by Ken Silvestro
With the current interest in neuropsychology and brain functions, it appears the human psyche is becoming a complex network of neuronal pathways and colored brain images on a computer screen. As interesting and helpful as these research areas might be, neither provides an in-depth understanding of the human condition. Returning to the symbolic language of the psyche and its rich expressions that illuminate our lives and relationships, and to the discoveries of the original pioneers in depth psychology, will not only assists psychoanalysts and clients in their daily efforts but sustain the mystery of the human experience and its vital qualities.
In an attempt to rediscover and revitalize an understanding of the human psyche, two paradigmatic approaches are presented: quantum physics and multidimensional psyche. Analogies and correspondences between psychic expressions and quantum physics are presented, as well as a multidimensional model of psyche that embodies spatial and non-spatial dimensions. A brief integration of the two approaches presents a fuller perspective of the conscious and unconscious psyche.
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Projection and other unconscious, instinctual behaviors not associated with consciousness are necessary and valid indicators of psyche. On the other hand, experience is a conscious, subjective observation of psyche. Each experience carries the potential to produce a shift in consciousness–be it an unconscious expression via projection or a conscious one.
During human existence and experience, consciousness formed, shifted and developed. The question is: Formed from, and into, what? Choose a word, and for all intents and purposes it will do. The pioneers of psychoanalysis chose the word psyche. From those early times to the present researchers, clinicians and theorists have described and attributed human experience, i.e., innate and objective, to the human psyche. The innate experiences of thought, emotion, anxieties, creativity, and more were the central focus of these pioneering efforts. Although most early descriptions present psyche as unconscious, energic, and mind characteristics, present day contemporaries focus on biological, neurological and bio-neurological attempts to capture the ephemeral and intangible products and influences of the psyche. Of late, brain and bio-neurological functions are the foci.
For this paper, the human psyche does not refer to just mind or brain functions, to biology or neurology, but to all of these components of human nature and more–much more. The fact that a researcher speaks of an emotion being associated with the limbic system or decision making process associated with the prefrontal lobe appears to be of little consequence when attempting to rediscover psyche from the perspective of early investigations. It is the intangible with its influences and manifest representations, e.g., symbolic representations that are most critical. The contents of dreams are the easiest, yet most profound, examples of psychic expression. A similar profundity is uncovered in the lives of schizophrenic individuals. The symbolism within dream contents and schizophrenic expressions reveals psyche in its native language. This native form, however, is also uncovered in any human experience.
In rediscovering psyche and attempting to uncover a new framework, quantum physics and multidimensional reality are useful. Multidimensional reality focuses on spatial perspectives and psychic content – the intangibles of conscious and unconscious content. Quantum physics presents the strange and unpredictable nature of the subatomic world of reality – the incredibly small, beyond human visibility and, again, what I propose as the intangibles of the unconscious psyche. The extremely different dynamics of quantum physics shifts the Newtonian perception of reality, often describing contrary qualities and characteristics to our Newtonian experiences. Yet, quantum reality, analogous to the unconscious psyche, must be considered as real as any conscious, or Newtonian, experience.
Spatial and non-spatial multidimensional reality extends from the first through the third spatial dimensions, to the fourth dimension of space-time unity, to the non-spatial fifth, sixth, seventh and higher dimensions. For example, the fifth dimension is devoid of time or space; only psychic qualities are present. Thoughts, emotions, habitualness, cognition, symbols, intuition, consciousness, and much more, are psychic qualities “located” in higher dimensions.
Quantum physics and multidimensional reality help us to understand the wholeness of both nature and human nature, and the limitless expansion of the unconscious psyche and its timeless influences.
Rediscovering Psyche through Experience and Observation: Preparation and Collaboration
During the initial phases of creating and developing ideas for this paper, I began a discussion with a colleague about her paper. What emerged for both us were relevant points of interest, emotional and relational engagement, creative expressions, symbolic influences, synchronistic meaning and cognitive formulations. As a result, she developed her paper and I rediscovered psyche for my paper.
