Another profound transition now takes place. During the circular level though experience grows steadily more intuitive (and unconscious), one still tries to keep it under rational control through subtle and indirect one dimensional (i.e. conscious) translations. However ultimately with the erosion of all conscious understanding, this no longer proves tenable. Thus the crisis of the dark night - which is the culmination of the circular level - involves a pure and unreduced form of spiritual (unconscious) intuition.

Having been for so long kept under the control of reason, the unconscious is now at last free to express itself in its own terms. Now whereas the conscious (in relation to unconscious) has a positive sign, the unconscious (in relation to conscious) has a negative sign. However, giving it indirect conscious expression requires translation through one dimensional format. So once again we obtain the square root, this time in relation to a negative sign. This - in mathematics - involves obtaining an imaginary quantity. In precisely similar psychological fashion, we now obtain - in qualitative terms - an imaginary number.

What this means is that conscious experience is now seen as the projection of the unconscious mind. Though indirectly these projections involve conscious phenomena, their real significance lies not in these specific phenomena but rather in the dimensions from which they emanate. In other words they have a holistic archetypal significance.

Real experience involves in direct terms the experience of phenomena (against a given background of dimensions).

Imaginary experience by contrast involves in direct terms the experience of dimensions (against a given background of phenomena). With imaginary experience we literally create the dimensions in which we experience reality.

Conventional science is based on the "real" world where dimensions of space and time are given. However correctly speaking, these dimensions are not given at all, but rather directly created through experience. So we actually live in a "complex" world which is both "real" and "imaginary".

We now can see why the dark night there is such a congested suffocating experience. This is because - due to the high level of control of instinctive response, the unconscious is unable to express itself directly. Quite literally there is a prolonged - near total - starvation of dimensional experience. One is therefore not able to create a framework of either time or space. In the absence of such dimensions psychologically, matter becomes more and more compressed in experience leading to an enormous feeling of grief (i.e. gravity). The dynamics of the black hole are exactly complementary. The black hole represents a situation, where matter is unable to create a supporting framework of dimensions (i.e. space and time). It therefore gets squeezed out of space and time through an immense inward gravitational pull. The subsequent radiation of black holes can be seen as an attempt by matter to once more create the corresponding dimensions of space and time.

The spontaneous emission of projected phenomena, which occurs during this transition from circular to point level, represents a psychological attempt to restore dimensionality to experience. The meaning of phenomena is now no longer conscious but unconscious leading back to the holistic dimensions from which they have been projected. In other words phenomena now are imaginary speaking of a virtual reality.

During the previous transition we saw that all phenomena are in dynamic terms bi-directional with positive and negative aspects. Now one understands that all phenomena are bi-modal with real and imaginary aspects.

Thus for science, this means that every fact, every concept, every hypothesis has real and imaginary aspects. Perceptions (specific objects) and concepts (holistic dimensions) are in relative terms real and imaginary with respect to each other. If the perceptions are "real", then the corresponding concepts are "imaginary". Likewise, in reverse, if the concepts are "real", then the perceptions are - in relative terms -"imaginary". Conventionally science suffers from considerable reductionism where it is tacitly accepted that "real" facts have a correspondence with "real" theories. Actually - in dynamic terms - "real" facts have a correspondence with "imaginary" theories and "imaginary" facts have a correspondence with "real" theories. So just as there is a need for anti-theories in science, there is equally a need for "imaginary" theories. Interestingly, one important area, where this conventional view is coming unstuck is in the attempted reconciliation of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics. What is required here is a "complex" rational rather than a "real" rational framework.


Now, we can distinguish a positive from a negative imaginary (rational) paradigm.

However just as in physics virtual particle and anti-particle pairings are very closely related, likewise in psychology, positive and negative imaginary paradigms are very closely related. Because experience is at such an unconscious level, there is very little rigidity in the indirect phenomenal translations. Thus the positive (projected) phenomena are quickly negated in a continual return to their source in the unconscious.

Thus just as every real theory has a corresponding anti-theory, every imaginary theory has a corresponding anti-theory.