We are currently dealing with sub-level 2 of H1 (Subtle Realm), which represents the more formal based understanding of this level.

"Deep Relativity" related to the stage defined by the exterior direction of understanding (which was addressed in the last article). So we will concentrate here on the corresponding interior direction (of sub-level 2).

Though all stages are important in development, "The Dark Night of the Soul", as this is commonly called, plays a crucially significant role esp. in Western Mysticism. 1 It must be successfully negotiated for full mystical unity to be ultimately attained.

In its starkest form, it involves the erosion of all conscious phenomena in experience.

This is necessary due to the problem of rigid attachment, which arises as an inevitable consequence of dualistic understanding.

Such understanding recognizes only the (conscious) positive direction of experience. This causes a fundamental imbalance whereby truth is mistakenly identified unduly with this separated direction.

The lessening of ego attachment consequently requires the strengthening of the (unrecognized) negative pole (i.e. mirror understanding). In ascetic terms this is referred to as purgation. It causes much existential anguish and psychological distress, as it literally involves the undoing of former conscious understanding.

This in turn immerses one deeply in the unconscious, which because of its darkness is commonly symbolized in the spiritual literature as "night". 2

Though the "Dark Night of the Soul" is often used in a more loosely defined sense, it is most properly associated with this stage which involves the intense erosion of the deepest conceptual structures. In its extreme form this is an exceptionally harrowing experience, which involves a kind of obscure anguish and psychological distress with no real parallel in other experiences. 3

Due to the negation of all conscious phenomena one must learn to live entirely by faith. (This is interior illumination - concealed as darkness - which incubates for a long time in the spiritualized unconscious).

Once again we will summarize this stage with five different phases.

Phase 1

Entry results from a gradual process whereby one prepares to surrender all remaining conscious attachment. 4

Usually a key moment of surrender heralds the decisive entry into this phase.

The overall stage itself – especially in its most severe form – may last for several years. One gradually has to become accustomed to living in almost total inner darkness.

This darkness itself represents an intense form of spiritual illumination i.e. faith. However because it is so internalized it reveals itself indirectly through the intense exposure of shadow elements in the personality.

In terms of the energy bands of the spectrum this is very much like a spiritual x-ray (of very short wavelength and high frequency). This light then becomes focused minutely on ego imperfections (which formerly remained hidden).

This creates a great deal of existential anguish. One longed for the spiritual light. Now instead of finding it, one is plunged in the deepest blackness with weakness and misery revealed at every turn.

This suffering has a profoundly moral dimension due to a keen awareness of sin it evokes. However the growing intense desire to see God only serves to sharpen the divide as between the pure spirit and ones own ego selfishness.

Phase 2

Though one enters the "Dark Night" expecting it be difficult, nothing can adequately prepare one for the bewildering nature and intensity of the many trials that it contains. They are truly unique and impossible to adequately convey in phenomenal terms.

Owing to its directly spiritual origin, there is an obscure indefinable quality to much of this suffering. When one is in the midst of a trial it involves the personality in a deeply intimate fashion. However once past, little remembrance of the event remains in memory. This is due to the fact that purely spiritual suffering is very immediate and cannot be adequately conveyed through (indirect) phenomenal symbols.

One feature in particular has special significance. This relates to the extremely congested and suffocating nature of the "Dark Night". 5 This I believe, has immense complementary importance for Physics. 6

The stage principally involves the deep-rooted negation of formal conceptual experience, which is necessary to remove subtle phenomenal attachment. 7

Concepts – in a direct sense - provide the dimensional framework for our psychological experience of space and time.

Thus the erosion of concepts causes the very fabric of space-time to contract. This in turn greatly condenses the nature of phenomena in experience and causes the flow of time to slow down considerably. One therefore experiences an immense weight finding one’s customary duties very burdensome. Though the authentic exercise of faith can lessen this burden, it serves to increase conceptual erosion (causing psychological space-time to further contract). 8

This of course requires that one exercise even greater faith so as to cope with this increasing burden. So the very remedy for one’s immediate problem only serves to intensify the process. Thus one becomes caught up in an ever more demanding situation with no apparent means of escape. 9

However it would be inaccurate to portray this phase solely in stark terms.

Despite its many difficulties it conveys a deep sense of meaning to the personality (because of its authentic spiritual quality). Also precious mystical touches of a very pure kind may be conveyed occasionally to the intellect and emotions or sometimes directly to the will. These are usually received in a tranquil state of darkness and are spiritually very intimate and gentle (like candlelight).

Paradoxically, one does not even desire to escape the suffering (though often wishing it could be otherwise). Also, though feeling in great danger one can feel intimately sustained by a powerful yet invisible force.

Phase 3

For a while one develops a sort of equilibrium and learns to accept this highly restricted underworld as one’s normality.

However carrying on with normal responsibilities can become problematic.

Because of the continued absence of light, customary talents are gradually lost and one shows no inclination for developing new skills. Also, there can be disturbing memory loss (reflecting the great erosion of phenomenal experience).

However, though not apparent at the time there is a great benefit. One learns to greatly economize on conscious effort by doing only what is essential in any situation.

There is now the unfolding of an extremely refined form of (interior) suprarational understanding.

This is highly personalized and relates in a profound manner to the dilemma of existential choice.

Here every decision involves the close complementarily of exterior and interior poles. So morality now consists in balancing these poles as sensitively as possible.

Because the only dim light in consciousness is identified with this interior aspect of understanding, one's remaining conscious ego identity becomes closely associated with this aspect. So one becomes extraordinarily conscientious in regard to taking the right decision in any context and feels that failure in this respect would cut off the remaining link with reality plunging one forever into oblivion.