Initially, she approached me with the proposal of sharing some ideas and perhaps presenting a collaborative effort at the conference. I was open to her suggestion and we began sharing possibilities. Very quickly, symbols surfaced that appeared to represent her interest and our collaborative process. The symbols of the spiral and the alchemical king and queen, sharing the alchemical vessel, were instrumental. Our relationship developed, which isn’t a surprise, as we shared enthusiasm, symbols, emotions and energy. Contemplating the meanings of the symbols gave way to the influences of the psyche, as we shared the alchemical vessel and the psychic relationship that existed between us.
The spiral symbolism was discussed in terms of the theme of the conference and with respect to our papers. The return of each rung of the spiral to the “same” position, yet slightly displaced from the actual previous position, represents the eternal return with change. The spiral symbol introduces paradox, change, development, dynamics, return, relationship and healing, e.g., Asclepius’ single caduceus staff or Hermes’ double caduceus staff. My colleague and I shared the psychic energy associated with this symbol as each of our papers and relationship continued to form and develop. Thus, the alchemical king and queen symbolism within the alchemical vessel became instrumental.
The king and queen were symbolic of each of us, our psychic relationship as we shared the vessel of the unconscious psyche and the psychic dynamic with which we were enveloped. The intimacy and relationship activated by this symbol is easily experienced regardless of physical distance. This dynamic brings an unconscious relationship, as well as a conscious one. Intuitive expressions akin to conscious communication occur, as do synchronistic occurrences. Meanings, insights, creative moments and feeling responses were alive, manifesting the psyche and its energy, as represented by the symbol.
Synchronicity provides for seemingly acausal, meaningful coincidences or events that originate in the unconscious psyche and manifest in the objective world, e.g., a dream image that manifest in a waking experience and provides meaning to the individual dreamer. We experienced this powerful psychic expression as new ideas relevant to both our papers unfolded. The symbolic psychic representations were met as our individual psyches extended from a unified field. Both personal and collective dynamic experiences moved our papers forward through the shared experiences at the level of the psyche.
My colleague’s focus was relationships, while I focused on return to the psyche. Both topics were ripe for the exchange that followed on conscious and unconscious levels. The symbols that manifest in my consciousness are expressions of the unconscious relationship that occurred between us and the creative process. These qualities and functions are essential reminders of how psyche influences us and is a continual presence in our lives.
Psyche Revealed through Schizophrenia
The descriptions provided in this section are not examples from my practice. Instead, the details are extracted from two autobiographies presenting schizophrenic disorders experienced by two individuals. My intent is simply to explore the psychic expression in both cases to help demonstrate psyche’s language and content. The autobiographies are Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl, by Marguerite Sechehaye and Henry’s Demons: Living with Schizophrenia, a Father and Son’s Story, by Patrick Cockburn and Henry Cockburn. Henry suffered from schizophrenia and is a co-author of the latter book which also presents his father’s perspectives and experiences of Henry’s schizophrenia, providing objective and subject experiences which are invaluable in exposing psyche. The Schizophrenic Girl is another invaluable subjective account from Andrea, a client undergoing analysis and suffering from schizophrenia.
In both experiential accounts, there is a mixture of direct conscious and unconscious psychic expression. For example, Henry and Andrea describe their abilities to know that a particular thought or behavior is occurring, and in some instances realize the inappropriateness expressed. Nonetheless, they also lived the inappropriateness to the fullest extent of the expression. The point is simple but important: In most cases, conscious psyche observes the unconscious psyche but does not control or dictate the latter’s expression.
Consider Henry’s communication with trees. He listened and spoke to trees. At times, it was the wind moving through the trees that induced their messages. He received direction and comfort from this communication, but also self-destructive commands. The latter commands were often understood as self-destructive by Henry, but, as mentioned, he followed the commands to the letter. For example, there were many times when he escaped from hospital only to find himself in danger situations, such as the time he swam naked in subfreezing waters. Other examples aside from the trees and bushes speaking to him include: animals speaking to him, voices calling to him, visions appearing, feelings of guilt tormenting him, and a loss of his ability to differentiate between imagination and reality. Hallucinations were, of course, considered genuine events.
Early on, Henry decided to go barefoot. In fact, wearing clothes was often not to his liking. When walking naked, he felt like a nomad. He lived with a sense of liberation and considered himself courageous for becoming liberated. He was suspicious of mechanical objects, such as clocks. As is so often the case, Henry believed he was being monitored through these devices. When questioned by police or anyone else, his explanations were convincing and intellectual.
