Multiple Worlds
A holistic model of the multidimensional universe is not complete without addressing the utter immensity, the mindboggling and seemingly hopeless vastness and complexity of it all. If we think that we cannot grasp our physical cosmos with its myriad galaxies and endless space, wait till you hear the rest. Imagine that the cells in your body form a society of living individuals, like a microscopic human society. You are a single cell and you try to understand all of reality. Through some communication you may have a vague idea of the organ in which you dwell. However, to understand the whole body is impossible. This corresponds roughly to our understanding of the physical cosmos. Now realize that your scientists have not even discovered yet that there is a mind associated with the body, your cosmos. Worse yet, there are other body-cosmoses with minds in addition to yours, billions of them. And these live on one relatively insignificant planet, with the entire universe still beyond, with untold galaxies. This may be an apt description of our situation. It demonstrates also why we must not reject the following considerations as unrealistic. What is possible for one holon, the cell, is possible for any holon, including ours. If such conclusion is logical, our common sense is not qualified to reject it just because it is so overwhelming.
Let us revisit our 2Ds. Our crystal has a number of planes with different orientations in 3-D space. The 2Ds of any one plane cannot perceive any of the other planes, because they lack a sense for a third dimension. The crystal in our example is a rather simple structure. Potentially, there can be an unlimited number of 2-D aspects of the same 3-D object. Think of a tree. One can take virtually an unlimited number of different (2-D) photos of it. Thus one can create an unlimited number of 2-D aspect/parts of one 3-D whole (HP2). As far as analogies go, it is not possible to find one that explains all holistic situations simultaneously. One must combine mentally the aspect-parts vs. whole relationship of the crystal (HP1-13) with the aspects of the tree. In other words, for an accurate analogy, the photos would have to be organically integrated with the tree (HP6).
So there are potentially an infinite number of parts in the holon of any entity, and there are potentially an infinite number of worlds in the holon of any higher order world. Inhabitants of a lower order world do not perceive the fellow-worlds of the same order, as the 2Ds in one crystal plane don't see the other planes. In the same manner, we do not perceive the other 3-D worlds. They are differently oriented in 4-D space. Higher order M-D worlds are even much more diversified. The 4-D world to which we and other worlds belong is itself only one of many. There are potentially a limitless number of 4-D worlds, each one having a limitless number of 3-D worlds, and so on up the M-D hierarchy. All-Entity has an infinite number of sub-entity worlds at all order levels, spreading out into more and more diversification at lower orders.
Another analogy may help to visualize this situation. As mentioned in Section 3, white light contains a range of colors. It is possible to choose different colors from pure white light, corresponding to the infinite number of electromagnetic wave frequencies that comprise white light. So in the world of colors, the single whole, white, potentially spawns an infinite number of "color worlds". This concept applies to every holon on all M-D order levels.
The multiple world concept is not just an unrealistic play with thoughts. Quantum physicists are beginning to believe that this is a correct interpretation of their quantum mathematics. The subject was first seriously addressed in 1950 by Hugh Everett who explored the concept mathematically (96)(97)(98). It appears that multiple worlds are just as real as ours, even though they are invisible to us. As John Gribbin says: "It sounds like science fiction, but it goes far deeper than any science fiction, and it is based on impeccable mathematical equations . . ."(99). The only reason why some physicists have difficulty to accept this is that it goes against their common sense.
We have so much trouble to accept the immensity of multiple worlds because we imagine them as separate. In reality, they are aspects of one whole. In M-D reality there are ultimately no separate entities, there is only one single All-Entity. Our common sense may not be able to cope with the vastness of the M-D universe, but the consoling thought is that our inner psyche can do so. We can trust that it can deal with this because in its deepest immanence it is identical with All-Entity. We can compare this with an individual within a nation. As a single person we could feel hopelessly insignificant, given the total population of the country. Yet, with some spirit of patriotism it can be even uplifting to be part of a great nation. We can adopt a similar attitude towards the entire universe and feel very good about it.
Holistic logic provides some insight into the creation of the worlds, ours and others. The camera in our tree analogy stands for a consciousness that perceives a 2-D aspect of the 3-D whole. It is the act of taking the picture, of paying attention to an aspect, which makes that aspect real as a 2-D entity. In a holon, the potential aspects of the whole become real in the lower order because some consciousness perceives them. If nobody looks at a particular aspect of a 3-D object, that aspect does not exist as a 2-D entity. By the same token, if nobody looks at a 3-D aspect of a 4-D object, that aspect does not exist as an entity in our 3-D world. It is the restricted consciousness that creates entities at its order level out of the unlimited aspects of the transcendent whole. As John Gribbin says: "nothing is real unless we look at it" (100). This is true for the reality that we experience, and we also must assume that it is true for other realities that we don't perceive ourselves. The different realities are "created" by their inhabitants because they look at different aspects of the same transcendent whole. The term "real" means here what is real for us, real in our order. The transcendent whole has always been and still is real, more profoundly real in its own domain (HP7). The multiple world idea is really analog to multiple selves. Holons have the same structure throughout the universe (HP12). We may assume that our multiple selves live in different multiple worlds, not just in different time periods.
