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Subject: The Connection between Human Physiology and Dimensionality.

Symbol Evocation: The Mystery of Light as Consciousness without the Brilliance.



Rationalized dimensionality above and below the dimensional realm—the dimension that has been defined as “consensus reality”—is the work of the geometer and astronomer Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777–1855), who conceived a higher-dimensional analytic geometry, and the mathematician-physicist Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann (1826–66), who as a student was influenced by Gauss. From 300 BCE to 1854 the third dimension of the ancient Greek geometer Euclid held sway over the spatial imaginations of most of the population of the Western world. Even a mind as brilliant as that possessed by Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) was not immune. The sense of the misplaced absolutism concerning space and time was never challenged with the exception of G. W. Leibniz (1646–1716) until the beginning of the nineteenth century. Then a number of mathematicians began to voice a new direction, such as Nikolai Ivanovich Lobachevsky (1792–1856) and János Bolyai. But it was ultimately Riemann who advanced the concept of dimensionality into an n-dimensional manifold with a metric so as to establish a quantitative rule for assigning lengths to paths. This now meant that one could consider force or energy to be a consequence of geometry, making the laws of nature seem simpler when viewed from the context of a more comprehensive dimensional space. The apotheosis of his thinking resulted in the revolution in physics initiated in the early twentieth century by Albert Einstein (1879–1955), and continues to influence contemporary physics although modified into quantum geometry.

Riemann developed what we currently call “dimensionality.” Since dimensionality in the generic sense means the range over which, or to the degree to which, any entification manifests itself (the process by which something goes from concept to percept and thereby exhibits independent, separate, or self-contained and objective existence), it often became further defined as a series contextual propositions. In other words, it is a language which Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889–1951) considered a weltanschauung or worldview, an idea that was eventually fleshed out by Benjamin Lee Whorf. These ideas have kept dimensionality well within the scope of practical science in which one paradigm becomes either parasitic to or subsumptive of all other paradigms.

The person who moved dimensionality away from the iron grip of traditional mathematics and back to the Ancient Greek concept of fate was Georg Cantor (1845–1918), who, posing as a mathematician (a scientist who abhors the concept of infinity in its abstract and concrete manifestations), sought the realm of actual absolute infinity: the aleph-null number. This was his search for the living presence of the number of elements in the set of all integers that is the smallest transfinite cardinal number, which goes beyond or surpasses any finite number, group, or magnitude. What Cantor was doing was following the learning process of the Kabbalah, which is a search for God from a base of total materialistic skepticism. One of Cantor’s followers, Kurt Gödel (1909–63]) actually attempted to devise mathematical proof of the existence of God. This all leads to the idea that consciousness is embedded within the nature of dimensionality, and that consciousness cannot be defined totally as we experience it in our fourth-dimensional realm of time-solvoid by projecting our definition of consciousness, learned from experience, onto other comprehensive realms. Consciousness presents itself, therefore, as a family of forms—an octave of intelligence of which many aspects cannot be accessed by our human intelligence. The fact that analogy-cum-metaphor is the operation of the imagination means, even if the transfer of the mind is never complete, that aliveness and deadness are terms relative to a dimensional realm.

The association of light with consciousness has a history lost in time. But closer to our time, James Clerk Maxwell (1831–79) discovered in 1856 the relation between light and electricity leading eventually to the theory of the electromagnetic spectrum developed in the early 1930s. From about 1875 forward, the occult vision of dimensionality, akin to the Pythagorean musical scale of infinite extent, was introduced and supported by Maxwell’s discovery. Degrees of consciousness, from almost blinding light to almost total darkness, provide the metaphor for Good to Evil, The Divine to The Demonic, and Life to Death, all as degrees of embodiment. These are the aspects of the entire electromagnetic spectrum, which include what we call visible light–a very small portion of the spectrum. Most of the spectrum is undetectable by our unaided senses, but nevertheless, it contains octaves of energy that separate themselves into individual dimensions.

Today so-called physical light is a metaphor for the position of human consciousness within the total dimensional system for two reasons:

(1) “Physical light” always has its origin in the past, whether or not that origin is a star or a candle;

(2) The “brilliance” that we associate with light exists in nature only in the minds of intelligent conscious life forms, and is not inherent in the nonconscious aspects of nature. The photons which deliver energy to waiting retinae do not “carry” light. If it was the case that they do, the entire universe would be “lit up” all of the time in an isotropic and homogeneous manner, and there would be no “darkness” in the sky.

The symbol for the velocity of light has existed in our contemporary world with the letter C meaning 299,796 + or −4 km/sec. in a vacuum near the earth, or in the open air. Now astrophysicists are discovering there is a type of space that cannot be monitored by any aspects of the electromagnetic spectrum. This is the space where an old star goes when it explodes and dies. This space is distinct from the space of a black hole, only in the sense that the black hole space is an infinitesimal point, infinite in extent, which acts as the background energy plenum of the universe. On earth, these same astrophysicists have discovered a way of slowing down the speed of light to 17 mph by changes of media. They expect very soon to have light to travel at 4 mph. Then everyone will be able to interact directly with light, even the blind, because the energy of the electromagnetic spectrum travels in the human brain at 700 mph.

According to Philip Gibbs in an article entitled “The Symbol for the Speed of Light?”: “it is possible that its use persisted because ‘C’ could stand for ‘celeritas’ and had therefore become a conventional symbol for speed. While there are many physicists who propose an identification between light and consciousness by means of formulae that rival the simplicity and power of Einstein’s famous E = MC². I prefer, therefore, to use ‘C’ to stand for consciousness.”



The Rainbow Serpent. Gagosian, Athens, Greece, 2015. 

Paul Laffoley: The Boston Visionary Cell. Kent Fine Art, New York, 2013.

Paul Laffoley: Time Phase X. Kent Gallery, New York, 2005.

Mind Wide Open. The Chapel of Sacred Mirrors: Cosm, Wappinger Falls, NY, 2005.



Grayson, Richard. Worlds in Collision. Adelaide: Samstag Museum of Art, 2013, ill. p. 74 (color).

Paul Laffoley: Time Phase X. New York: Kent Gallery, 2005, ill. p. 9 (color).