At college, as his illness progressed, his room was extraordinarily messy; his illness became associated with messiness. Henry was attracted to smelly alleys and garbage, for example. A hymn from his early childhood resurfaced in his conscious psyche. It spoke of choices over good/evil, truth/falsehood, God’s messiah and absolute truth. Henry believed he was the recipient of special messages. His voices and visions were indicative of the revelatory understanding that he received. He entered a new and magical world.
Henry spoke often of religious and mystical forces, using imagery from Lord of the Rings. He refused to accept medications because, after all, he thought nothing was wrong with him. He “reasoned,” through symbolic and synchronistic “logic” that he could smoke cigarettes instead of ingesting his medications since both brand names included the same letter. A song became a fixation. Some of the lines included: “Through and through, and on to Peru/ Through every taboo and on to Peru” (Cockburn & Cockburn, 2011, p. 33). His experiences were considered a gift, ushering him into a new reality, a spiritual reality that others seldom enter. This was an awakening, not an illness! According to Henry, it was “another side to the world I hadn’t seen before” (Cockburn & Cockburn, 2001, p. 31).
Henry never felt confident about himself with women or in large groups. He met Elisa with whom he spent considerable time. They talked and went for walks, but she wouldn’t kiss him. She took off her shoes and danced, and Henry claimed that he never saw anyone or anything so beautiful.
Being an art major, Henry was influenced by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who used symbols and signs in his graffiti art and paintings. Henry considered Basquiat’s art magical! He appreciated graffiti because it was rough and raw! (As an aside, researching Basquiat’s work revealed an image of the artist sitting amongst his paintings with his shoes and socks off.)
At one point, Henry saw a sign on a bus: Blood Brothers. He was certain this meant he must return to his brother. Another time he thought of birds swallowing stones for digestive purposes. So he tried it. As the illness progressed, he lost his interest in art. He wanted to make music the center of his world, a world filled with the voices from the trees and wind, and his visions.
Henry was fascinated by the underworld and secret tunnels in the earth. Voices from the trees encouraged him to live among the trees and the earth whenever he was confined in a hospital room. This urging, as mentioned earlier, motivated him to escape from hospital time and again to join the trees, the wind and the earth. During what Henry referred to as polka-dot days, every tree, ivy and other natural growths turned into rings or circles.
At those times, Henry experienced persecution, believing he was a sinner and was going to die and/or be physically tortured. He describes the experience as: “… being drained into a dark, godless world” (Cockburn & Cockburn, 2011, p. 169). While attending a play, one of the actors exclaimed: “Someone in here has very thick skin” (Cockburn & Cockburn, 2011, p. 170). Henry left the play, believing the actor was speaking about him. Later, he heard a girl’s voice say: “What do you want? I don’t love you” (Cockburn & Cockburn, 2011, p. 170). Polka-dot days were times when everyone could read his thoughts and he believed that he was evil. He spent considerable effort repeating lines from a particular song and reciting the Lord’s Prayer in order to reduce, or compensate for, the persecution.
In Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl, Andrea describes herself at the age of five years old, listening to school children sing and having a sense of unreality, and not recognizing her school (Sechehaye, 1951) . These were frightening experiences, even for a child of such a young and fanciful age, compelling her to run home to familiar surroundings and connect to her typical reality. Her experiences of unreality always included unlimited vastness, brilliant light and a glossy smoothness of material objects.
That was the onset of unreality for Andrea that continued with intensity and increasing symptoms. For example, Andrea saw her girlfriend change in size and heard sounds detached from objective sources (Sechehaye. 1951). An early dream related to these particular experiences involved a needle in a hay stack which grows larger and larger (Sechehaye, 1951). Her autobiography is full of similar sensate experiences, as just described.
In a morning street scene, everything seemed to stop. Andrea experienced a waiting and holding period, similar to holding one’s breath. Similar to the above dream, this experience induced a condition of extreme tension. Andrea frequently claimed that she needed regularity in her life, similar to her young 5 year old running home to the familiar (regular) reality.
Andrea felt considerable guilt in all her experiences, claiming that her fear was a cover for her guilt. She declared that she “literally hated people,” but men in particular were hated (Sechehaye, 1951, p. 47). She wanted to reduce people to robots by extracting their brains. Here guilt became her persecutor in many different forms – electrical machines, the patriarchal hierarchy and the system in general. Andrea saw people as soulless, as just bodies. Animism ensued while people seemed to move without reason and objects became more real than people.
