‘passive’ torsion generators were formed by cones shaped into the phi, or Golden, ratio of 1:1.618, revealing that torsion waves were phi spirals, as a cone duplicating this pattern harnessed the waves best.

Pyramidal structures can also harness torsion energy: Dr. John De Salvo, of the Giza Pyramid Research Association, published the Russian and Ukranian pyramid research of A Golod, V Krasnoholovets and associates from the Institute of Physics in Kiev, Ukraine, one of the leading scientific and military research centres in the former USSR. Dr N B Egorova, at the Mechnikov R&D Institute of the Russian Academy of Medical Science, tested the pyramid’s ability to harness torsion waves using living organisms placed inside, with positive results.

According to the Russian research, torsion wave energy pervades space at varying degrees of concentration. As star and planetary systems move through, and rotate with, the galaxy they encounter different concentrations in specific time intervals, in cycles varying from thousands to millions of years. It is speculated that a high density of torsion waves could have transformative effects on DNA on Earth, causing more highly evolved forms of life to replicate more rapidly than less evolved forms. Evolution certainly seems to have taken place in sudden leaps and bounds rather than in a gradual and uniform way.

Now, as is well known, Earth has a 26,000-year cycle known as the precession of the equinoxes, and it has been estimated that torsion wave energy peaks about every 75,000 years, or each third time round. It is said that we are now at such a peak; when torsion energy peaks, it is alleged, DNA can be restructured, resulting in an evolutionary advance.

Only about three per cent of human DNA is required for genome purposes, the other 97 per cent being referred to by scientists rather dismissively as ‘junk DNA’, as they do not understand the purpose of it. However, it is the ‘junk’, evidently, that will be reorganised by the influx of torsion energy waves.

Some Russian scientists have gone so far as to say this spiralling torsion energy could be the substance of the human soul, and the precursor of the DNA molecule, in the sense that a torsion wave emanating from the galactic centre, and passing through our solar system at the moment of a person’s birth, influences the DNA uniquely, this ‘energy signature’ subtly altering the DNA inherited from our parents.

Universal consciousness

A causal chain thus connects each of us to a universal consciousness through our DNA. Theorists speculate that spin interactions can be transmitted through and/or by space in a manner akin to electromagnetic waves but holding neither energy nor mass, only information, which links it to the idea of a universal consciousness.

If torsion fields and consciousness are inter-related, then it is of great significance for the various field theories of consciousness which have been put forward in recent years; such theories, in my view, offer the best explanation of the nature of consciousness in the current state of our knowledge — and not just because of the obvious spiral implications, my belief being that the spiral curve is the shape of time and the trajectory of consciousness, and a key to the riddle of existence and the inner essence of reality.

The idea is that consciousness, and not matter, is the ground of all existence, and that our minds participate in it as a universal informational continuum, rather than enfold a small part of it discretely. This is the standpoint of the ‘new mysterians’, who regard an understanding of consciousness as being beyond the scope of physical theory. Consciousness, after all, is the point of intersection between the cosmic dimension and the human dimension, between timelessness and time, where we receive the numinous and the ‘life-force’. It is a truism that invisible energy fields conduct life, in the sense of managing or directing it.

In discussing the goal of human wholeness, of self-actualisation, Carl Gustav Jung, in Psychology and Alchemy (Collected Works, vol. 12), said the way was not straight (or linear) but went in spirals. The spiral nature of this development, or individuation, to use his word, was induced by the complementarity of past and future, expressed in the concept of ‘regressive renaissance’, the idea that we can move forward only by locating a symbol from our past in order to transform, to move to a higher turn of the spiral.

I believe the universe is becoming aware of itself through the consciousness — our consciousness — that it is evolving, indicating that it has purpose and intelligence, although this possibility has been hidden from us for millennia.

Today, however, in many spheres of life, a number of related trends are appearing, constituting what I might term a ‘new reality’: a changing understanding of what ‘reality’ is, of what consciousness is, and of what our role in the universe is, a universe much more abundant in its complexity and magicality than hitherto realised. Complementing the Jungian idea of personal individuation, it involves an understanding of cosmic coherence at a new level on the evolutionary curve towards integration and wholeness.

*** Welcome interest in an article I published here at Medium earlier this year, ‘The spiral: the eternal sign of the creative and ordering principle at work in the universe’ (March, 2018), prompted me to produce this follow-up.

Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), editor, journalist and musician.

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