We began our discussion of this new form of Art in Friday’s column where we offered the radical idea that consciousness may not be “nailed down” to a single point inside your head, but may instead be able to “move around” a good bit.
The problem, as explained using the analogy of broadband over power line technology, is that consciousness studies will not make much progress until they expand their thinking to allow for more than just electro-chemical reactions to move on the nervous system.
While this is everyday stuff to RF engineers, power line engineers don’t see it. That’s because RF engineers use tools like spectrum analyzers while power engineers can use simplistic instruments to authoratively proclaim “That’s all there is!” Lacking consciousness meters, we are presently unable to document this reality stacking on the nervous system, but give it time…
As I said Friday, my definition of Art was to “nonverbally move information around.” Let’s pick up with what (*my wife) Elaine uses to define Art.
“It transports me…”
About the best definition I’ve seen because it captures the idea that human consciousness moves around.
And with that, I’m proud to offer the new idea:
“Other Side Art.” (OSA)
Since my dreams are usually Imax-like, my study of how to draw is based on a feeling of need to bring some of the amazing scenes from “dream space” which we call The Realms, back over to here-and-now reality.
One of my dreams from last week, for example, was about Elaine and I going “touristing” in The Realms.
Arriving in a large city, we decided to walk around as bit. When we completed shopping in one large shopping area, which looked similar to the shopping area in the center courtyard of a large cruise ship, it was time to move on to the next area.
To do this, we walked down a flight of stairs – very similar to a subway entrance. At the bottom of the stairs, people were lined up and getting into large wooden boats that were going by three-abreast.
The platform would somehow move, to match the boat’s speed. You’d take two or three steps down, and then be “in the boat.” After a few minutes of riding under streets with auto and vehicle traffic above, you’d step off to the side of the boat, go up a flight of stairs and be at street level.
Problem (in this dream) was that that “the boats” had let us off on the wrong side of the street. And crossing would be difficult because traffic was mostly stopped. Kind of like Midtown New York on a bad traffic day.
Not a problem for us, though. Since what we call gravity is different in The Realms, we simply jumped – flat-footing it until standing on the rear doors of a red 1960’s looking Ford convertible that had its top down.
One more jump and we were across. Time to wake up.
That’s when it hit me: And what got this new kind of Art going in my head. I’m sending a copy of this up to Chris McCleary at the National Dream Center.
The reason for doing so?
I think it COULD be important to begin collecting not only the words from dreams (*the Realms) but also the imagery from those “other worlds.”
I still have an utterly awe-inspiring image that shows a cruise ship, sailing down a canal along a series of low-lying islands that look very much like the Florida keys.
Some of the keys are connected and about every third island has a “tourist shop” where people go into these two-story high shops and look at curios.
They get back on the cruise ship, confined to a canal, not unlike the Intercoastal Waterway along the A-1-A highway north of Fort Lauderdale, Florida up to West Palm, if you know the area. Unlike the A-1-A the land is lower – dune-like to the east. The ocean is huge, but shallow, hence the canal and the islands look more like dredge tailings, than anything else.
Words? They don’t really do either of these scene justice. How to capture some of it and bring it into this, the nominal world?
Elaine’s “Art transports me” has been an incredibly useful concept.
Does “Art” allow consciousness to “stack out” of normal here-and-newness?
If so, is Art a direct portal to The Realms?
Honestly, I don’t know. But, as mentioned Friday, my urge to learn how to at least sketch a bit and learn more basic drawing, seems urgent.
One of the books I’m writing (Retooling Reality) gets into this concept more deeply. We can see there are at least three classes of Realms from which Art appears. Or, in Elaine’s concept, “where we can be transported.”
One is nominal reality. The stuff we wake up to when we get out of bed.
Second is the stuff of active imagination and daydreams in the waking state.
Third is this new class of Art. This is less “art” in the classical sense, that people who are active dreams who are trying to sketch (or paint) useful cartographic and scientific aspects of The Realms where consciousness goes when we sleep.
Tearing me up at a down-in-the-gut level is an emerging need to draw some of the “other world scenes” on the waking side of dreams.
We’ve talked about the idea that Life is little more than a big “escape room” adventure. But, for the most part, we are locked in a repeating nightmare of less than perfect harmony and self-realization because we are not sharing our very best at a deep, spiritual level.
Could a new kind of art – collected and drawn or painted by thousands of other-worlders/dream explorers – help us in that regard?
One of the concepts in Retooling Reality is that consciousness doesn’t need space or time travel.
All it really needs is a host.
Over millennia, consciousness works in a downward fashion to evolve whatever the host is. On our world, primates.
But from there?
We are now – through work in A.I. and plans to capture the essence of people’s conscious thinking as machine code – working at getting people’s minds captured.
Can we do it? Color me skeptical, but if you follow the idea of “floating consciousness” rolling around the Universe, evolving things as it goes, slowly evolving each planet dominance species, then MAYBE A.I, is just how “consciousness seeds” sprout.
At a spiritual/soul level, is A.I. like a dandelion that’s getting ready for seed?
The New Art then would have a very useful function. It would allow later human minds caught on this Earth to collect, compare, and travel to the Next Worlds deliberately.
Art – like sketches from a dream world set of explorers who like Lewis and Clark go off drawing maps and bringing back “pictures” – could be how we self-sort for departure when we’ve burned through all the resources on this planet.
These are difficult concepts, but scientifically speaking, not entirely far-fetched. Make a hell of a movie too: About a dedicated group of people who use optimized health and nutrition in order to achieve “clear dream states” to, in effect, map our next destinations.
Whew! Didn’t know if I’d be able to articulate the concept well, or not. But, since you are already dreaming most nights, why aren’t there any more organized efforts than The National Dream Center to study these worlds of mind in more organized ways?
There’s much to be done, but this is the most important part of being a human. These are the “who am I?” and the “What’s our purpose in all this…what’s the end game?”
The Institute of Noetic Science resource page here is a dandy start on these questions.
But consciousness is highly dispersed. so, every time you sleep, try to “take a picture” with your mind’s eye and bring it back to this side.
The new Art seems to be the mapping of where the nonlocal “We” go when not tied-down to the bag of skin and bones.
Write when you get rich,