The multiple-world view of holistic thinking means that we constantly pick our own reality from an unlimited reservoir of existing probabilities that are already real in the multidimensional environment. Our own reality depends on how we approach the greater, invisible reality around and within us, which aspects we focus on, individually and as a society. It is as if we all wear tinted glasses, each person a different color. We all look at the same objects in M-D space bathed in white light. However, each one of us sees the same world with a different color. We hardly realize this, because we are so used to our own color. Some people see the world in a depressing blue, while others in a cheerful pink. Certain items are not even seen at all by some but by others, because our colored glasses filter out certain aspects. Assuming for a moment that there are enough colors (which is true in terms of psychological diversity), there are as many different worlds as there are people, each picking his or her unique aspect of the M-D world. To change our world, we must change the color of our own glasses. Preferably we want to increase the color range until we see white light. So we want to increase the range of our consciousness. As we do away with the limitations of our mindset, we automatically act more in tune with the greater reality in which we reside. Our world becomes more desirable for us as well as for others. "You create your own reality", this is the message repeated tirelessly by Seth in Jane Roberts' books. He explains in enlightening detail how we can change our lives by changing our beliefs (101). In fact, Seth's entire philosophy dovetails coherently with the holistic system described here. To this writer this is one of the indications of Seth's authenticity. Without the Seth material, the Multiple World section and some other parts of this paper would not have been written with the same confidence. The Seth books provide a wealth of information for the serious student of M-D reality. Philosophers have suggested multiple worlds in the past. Spinoza, for instance, said that God has an infinite number of attributes, of which humans perceive only two: physical extension and thought, humans being themselves of a physical and mental nature (102). Gottfied Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716) postulated that ours is the "best of all possible worlds" (103).

The holistic hierarchy described here is reminiscent of Leibniz's system of monads, which are basically spiritual, psychic entities positioned in a metaphysical hierarchy (104). The higher a monad is positioned, the more it represents the reality of the universe, each from its own perspective. There is an all-encompassing supreme monad: God. "The source of mechanics lies in meta-physics", according to Leibniz. He pointed out that the whole overall system is totally homogeneous, without discrete steps. The interaction between monads at different levels, such as the soul and the body, is due to a harmony preestablished by God, according to Leibniz.
There are two types of causality. We are used to the type confined to space and time: if certain conditions exist and certain events occur at some time, then these cause another set of conditions and events at a later time. This is the scientific type of reasoning. It deals with parts on the same order level, for instance within our 3-D world. We shall call this type of causal relationship "temporal causation", because time passes between its cause and effect. The maximum speed with which temporal causation can occur is the speed of light, according to Einstein. The other type of causation occurs between wholes and their parts, between dimensional orders (HP10). This type was more perceived by the Greek philosophers (105). We shall call it "holistic causation". In contrast to temporal causation, holistic causation can cause correlated events to appear in our world perfectly simultaneously, giving us the impression that they communicate faster than the speed of light. This is so because one of these events is not the result of another in time and space, but both events are the result of the same "super-event" in M-D space. The super-event may or may not appear simultaneously in our physical world, depending on what aspect of the M-D event we observe, depending on which of the multiple worlds we happen to occupy. Quantum physicists have indeed observed causation with higher speed than light. They call it "superluminal causation". The Aspect experiment mentioned before demonstrated holistic causation. The polarization of one photon changed instantaneously with that of its twin photon.
Holistic causation occurs between the soul and its constituent selves (Sect.4). All selves influence their common soul, and the soul influences all its selves simultaneously, no matter where they happen to appear in time and space. No temporal causation exists between reincarnations, unless they meet in physical life. From the holistic point of view, the prevailing understanding of karma is misleading. Originally it meant the force of creation, wherefrom all things have their life. Later the meaning was distorted to imply fate, caused by one's own actions in former incarnations. The original meaning represents holistic causation. Apparently, with time people lost this understanding, and the definition of karma deteriorated to the temporal causation version.