Andrea often remained quiet and immobile, starring at one spot or beam of light. She became immersed in contemplation, feeling bound to the infinite small spot of light. Then the experience changed; suddenly all objects came to life, terrifying her and resulting in increased anxiety. Her anger and anxiety mounted and emerged into her consciousness.
After a period of time, she became an automaton, again, and the world became dreamlike. During one hallucination, Andrea was a queen in the land of Tibet. As the queen, she had the right to eat apples from the tree, as she stated (Sechehaye, 1951). Andrea’s paradoxical thoughts led her to believe she was nine centuries old but not born yet.
Her analyst, known as Mama at times, gave her milk from her breasts. Eventually, the analyst transformed into the goddess! The goddess replaced Mama. Andrea often experienced abandonment and emptiness associated with her actual mother, resulting in self-isolation and not speaking to others, and suicide attempts.
Andrea developed her own language to describe her pain since she believed that her pain couldn’t be described in typical words. More importantly, and to the point, is the symbolic expression of psyche that reveals the content and nature of psyche, in her new language.
Quantum Physics, Multidimensional Theory and Psyche
The above psychic descriptions can now help us rediscover psyche through two different but corresponding paradigm shifts for understanding reality: quantum physics and multidimensional theory. The former is based on several of the latest theories and discoveries of quantum physics, e.g., entanglement, non-local communication, decoherence and superposition. The latter is based on Dr. Wilson van Dusen’s model of mind in hyperspace.
The entanglement of two quantum waveforms is understood as a strange connection between two waveforms. Each waveform is composed of the superposition of all the possible state-conditions for a given particle, or in terms of psyche for a psychic content. Superposition means that all possibilities simultaneously exist within a waveform. The two waveforms might manifest as particles in a particular state within Newtonian reality. If one manifest particle from changes, the corresponding entangled manifest particle immediately does so as well. This is the basis for non-local communication. No matter where in the universe one particle of the entangled pair is located, it immediately affects the other particle in the pair. With respect to psyche, one can consider a thought or an emotion within a superimposed waveform, entangled with other waveforms, functioning in the same manner as particles with non-local communication between the psychic qualities.
The manifestation of a particle from the quantum level of reality to the Newtonian level of reality occurs as a result of a measurement. This measurement is the impetus for the process of decoherence. This process is described as a waveform potential at the quantum level decohering as a result of a measurement into a particular particle at the Newtonian level of reality (Al-Khalili, 2004).
Superposition, decoherence and non-local communication represent a paradigm shift in physics and in our understanding of reality. This paradigm shift is crucial for many reasons. One of the most compelling reasons, however, is the rediscovery of psyche, changing our understanding, and means, of meeting psyche.
Rediscovering psyche within this paradigm shift requires us to equate or establish correspondences between the unconscious psyche and quantum reality. This means nothing less than understanding psychic phenomena, such as symbols, dreams, ego, consciousness, complexes, the creative process, synchronicity, and much more, in terms of quantum theories and discoveries.
Rather than attempt to define and describe each psychic phenomenon at the quantum level, quantum theories and discoveries are applied to the examples presented earlier; that is, to my relationship and collaboration with my colleague and to the two schizophrenic autobiographies. In this way, an attempt to understand the unconscious psyche to the paradigmatic shifts, psyche is rediscovered within a new framework.
Correspondences between Quantum Physics and Psyche
The symbols that manifest during my collaboration with my colleague are an expression of psyche being shared between us. Traditionally, this can be described as an archetypal field consciously manifesting in both of us. This is still a valid description, however, the quantum physics paradigm shift provides another way of describing psyche. The unconscious waveforms, entangled between each of us, are entangled at an unconscious level. When one waveform manifest (decoheres) in my consciousness, for example, there are associated unconscious, entangled waveforms that remain in my psyche. The manifest waveform in my consciousness might be the spiral symbol, but it might not. In our circumstances, it was the spiral symbol that manifest. I received the symbol through decoherence of the waveform, which in turn made the symbol readily available/activated to my colleague, but not yet conscious. Activation means that an entangled waveform remains cohered in the unconscious quantum level but is associated with a decohered waveform in consciousness. This differs from occurrences of both waveforms simultaneously decohering.
