Life in the quantum plenum is infinitely rich, and this is the medium within which we as human beings live and move and have our being. Where as life in the quantum vacuum sounds kind of empty and leads to a philosophy of scarcity, life in the quantum plenum offers a profound new model of the multidimensional nature of human existence, and a philosophy of abundance.
These insights of modern physics confirm Madame Blavatsky's teachings of The Secret Doctrine:
Life in the plenum of Space is one of abundance. Mark brings the physics to life as he reminds us that we ourselves exist in this Space, this plenum.
These are profoundly valuable concepts which are supported throughout the mystical literature, but which are only beginning to make sense in terms of the new physics. When will humans see the light, or gain the light which is within themselves? as the mystics have asked through the ages. The profound importance of this equation of consciousness with light, and higher dimensional light, is not easy to grasp, and we must grow in an inner understanding of what this means, like Plato's cave dwellers learning to turn around and to see the light of true existence. Mark Comings obviously has done this himself, as is evident in his heart felt descriptions of the inner light. Dr. Comings is attempting to articulate a physics of the inner light, which leads to metaphysics and higher dimensions. Space itself, in which we live and move and have our being, is thus a "multidimensional sea of radiance," and consciousness has a supernal light nature.
Mark describes a human being as a "hyper-dimensional crystal lattice" within the plenum, with an "indwelling light of consciousenss." Mark describes how there might be a hierarchy of light all the way back to the Ayn Soph Aur (or limilless light) of the Kabbalist. The outer light forms are described as cast in the image and similitude of the inner light. However, Mark explains how we directly experience the flux of the inner light through your being. When talking about love and having courage (derived from the French for heart), he describes opening the heart, and "letting the inner light flood through your being," directly experiencing the "flux of inner light through the body." At one point in the video, Mark states that if your heart opens, the "light floods through us." What is so profoundly important about Dr. Comings work is the manner in which he brings home to us, the direct applications of physics of light to understanding the dynamics of the inner world.
In his first Montreal lecture, Mark provided a valuable discussion of some of the basic physics of light. In particular, he noted how Maxwell's four primary equations describing light as an electro-magnetic force have been modified within modern times. Light came to be regarded as having two directions of oscilation, electric and magnetic, but not to oscilate along the third dimension. Maxwell's equations allowed for such compression waves along the third dimension, but these were ignored when it came to the practical applications of his equations. Mark thus regards light as having more a 'triune' rather than 'dualistic' nature, and further, that light manifest in the three dimensional space itself has a higher dimensional physics to it. The supernal light which Mark depicts has "... n degree of freedom" - just as the limitless light of the Ayn Soph Aur, for the Kabbalist.
"In is up, dimensionally." Mark's phrase captures the essential meaning of "within-without from zero-points," as used in my own writings. A new notion of Space is involved here, of a hyperspace or higher dimensional Space, pervading and underlying the space which we imagine is outside of us and around us, but empty. Phenomena within the three dimensional space are due to a metaphysics in higher dimensions, wherein we are all rooted into the Plenum, and consciousness has an intrinsic 'light' nature. Potentially, human consciousness, can, in the terms of the Dali Lama, merge with the 'mind of clear light.'
Mark Coming's equation of consciousness with light is a profoundly significant step forward in our trying to understand the enigmas of human consciousness, and the relationship of modern physics to ancient metaphysics. F. Capra, in the Tao of Physics (1975) provided a view of space as plenum and void, and of the quantum interconnectedness of phenomena, but Capra lacked a significant insight into the enigmas of consciousness and light, and then insights into the higher dimensional nature of light itself. M. Talbot, in The Holographic Universe, had a holographic model, but again lacked this essential insight into the mysteries of human consciousness as light, and of supernal light that emerging from within the grounds of being. Mark applies this all directely within ourselves, as this is how we as beings emerge out of the nothingness, the void/plenum, and can be illumined by the inner light. All of these things can be know within ourselves!
