“Why is geometry described as ‘cold’ and ‘dry?’ One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line… Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity.” –Benoit Mandelbrot
The vacuum of space connects us all. Atoms consist of 99.9999999% empty space. That means everything from the chair you’re sitting on, the computer you’re staring at, even you, are only 000000001% there. Even the Planck Length is simply a renormalization of the infinitely dense vacuum of space. As such, matter does not define space, space defines matter.
Matter is just a perceptual division of the vacuum itself. However, matter does inform space. Reality creates us. The vacuum creates us, but we inform the vacuum. We are interacting with the structure of the vacuum over and over again in a fundamental way. All the electrons and positrons in the atoms that make up our bodies are constantly interacting with the vacuum like a game of hide-and-seek: appearing and disappearing, over and over again.
We are informing the universe about our unique point of view of the structure of reality. We are recursive, self-similar structures of consciousness at arbitrarily small scales that represent the universe as a whole; like a wave represents the ocean, or a water-drop represents the wave.
Fractal feedback loops are a prime example of this. The functioning architecture of the human brain is a fractal feedback loop in itself. Brains are water-drops representing a cosmic wave that represents a cosmic ocean. As the research of Wai Tsang proposes the organization of the brain is fractal not just in structure but in process, similar to the way a tree is fractal in structure and process. It is through this feedback loop that we inform the universe that created us.
Our eyes are a literal extension of the universe seeing itself. Our ears are an extension of the universe hearing itself. It’s the same with the other three senses, even the sixth sense of imagination. Our imagination is an extension of the universe imagining itself. These are all phenomenal faculties of our miraculous fractal brains.
In the universe of fractal structure, infinity is the final answer. Infinity is not only horizontally and vertically infinite but also infinitely infinite, where even seemingly finite structures are inherently infinite at all points. Context is to object as horizon is to boundary. Full conscious awareness requires both objective and subjective balance and perspicuity, a self-aware equilibrium between the vacuum and the feedback loop.
This can be experienced indirectly through the opening of the Crown chakra. When the individuated-self possessing absolute, decisive and divisive boundaries evolves into the transcendent-self, there is a broadening of scope that unravels and absolves the illusion of self into a permeable, flexible, horizon of infinite possibilities. From which a fractal consciousness emerges.
Each and every conscious observation is a microcosmic butterfly effect that has macro cosmic consequences. A fractal brain begets a fractal consciousness begets a fractal cosmology. Conscious observation is a water drop interpretation of an infinite wave. Without conscious observation, there is merely an infinite wavefunction with only the potential to be collapsed into an objective reality.
With conscious observation, however, the infinite wavefunction collapses into a finite objective reality; giving us perceivable objects. Consciousness is the medium by which reality, as we know it, exists.
But it goes beyond this. Each and every unique conscious observation creates a domino-effect of alternate realities which are collapsing and re-collapsing ad infinitum throughout the fractal universe (or multiverse). It’s enough to make our brains do backflips in our skulls.
But the beauty of the fractal cosmological perspective is the understanding of the infinite interconnectedness of all things. It can be explained in a multitude of ways: from mathematics to geometry to chaos theory, while it is elegant enough that it correlates with such far-reaching scientific ideas as Hugh Everett’s Many-worlds interpretation of the quantum enigma, Cantor’s Set Theory, Godel’s Incompleteness theorem,Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and Zeno’s paradox
And it is personal enough that it resonates strongly with what’s occurring during acts of meditation and other altered states of consciousness.
Blaise Pascal once challenged us when he wrote, “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges as the infinity in which he is engulfed.” Fractal cosmology, and the fractal consciousness that comes from it, may be just the passage we need to bridge the gap between the nothingness from which we emerge and the infinity in which we’re engulfed. One could even go as far as to call it Fractal Enlightenment.