When my colleague read about the spiral symbol, that manifest in my consciousness, the energetic impact of the symbol was immediately experienced by her. That is, the applicability to my colleague’s paper and the connection between the two of us was experienced through the activated symbol for her and the manifest symbol for me.
There appears to be a difference between manifest and activated content. Manifest content is the result of a measurement or decoherence. Activation is the result of two entangled waveforms at the quantum/unconscious level with the measurement of one waveform which manifests in Newtonian reality, or consciousness, while the other remains unmeasured and at the quantum level. For the unmeasured waveform, a connection to the manifest content remains.
This appears to describe memory functions as well. The memory retrieval process involves the manifest content being consciously utilized in some manner, which in turn immediately affects the entangled waveform. This affect can manifest the activated memory that exists at the quantum level as a thought, an emotion, a vision, etc. Finally, the conscious manifestation of the activated waveform is temporary; in other words, it doesn’t remain conscious for an indefinite period of time but returns from a temporary conscious manifest state to an unconscious entangled waveform at the quantum level. This is analogous to David Bohm’s (1983) description of particles coming and going, moving from the implicate order to the explicate order and back into the implicate order.
Another means of rediscovering psyche due to a paradigm shift, a shift in understanding structure and correspondences, is a multidimensional structure of psyche.
We live in a four-dimensional reality, or so we believe. Einstein was instrumental in discovering the fourth dimension which combines time and space into an intricate fabric of space-time, or the holism of time and space.
Prior to the discovery of the fourth dimension, reality was thought to be comprised of three dimensions, however, if we consider the three metrics of three dimensional space–length, width and height, we note that only solid objects are defined. A quick reflection on human reality informs us that much more than solid objects exist. After all, humans move, think, emote, create, relate, and so forth. Clearly, there is much more to human nature than the static, solid objects of three-dimensional space.
At the next lower spatial dimension, or two-dimensional space, the metrics length and width are used to define a plane. It is difficult to truly find a two-dimensional object in our four dimensional reality. Almost every, or maybe every, plane we can touch includes a dimension of height. Nonetheless, mathematically, a two dimensional plane exists as part of spatial reality.
This is true for a one dimensional object as well. The metric for one spatial dimension is simply length. The object is a line, but once again an actual line of one dimension is not something we encounter in our four dimensional reality.
Finally, there is the zero dimension. This label is almost ominous and certainly introduces a mystery of sorts. The zero dimension is considered devoid of length or width, or height. The object is a point, but, once again, finding an actual point in our four dimensional reality is next to impossible as well, but the mathematics to support this object and the one and two dimensional objects are clear.
The zero, first, second and third dimensions are mathematically sound spatial objects comprised of spatial dimensions. As stated earlier, human reality is certainly more than these few spatial dimensions. It is within the fourth dimension that we begin to meet the human condition, but to encounter more of the complete human condition we must investigate higher dimensions than four.
The Fourth Dimension
The fourth dimension is the interweaving of the metrics time and space. This produces something other than the solid objects found in the third dimension. The mathematics that helps us determine higher level dimensional objects can be paraphrased in terms of a series of objects. To understand a four dimensional object; therefore, it is necessary to construct a series of a three dimensional objects. The fourth dimensional object introduces the first dynamic quality of human nature because it embodies space-time. Einstein referred to the fourth dimensional object as an event. Described in words, it is a three dimensional object moving through space and time.
Although the fourth dimension is the first dimension that involves time and a dynamic, rather than a static condition, the human psyche expresses much more than that of a physical body/object moving through space and time. It is rich in expression and influence with many different contents: thoughts, creativity, symbols, visualizations, myths, emotions, fantasy, memory, and much more. None of this rich content is part of the lower dimensions; therefore, this psychic content must be found in higher dimensions, e.g., fifth, sixth, seventh, and so forth.
As mentioned, although there are mathematical descriptions for determining higher dimensions, the simplest way to investigate content of higher dimensions is to visualize a series of the entities/objects from the previous lower dimension.