Whereas the simplistic materialist view of space as empty and non-sentient is not too promising and leads to a philosophy of 'scarcity' and a view of death as the end, the emerging view of Space as the plenum, opens up a pretty vast universe for us as living human beings, ensouled in some manner but living multi-diimensional lives within such underlying realms of spirit, light and the plenum of Space.
A Paradigm of Radical Abundance
In the paradigm of Radical Abundance, Mark describes these higher potentials within ourselves, especially of inner illumination and of love. The scarcity model of mainstream materialist science offers only a life in empty space, with limited resources, ending at death. There is no inner light, spirit or soul, and consciousness is left out of the equation. Mark as both a scientist and mystic, has come to apply the ideas of physics directly to understanding the enigmas of human consciousness. Human consciousness involves somehow light within Space. Modern consciousness researchers do not generally even think that understanding consciousness has anything to do with understanding the nature of Space, or light, or higher dimensions. Everyone in the mainstream of science assumes that material processes produce consciousness, although its a complete mystery where, what and how, but certainly they do not consider that consciousensss as some higher dimensional physics/metaphysics to it. However, it is this higher physics and metaphysics of consciousness, the heart and mind, which has been elaborated through the ages within the esoteric spiritual teachings of humankind. The discoveries of modern physics are increasing serving to illustrate the hidden meanings and science of the wisdom teachings.
The advantage of a mystical science approach to understanding life, relative to the common scientific approach, is brilliantly articulated by Rene Weber (1986). She explains in Dialogues with Scientists and Sages: The Search for Unity:
The mystical quest is to directly experience unity–not simply to know it with the mind as an intellectual abstraction. Hence, the mystic includes him/herself in the equation as he/she attempts to penetrate to the heart of being. Mark's explanations of the nature of Space, and Consciousness as light, and higher dimensional light, provide profoundly valuable keys to understanding this paradigm of radical abundance, and an illumined life in the plenum.
The problem with hard line materialist and skeptic scientists is that they leave consciousness out of their equations–and do not consider that there might be a substantive consciousness–especially one capable of directly experiencing the deep roots of matter, nature and creation. Consider the wisdom articulated by the Sufi sage, Ibn al’Arabi: “Know that since God created human beings and brought them out of nothingness into existence, they have not stopped being travelers.” This comment suggests that the void, the emptiness, the plenum, higher space dimensions and root principles–these things discussed by scientists, are directly experienced by yogis, mystics and seers, you and I. In fact, you are never not experiencing these things, but you are simply unaware of it, because you do not know yourself, or understand the true origin and nature of your own consciousness. We ourselves emerge out of the nothingness of Space, and are illumined by the light of consciousness.
Mystical teachings actually claim that to ‘know self,’ at the deepest level, leads to experiences of higher or more enlightened states of human consciousness, alternate forms of objective knowledge about the nature of Self, the universe and the inscrutable mysteries of nature, and even, to divine knowledge of God. Mystical knowledge involves the direct experiencing of the unity of life–to different depths of penetration. If these kinds of states and experiences are indeed possible, then mysticism, by the criterion of science itself, would indeed be more scientific than what are considered the so-called ‘exact’ sciences.
Unfortunately, modern science writers, such as B. Greene, P. Atkins, L. Smolin, all leave consciousness out of their equations. They don't imagine that the quantum physics could have anything to do with the nature of human consciousness, despite the fact that consciousness exists within space, and light is directly experienced in consciousness? What might physics have to do with consciousness? Mark Comings is making steps to elaborate the basic principles of such a new paradigm of human understanding--based exactly upon such a physics and metaphysics of consciousness, light and space.
If we can understand such an illumined perspective on the nature of things, we find ourselves in a radical abundance. Unfortunately, we might also be somewhat horrified by the madness of humankind-- ruled by the mode of ignornace, the philosophy of scarcity, with an economy based on fossel fuels and war, and an emotional pathology of fear and self interest.
According to Mark Comings, and in accord with my own work, consciousness must be understood in terms of the physics and metaphysics of light and space, and higher dimensions. Mark's materials on these basic issues were immensely valuable and insightful, and there was so much more, all needing time to assimilate and revise, and hear again and again.