Because this understanding is so refined, one can only ultimately decide through an inner intuitive signal confirming the correct decision to take in any context. However with the remaining light becoming dimmer, one has to struggle ever more with conscience to receive this signal. This requires an ever-increasing level of pure faith. This daily agonizing with conscience can lead to severe scrupulosity creating an enormous burden on the personality. Having already let go of so much, one now desperately tries to hold on to the last vestiges of conscience and the security of at least acting in a moral fashion.

Phase 4

Just when in need of some compassion and mercy, life continues to get even more difficult

Mirror understanding in relation to the personalized interior aspect of this sub-level now takes place. This means that the remaining faint light that guided one's conscience is now taken away so one has to increasingly walk in pure faith (which is terrifying).

So one no longer has any confirmation of being on the "right" path. In fact everything would now seem to suggest the opposite. Because of the unremitting darkness and suffering, one may be reaching a state of physical and emotional exhaustion. It is also common now to show increasing depressive symptoms. 10

As one becomes increasingly more isolated, considerable difficulties with work and social relationships may develop.

As one feels about to be engulfed for ever in darkness there may be a heroic if desperate attempt to turn the focus off one's won problems through passive immersion in the suffering of others.

So one now can be become extremely sensitive to the plight of all those marginalized, the homeless, the mentally ill, the poor in society. However though this indeed provides a more universal context for many ills it also serves to greatly increase the intensity.

Phase 5

The situation now deteriorates further. Any remaining consolation is removed.

One no longer has any illusions about being on a "spiritual" path and now sees oneself as a social outcast in an increasingly desperate situation.

As one reaches the end of one's tether a decisive critical point is reached.

Now it might initially appear that this stage has little relevance for Physics but that would be entirely mistaken. The acceptance that all psychological events have - by definition - complementary physical aspects, necessitates that this extremely important stage must have significant physical implications. However making this all clear requires a qualitative mathematical translation that is not yet recognized.

The Two Number Systems

As I have stated before all mathematical symbols have both quantitative and qualitative interpretations. However conventional mathematics - operating from the rational understanding of H0 - inevitably reduces the qualitative to the quantitative interpretation.

So numbers have both a quantitative and qualitative aspect. However only the quantitative is recognized in conventional mathematics.

If we take any number e.g. 4, we readily understand this in quantitative terms.

However this number also has a qualitative (dimensional) characteristic.

So 4 is strictly 41. In other words the number 4 (as quantity), is implicitly defined with respect to the qualitative number dimension (i.e. power) of 1.

So mathematical interpretation is literally linear (i.e. one-dimensional) as it implicitly defines all numbers with respect to the power of 1 (i.e. the qualitative dimension of 1).

Now of course higher powers can be used. However, a reduced quantitative interpretation of any number requires ultimately expressing its value in linear (one-dimensional) terms.

So 42 is a number that is defined initially in a two-dimensional manner.

However its value is given in reduced quantitative terms as 16 (i.e. 161).

A little reflection will indicate that a qualitative transformation is always involved whenever a number is expressed with respect to higher dimensions. (This transformation however is generally ignored).

In geometric terms 4 can be represented as a straight line marked off into four equal units.
Though the value of 42 is given as 16, an unrecognized qualitative transformation is also involved.
Strictly speaking, 16 here represents square rather than linear units.
The correct value for 42 therefore is 16 square units.
In geometric terms, 42 would be represented as a square (with each side 4 units) rather than a straight line representing 16 units.

However in terms of the conventional interpretation of numbers, this qualitative aspect is lost.

Quantitative Number system

There are in fact two complementary ways of defining numbers. (For convenience we will confine ourselves here to the natural numbers).

In standard terms the natural number system is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ……..

Strictly this can be written

11, 21, 31, 41, 51, …… As we have seen, in direct terms this represents the quantitative interpretation.

This gives the linear (i.e. one-dimensional) interpretation of number. (The number is defined with reference to a fixed qualitative dimension, which remains implicit).

Qualitative Number system

However there is an exact complementary natural number system (the significance of which has not been recognized).

Again in standard terms this would be written 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,…..(where the number now refers directly to the power or qualitative dimension).

In this format it looks identical to the standard quantitative system (and is therefore reduced to it).

However the fact that it is really a distinctive system becomes more apparent when it is written in its fuller form.

Here, each number (as qualitative dimension) is defined with respect to the fixed quantitative base of 1.

Therefore the system can be more fully written as

11, 12, 13, 14, 15,……

In the standard system only the numbers as quantities vary (which are defined with reference to a fixed unitary quality (i.e. dimension).

In the alternative system, only the numbers as qualities (i.e. dimensions) vary. These are defined with reference to a fixed unitary quantity.

However from the conventional perspective, the second system is of little use as the reduced quantitative value of each term is always 1.

Circular Number system

To appreciate the significance of the second number system, a different kind of transformation is required.

Now the second number (as quality) is 12. So this is defined with respect to the second dimension.

To get a (reduced) linear (one-dimensional) interpretation we obtain its square root.

As we have seen this involves equal positive and negative values +1 or -1 (which lie as two equidistant points on the circle of unit radius).

If we take 14 and get its reduced (linear) value we obtain 4 values.

Two of these are real + 1 or - 1, and two are imaginary + i or - i.

Again these lie as equidistant points on the circle of unit radius. 10

The reduced values of any number in the qualitative system will always lie as equidistant points on the circle of unit radius.

So for example we take 1100 andget its reduced linear value (by extracting its 100 roots), we will obtain 100 equidistant points on the circle of radius 1.

So what is highly significant here is that the qualitative number system has an indirect (reduced) translation which is purely circular. 11

So we now have two quantitative systems:

  • the standard linear system where numbers lie at an equal distance from each other on a straight line.
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