The Fifth Dimension
To visualize a fifth dimension content, a series of events, or four dimensional objects, is needed. One entity/object of the fifth dimension is memory. In this dimension, memory can be past or future because time is not a metric or factor of the fifth dimension. For that matter, neither is space, or any spatial dimensions. The question, then, that must be asked is: What is in between past and future memories? It appears the answer is the present. The content of the fifth dimension can be described as: memory (past events), present sensory experiences and precognitive sensory experiences (future memory). This content is comprised of mental events without consciousness. There isn’t any consciousness at this level of the psyche, or any of the previous levels. Although memory at this level is not conscious, it must become conscious to be known. This sounds very similar to the activated memory discussed at the quantum level when memory is activated due to entanglement with another waveform that decohered in consciousness. A mental event is considered the metric for this dimension.
The Sixth Dimension
The sixth dimension is a series of fifth dimensional entities/objects. This is nothing less than a series of memories (past and future) and present sensory experiences. The sixth dimensional content is rather full of varied psychic entities/objects. Some of the content includes: abstractions, thoughts, preconscious/rudimentary consciousness – a sense of knowing what something is, intuition, habits, a sensory function, interests, desires, basic fears, ego tendencies, basic cognitive conceptualizations, blind acts of “will,” basic likes and dislikes, and more. In general, the sixth dimensional contents are mental representations or intellectual and dynamic tendencies. For the sake of simplicity, sixth dimensional content is limited in description in this paper. Full consciousness and a sense of self are not included in this content. Nonetheless, the intuitive function of this dimension is directly related to the psychic connection, or the unified field, between me and my colleague during the development of our papers. The sense of intuitively connecting and sharing particular content, which includes intuition but not the symbols, is a function of this level of the psyche.
With respect to quantum physics, the intuitive connectivity can be understood in terms of non-local correspondence. The meaning of correspondence is not communication per se, but an holistic connection between two entities/objects/waveforms. Inherent in this holism is immediate communication — the unity of all “parts,” and one “part” corresponding to all other “parts.” The holism, i.e., the non-local correspondence, and the sixth dimensional intuition, are synonymous.
The very basic form of consciousness is impossible to describe. From multidimensional descriptions, it is likely that each dimension inherently higher than four dimensions, contributes qualities of psychic structure and characteristics associated with consciousness and other psychic elements. A very basic sense of consciousness associated with mental representations would then be imposed on the content of the sixth dimension.
The Seventh Dimension
The critical and relevant seventh dimensional content includes: symbols, a sense of self-knowing — apprehension of the act of knowing, free will, a more functional consciousness associated with self-knowing but, again, not a full consciousness, a thinking function (evaluative), a feeling function (evaluative), and a sense of two-way psychic correspondence. The latter is a further development and understanding of the symbols that surfaced during the development of my paper and my colleague’s paper. As mentioned earlier, I consciously received the symbols but my colleague received an unconscious activated form of the symbol, similar to an activated memory content. This meant that she was primed for the symbol, when I shared it with her. Clearly, this is the beginning of human relationship, which has yet to be mentioned in the first seven dimensions. Emotions are associated with relationships but emotions were only described in the sixth dimension as basic likes and dislikes. In the context of the seventh dimension, emotions are associated with self-knowing; in terms of relationships, this rudimentary emotional tendency is the sense of the knowing self experiencing likes and dislikes. Human relationships are much more complex; therefore, these complexities are yet to be uncovered in this model of the human psyche. Higher dimensions are required to uncover these complexities.
The unconscious psyche includes psychological content that continually influences, interferes and contributes to the conscious psyche. The autobiographical examples reveal the persistent influential unconscious content in daily life. Schizophrenic expression, extreme as it might be, does provide an open door to the unconscious psyche and its contributions. Consciousness is also a psychic content, albeit quite different from the unconscious, but, in fact, extends from the holism of psyche during its formation.
With respect to the quantum and multidimensional representations, consciousness becomes evident in the latter. There is a rudimentary consciousness found in the sixth dimension and a basic self-consciousness described in the seventh dimension. The pertinent question that follows is: How is it that consciousness forms in these dimensions? At this time, the best response is that it doesn’t form. It simply is present at this level of the dimensional holism. In other words, just as the metrics of length and width are simply present at the two dimensional level, mental representations and rudimentary consciousness are the metrics for the sixth dimensional level while intellect, dynamic and self-knowing consciousness are metrics at the seventh dimensional level. The consciousness metrics are different forms of consciousness. This means that any content of the psyche at the level of the sixth and seventh dimensions can potentially be conscious with respect to these different forms. As might be expected, these are not the only higher dimensions with a conscious metric, nor do all higher dimensions include a conscious metric. For the current paper, the conscious metrics of the sixth and seventh levels/dimensions suffice.
