Friday, October 11, 2013

the molecular nature of work

Deity on a sarcophagus, under the influence of the solar disk
 Museum of Antiquities, Cairo
photograph by the author

 Some readers will be familiar with my new blog, the microbial octave. Those who aren't might want to  check it out. There may not seem to be a lot of relationship between the world of microbiology, evolution, and inner work, but actually, the relationship is quite close and well worth examining in more detail.

 Gurdjieff always explained that everything about inner work was ultimately chemical, material, physical, and that is because the expression of the Divine, in our universe and on this level, expresses itself in atomic and molecular form. These are the fundamental building blocks of the Divine manifestation of reality.

 It's intriguing to note that Gurdjieff seems to specifically indicate that Divinity manifests in a particulate form, considering the wave/particle dilemma was well known to the physics of his time (and, i am sure, to him.) This is a subject for deeper investigation; the point is that the manifestation of Divine Energy ultimately takes place as the result of molecular interactions on this level. There is no other way for it to happen.

Microbes, that is, all invisible lifeforms, actively inhabit this level of the world and help form the basis upon which all other life in the world, and, consequently, all manifestation of Divine Energy becomes possible. The web of energies that feeds the material existence of consciousness is deeply embedded in this lowest level of the manifestation of life — it forms the texture, or grounding element, which life arises and dwells in.

My blog about microbiology attempts to explain this from a scientific and biological point of view, so that readers will have a better understanding of exactly how the fabric of the world is put together, and how the greater part of it is completely unseen. 

It also relates directly to our understanding of inner work, because the molecular component of our work is identically constructed, and the correspondences here are both powerful and compelling. Many things can be learned by studying the systems in parallel.

The spiritual is, at its root, microbiotic, and ultimately molecular. When de Salzmann says that the cells are permeated with Si 12, she means this quite literally. The sensation is global and unmistakable, if this event takes place in the body. It underscores the fact that our transformation begins with cellular, molecular, transformation, and this is a transformation that begins on the microbiotic level. The connection between the higher and the lower needs to be formed as a complete web, or field of influences, that is built on the unseen level of microbiology, and reaches all the way into the macroscopic levels of the sun and beyond into heaven itself. 

All of this is connected in a single continuum that we are meant to participate in by embodying. But we cannot embody it without the molecular change in the body itself that is necessary in order to form the threads that connect us.

To carry the microbiological analogy a little bit further, think of the roots that fungi form (mycorrhizae.) These are an exact analogy to what I'm speaking about. They form mutualistic relationships with plants, making it possible for the roots to take up substances from the soil which they need for their nutrition. If a man or woman does not form these "roots" of sensation (which can at times be literally felt as inner roots), these organic connections to the cellular work of the body and its connection and relationship to ordinary reality, then he or she can't take in the food he needs for other kinds of spiritual work. This is why work in the practice of sensation and awareness of the body is so vital to the foundations of all other inner work. And, as you can see, its precise analogies, definitions, and correspondences all arise directly from the kingdom of microbiology which we consider to be beneath ourselves and relatively uninteresting.

 Any awareness of cellular being, which I have referred to for many years as the organic sense of being, brings one immediately to a range of new questions about the nature of life and the levels below us, which must be examined and experienced in a new inner way in order to create an opening to any higher levels.

May your soul be filled with light.

Note to readers: a new post at The Microbial Octave.

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