Between our inner self and the sum of our body and conscious mind is a constant flux of holistic causation. Carl Jung coined the term "synchronicity" for correlated psychological events that occur coincidentally, although they don't appear to be causally related to each other. Such experiences are not infrequent. For instance one may think of a person and then meet this person by chance, or one receives the news that the person has passed away. Jung referred to an extensive literature on telepathy, extrasensory perception, clairvoyance and similar phenomena in support of the principle of synchronicity (106)(107). Another example of holistic causation are similar experiences that occur frequently to monozygotic twins. They often feel the same physical pain simultaneously, even though they may be separated by great distances. In holistic terms monozygotic twins form one M-D entity.

Aristotle said that happiness is the goal of human nature (108). What does holistic reasoning tell us about reaching this goal? We can say that happiness is a state of harmony within our self and with the world. The state of harmony exists in the whole of a holon (HP5). Therefore we want to identify with the whole that is immanent in us and that unites us with the world: All-Entity. This discussion is not an attempt to coax the reader into a religious conversion. Instead it shows how straightforward, rational holistic logic leads naturally to the key tenets of major world religions.
The highest form of identification between living beings is love. Thus one gains happiness through loving All-Entity. This is exactly what Jesus Christ told us, it is his first commandment (109). One cannot love the whole without loving its parts. So one cannot love All-Entity without loving one's fellow humans. Hence Christ's second commandment, to love one's neighbor as oneself. This message is perceived as a moral demand. Holistic reasoning tells us that it is the logically smart thing to do, smart from an egotistical point of view as well as from an altruistic one. Thus holistic logic transcends opposites. The ten commandments revealed earlier to the Jewish people are in line with the basic commands for love, spelled out in specific detail, as may have been more appropriate at that time.
Hinduism, as mentioned earlier, is based on its ancient Veda scriptures. Its ultimate aim is to identify with the inner "Atman", who is also "Brahman" when perceived as the whole of the universe, our concept of All-Entity. It is the path of mysticism. A step-by-step description of a mystic path towards enlightenment is given in the "Yoga Aphorisms of Patanjali" (110).
Buddha, after his mystical enlightenment, taught that the world of appearances leads us to errors in judgement, with corresponding unpleasant consequences. According to him, no permanent security can be found except in the identification with the ultimate transcendent whole, the "Nirvana". Nirvana cannot be described in words, "because human language is too poor to express the real nature of the Absolute Truth or Ultimate Reality that is Nirvana" (111). Buddhism follows a mystic philosophy similar to Hinduism, with the difference that the ultimate whole does not have the theistic connotation. However, such differences come from the limitations of human perception and do not affect the principle. Ultimate mystic union is sought in the Eastern philosophy-religions through meditation, with a tendency to withdraw from our world of appearances. This aspect of Eastern thought goes against the grain of Western thinking. We see our society as antithesis to introverted withdrawal. However, if meditation is done correctly, it puts us in an intimate contact with the rest of the world, as it must, because the whole world is immanent in us.
Westerners tend to be extroverted and find satisfaction in expressing their inner potentials. This is totally compatible with holistic thinking and akin to the Eastern philosophy of Karma Yoga. In striving for active expression of one's innermost core, one strives ultimately for identification with All-Entity that is immanent in us. The challenge is to clear the channel, one's own psyche, to foster the free flow of the energy, wisdom, and harmony from within. In each type of philosophy, Eastern and Western, the individual is encouraged to overcome the inner blocks and conflicts caused by misunderstanding of true reality. Holistically, both approaches should go together.
Eastern philosophies point out, as did Socrates, that our problems are caused by our lack of understanding, lack of the right kind of knowledge. There is nothing wrong with physical reality. There is only inadequate understanding of the transcendent and immanent laws of nature. A malicious act is born from the misconception that one can gain an advantage by hurting somebody else. If we think and act like this, we emphasize the separation between us and others. This reduces our inner awareness of the harmonious whole that exists between us and others, our source-entity. Focusing on the conflict between sub-entities prevents awareness of the source-entity (HP4&6). Since our source-entity is immanent in us (HP9&10), the conflict blocks our access to our very source of life, health, and harmony. In this quite automatic way, a person can create a "life in hell" for him/herself, without anybody ever passing a judgement. On the other hand, the love that you give unselfishly emerges in your own heart. It is our mindset that creates our type of experience, as described under the Multiple Worlds section. The mindset acts like tinted glasses that impede access to the M-D whole.
This does not mean that every bad experience is due to some malicious intent. Challenging experiences can be important stepping stones for inner growth, set up by the inner self, without us being conscious of it in our daily life. Inner growth toward lasting happiness requires that we face our weaknesses, our conflicting notions that block our way. A firm conscious decision by a person to go the route towards enlightenment permeates the inner self and the soul, as any change of a part does (HP10). The self and the soul then lead the person via intuitions and impulses, perceived by us as our will. Depending on the determination of the individual, this may lead into unexpected challenges. What matters are the lessons learnt, the blocks purged, the consciousness expanded.

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