An Integrated Quantum and Multidimensional Psyche
When considering psyche with respect to both quantum physics and multidimensional representations, very interesting dynamics occur. At the quantum level there are an infinite number of waveforms. Some of these waveforms entangle with other waveforms and some do not. Quantum theory claims that all the waveforms form a whole with or without entangled waveforms. This holism can be perceived as an infinite spread of waveforms, integrated within the whole of the multidimensional levels. The “two” holisms are one psyche, but discussed as two systems. As seen, a waveform can decohere in consciousness when measurement occurs. Now it is possible to refine this description, utilizing multidimensional representations of psyche.
If a three dimensional measurement occurs, then a waveform decoheres in three dimensional space; yet, we can be conscious of this manifest content due to the various forms of consciousness in the holism of the multidimensional levels. That is, we are conscious of at least the third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh dimensions as a result of the conscious metrics at the sixth and seventh levels. For example, if a three dimensional decoherence manifest as an electron, the conscious metrics, or inherent qualities, at the sixth and seventh dimensions assists us to be conscious of the electron due to the holism of the dimensions; that is, the demarcation between dimensions is not a fixed and hard boundary. Each dimensional content corresponds with all other contents; however, the level of consciousness that developed (in this case the sixth and seventh dimensional levels) can only provide rudimentary conscious experiences for a subset of the whole. The dynamics between entanglement, decoherence and multidimensions provide a deep and new understanding of consciousness and the psyche.
Another critical element concerns the measuring device. An example of a three dimensional measuring “device,” with respect to psyche and the human condition, is the brain and the body. Since there are an infinite number of dimensions, each dimension’s measuring “device” varies. Realistically, each dimension likely includes more than one measuring “device!”
It is now possible to apply the schizophrenic experiences provided above to this new understanding of psyche and consciousness. The potential schizophrenic visions, images, thoughts, and so forth, are waveforms at the quantum level. As described, there are various entanglements between the many waveforms; therefore, there are many entangled waveforms associated with the images, thoughts and hallucinations described in the autobiographies.
There are three ways in which a person suffering from schizophrenia can be understood from the integrated quantum and multidimensional paradigms. The first perspective focuses on the measuring “device.” If a psychic measuring “device” changes, or is modified, then the manifest psychic content is different than the manifest content from an unmodified “device.” The second perspective relates to the development of consciousness. The only conscious metrics presented are associated with the sixth and seventh dimensions; clearly, the development of consciousness means that conscious metrics will eventually be associated with higher dimensions. Since it is a developmental process, it is not an all or nothing scenario; therefore, the conscious metrics of the sixth and seventh dimensions are extending to higher dimensions during the schizophrenic experience. Unfortunately, the process is incomplete due to developmental nature; therefore, the extended metrics are not permanent but fluctuate back and forth, or up and down, the spectrum of dimensions that are involved. In addition, not all higher dimensions with conscious metrics decohere but with schizophrenia, it is likely that some do. Finally, the decohered content of dimensions that are unconscious, higher or lower than the conscious metrics, function just as any other entangled waveforms in which one decoheres and the other waveforms are activated (as in memory and when my colleague and I shared a manifest symbol and its activated, entangled waveform). Typically, the activated waveform is only activated when one of its entangled waveforms decoheres as conscious content. With the schizophrenic experience, however, the activated waveform autonomously becomes conscious. This could be due to an altered measuring “device” in the conscious dimensions or the activated waveform behaving similarly to a memory activated waveform in a single individual.
In this latter case, the schizophrenic individual becomes conscious of various entangled potentials associated with decohered waveforms from higher, unconscious dimensions. Thus, the schizophrenic individual becomes conscious of many psychic contents that normally remain activated in the holism of quantum reality, remaining entangled with higher level decohered waveforms but not decohered in consciousness. In addition, the autonomously decohered activated waveform in consciousness, from various higher and lower level unconscious dimensions, is temporary. The decoherence comes and goes.
