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I've long retained a healthy scepticism about the ancient art and practice of divination. I like to think I'm an empiricist in the English philosophical tradition. If I can't make something work, I lose interest in it. That doesn't mean it can't blossom for someone else, of course. The problem is that many of its practitioners seem to hang out on fairgrounds and slightly downmarket television shows. However, I was in for a surprise. When I was reading psychology at university my hero was the great C.G. (Carl) Jung, a Swiss genius of towering breadth of learning and imagination. His mystical apotheosis was a revelation in every sense:
When the summit of life is reached, when the bud unfolds and from the lesser the greater emerges ... and the greater figure, which one always was but which remained invisible, appears to the lesser personality with the force of a revelation, he ... will know that the long expected friend of his soul, the immortal one, has now really come.It doesn't get much better than that. Jung was also a lifelong student of the Chinese Book of Changes, the I Ching -- a rather intellectual tool for divination. Its method is similar to most other systems of reaching out to foreknowledge, which use the physical to attain the mystical. In ancient China, Taoists used 49 yarrow stalks, throwing them six times to the ground to make up a hexagram. Jung was convinced it worked and practised diligently. My own experience of it was one of tedium. I adopted the modern method of throwing three coins instead of yarrow sticks. I managed to get hold of three old British pennies, the surprisingly large and heavy copper coins that were in use until 1971. At first the process seemed interminable, asking a question, then throwing the coins six times and building up a hexagram of six whole and broken lines. I used the Richard Wilhelm translation which had a stimulating commentary by Jung himself. It seemed to work on many occasions, but could be densely obscure, lacking the vivid nature of real life. Perhaps I was expecting too much. Some years later -- not long ago -- I was given a pack of Tarot cards as a present. These, of course, are much more associated with the fairground that ever was the I Ching. But as I shuffled through them, I recognised Jung's Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious. I was immediately attracted to them and began to try them out. As often with divinatory methods, it takes a while to break yourself into the deeper aspects of the system. I had sporadic matches with various outcomes, but as with the I Ching, they seemed tenuous and distant, lacking immediacy. But I didn't give up on them, because of their archetypal dynamism and the brilliance of the commentary in the book that came with my version. Gradually, the mist clarified and the "immortal one" seemed to answer. I am still staggered by the relevance of the answers I now get. The Tarot can be a bit scary. The first time you get the Death card is not for the faint-hearted: in some versions, it's a black skeleton with a scythe riding on a black horse -- truly the stuff of nightmares. All is not lost. The card represents merely a decisive loss, perhaps a job (the sack?) or the need for a complete, beneficial, change of direction. Until, that is, your turn for departure from this world really does come. If you can accept my assertion that it definitely does work, you stand a chance of making it relevant for yourself after a period of induction. So how does it work? I suspect it has more to do with biologist Rupert Sheldrake's "extended mind" -- the universal, or Nirvanic consciousness, than any other theoretical medium. This is genuinely mystical; that is, something beyond normal consciousness and means of seeing. It links our earthly life with what lies beyond. It is both accessible to those who want it enough and will guide them through mysteries without end. Jung's "culmination of life" was such an experience. Divination is just the opening shots in the greatest journey of all. John Evans Recent Related Articles
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Memories Like the corners of my mind Misty water-coloured memories Of the way we were ...We all have memories; some pleasant, some bad. They form the bone and structure of our lives. Without memories, life would lose its multi-dimensional qualities. But what are they? Where are they kept? How are they managed? Surprisingly, science has no definitive answers to these questions. Mysticism, in its widest sense as the study of consciousness, has. A persistent ancient assertion is that everything that happens, and has happened throughout time, down to the smallest detail, is recorded in a universal memory. This idea is now being taken seriously in unexpected quarters. Modern materialists believe (and I use the word advisedly) that memories are stored as physical traces in the brain using a chemical or electrical marker, something like a database on a computer hard drive. The problem for neuroscientists is that they have never been able to locate them nor even the cranial "hard drive". Typically, they make an assumption that fits with their assumed model of the world. When Google's highly innovative founders, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, developed their Google Search system they realised that conventional database technology was physically too clunky to call up hundreds, even millions, of results almost instantaneously. They came up with the first Cloud technology. Instead of a massive mainframe computer with whirring tapes and fetch-and-carry software routines to poll, find and retrieve the data, they brought in large numbers of cheap PCs -- basic Dell boxes -- and connected them all up together in a cooled room, rather like a huge refrigerator. In place of a hard drive, they suspended their constantly-changing map of the internet in RAM memory -- the lightning-fast sort that disappears when a computer is switched off. This arrangement eventually allowed anyone in the world to access literally millions of results for a search query in a fraction of a second, almost as if it were their own memory. The non-local openness of the technology freed it from the painfully slow hardware and software combinations of conventional databases. The information was, as it were, hanging in the ether, available to everyone. Mystics have long known that human memories are non-local, not brain located. To store them in the brain would be the equivalent of a physical database. The mystic equivalent of the Google "Cloud" is that memories of an event are stored with that event in time. When we remember something from the past we make a direct connection with it across time, somewhat resembling Carl Jung's Synchronicity: a non-causal connecting principle, or meaningful coincidence. The biologist, Dr Rupert Sheldrake in his new book, The Science Delusion, explains the process with the term morphic resonance. He points out that Ivan Pavlov, famous for his experiments on the conditioning of dogs, proved that this conditioning "could survive massive surgical damage to the brain", showing that it was not brain-dependent. Clearly, memories are not made of wired circuits within the skull, but have a non-local source more akin to telepathy than is conventionally understood. This extended mind, as Sheldrake terms it, is surrounding us at all times. We have built-in receptors to filter much of it out, but are mostly unaware of how this works. Science too is struggling to explain the non-material part of the human mind, which many scientists believe doesn't exist. The influence of Cartesian philosophy hangs over 21st-century science like a bad smell. Gross materialism melts away when human consciousness is studied with an open mind.
Can it be that it was all so simple then? Or has time rewritten every line? If we had the chance to do it all again Tell me, would we? Could we? ** The Way We Were, the Barbra Streisand song was written by Hamlisch, Marvin/Bergman, Alan/Bergman, Marilyn. John Evans ... who is the author of The Eternal Quest for Immortality: Is it staring you in the face? Available from Amazon and all good booksellers. Mystics in the Modern World is coming soon.
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