An example of an altered measuring “device” was described when Henry heard the trees coaxing him to escape from the hospital. This is an example of a modification of a fifth dimensional measuring “device” occurred. Another example occurred when Andrea saw the white, intense light. This could be a modification of higher level (higher than seven dimensions) measuring “device” that her conscious dimensions registered when an activated waveform popped in and out of the conscious dimensions. Many more examples could be suggested from the above autobiographical accounts from Andrea and Henry.
Schizophrenia – Psyche Revealed
Schizophrenic expressions are symbolic and literal, raw and unfamiliar, powerful and influential. The two books, Henry’s Demons and Autobiography of a Schizophrenic Girl, reveal these expressions and serve to reveal psyche.
Schizophrenia is often understood as the unconscious overwhelming, or taking over, the conscious personality to a great degree. The visions, voices, thoughts, emotions and images are considered symbolic expressions, or psyche’s language. That is how the pioneering giants of psychoanalysis presented their theories and findings concerning schizophrenia when they discovered psyche. There is no reason to contradict this understanding but the paradigm shift can help us extend it to include psyche at the quantum level.
Schizophrenia follows a similar process to memory activation, entangled activated waveforms with consciously manifest content. With schizophrenia, however, it is not the conscious manifestation that influences the unconscious paired entangled waveform but the unconscious entangled waveform that influences the consciously paired manifestation. The activated, and even inactivated waveforms, provide schizophrenic expression with its visions, images, altered thoughts and emotions and, basically, other reality. With this understanding, non-local communication is essentially occurring from the unconscious psyche to consciousness. This statement is not different from traditional views of schizophrenia. The paradigm shift, however, enables us to understand the means to this end in a very different way.
For example, Henry’s visions, directive with a sense of living a privilege existence, are a result of changes in measuring “devices” and the transient (popping in and out) decoherence of a waveform that is entangled with a decohered waveform several dimensions higher than the seventh. The conscious metrics of the associated dimensions understand the transient manifest content as a higher being of self than is otherwise experienced.
When Henry’s paranoia is present, this can be understood as a combination of an emotional and archetypal symbol associated with waveforms that manifest in his conscious dimensions as a result of being entangled with higher level/dimensional decohered content. Of course, there are other entanglements that manifest in the conscious dimensions that are entangled with the archetype and the manifest symbol.
Understanding Angela’s schizophrenic expressions follow the same quantum and multidimensional representations as Henry’s. For example, when Angels saw her friend’s head change size, this is due to a modification in one of Angela’s measuring devices.
Angela’s hatred of all people, and men in particular, can be understood as an emotional content associated with an archetypal symbol which temporarily manifests in the conscious metric dimensions, and that are entangled with higher level decohered content. When Angela experienced objects as more real than people, the conscious metric dimensions extended to the lower dimensions, e.g., the third dimension. As a result, the temporary experience of objects being conscious in a new and different way was Angela’s experience.
Each example presents a rediscovery of psyche from the two new paradigms. Rediscovering psyche from these new perspectives must be understood as a work in progress.
Summary and Conclusions
Rediscovering psyche requires reconnecting to the symbolic language of psyche in all forms of expression. These forms are not only cultural but personal, not only externally relational but internally relational. Understanding psyche’s continual unconscious influences on consciousness and daily life, requires an acceptance of the depth and extension of the psyche beyond the familiar, beyond the four dimensional reality with which we are most conscious.
To move beyond the four dimensional world and rediscover psyche in unfamiliar systems and frameworks, and a new holism, two paradigms were presented – quantum physics and multidimensional representation. The highlighted characteristics, principles and theory of the two paradigms provide new and exciting perspectives on the content of psyche and the effort to rediscover psyche. Continuing to develop these paradigms and corresponding qualities will enhance our comprehension of psyche – its dynamics, structure, holism, influence and content.
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Ken Silvestro received his PhD from the University of Connecticut in the field of Artificial Intelligence. He attended the C. G. Jung Institute of Boston and practices within the beauty of western Montana in his home town of Seeley Lake and the nearby town of Missoula. Past faculty appointments include: Yale University, Bowdoin College, Providence College and the University of Montana. He currently is a faculty member with Union Institute and University and Capella University.