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                                Supradimensionality Part I 
                                     by Fra. Forovius

          The Quest for Unknown ENNEAD:
          Supradimensionality itself cannot be experienced directly; our
          senses are not equipped for it. We are used to aligning our
          consciousness with the three space dimensions, and these proceed
          along the dimension of time.  Whereas we can move freely in  space, we
          experience the dimension of  time as a continuum that  goes inevitably
          in one direction  - from past to future, with  no return. People often
          lay all  their hopes and  theories on  some new, fourth  or fifth,  or
          whatever,  dimension,  when  they  are  confronted  with  supernatural
          phenomena and ask themselves where it all came from. At the very least
          science fiction novels tend to overstress supradimensions; as a source
          of UFOs, for example,  or of inexhaustible energy sources  and similar
          things.  In  this article  I  would  like to  try  out  a little  mind
          experiment with you to see if we might get a feeling for what it could
          be like if a gate opens to other dimensions. Let`s take a look:

          In answering the question  about the meaning of the  word "dimension",
          we  should leave  out all  overburdened explanations,  be it  SciFi or
          traditional mathematics. Mathematics is a perfect symbolic language(!)
          for  the  relationships  of numbers  and  quantities,  as  it is  very
          accurate and gives exact  results where normal language gives  up. But
          not everything is  true that can be proven by  mathematics, it is just
          conclusive. Let`s use our imagination first...

          For the  following we begin at  the simplest point. Try  to experience
          your surroundings as  a one-dimensional  being. You can  use all  your
          senses  as in  hot/cold, hard/soft,  light/dark, silent/loud.  You can
          move only along one  line in one direction - forward. So,  now you are
          sitting in your easy-chair and start to  move as a tiny speck of dust.
          At  first the world is soft and  comfortable; the room`s center gets a
          bit more cool,  although light;  then, at  the wall,  it is  extremely
          hard, dark  and uncomfortable, and so on. For every section of the way
          you  have  gone you  have  a single,  irreversible  impression. Sounds
          familiar doesn`t  it, like we think  of the "eternal flow  of time and
          aeons". But let`s steer clear od speculation that would not be apt for
          a speck of dust.

          Resume: when every section of this way has it`s own distinct
          characteristic (not  affectable by time, because  time doesn`t exist),
          it is inconceivable  for us that in some places other conditions along
          the same length in same sector may exist, just to the right or left of
          the way. Don`t forget - right/left have not been invented yet!

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          Were it able to move left or right, if only slightly, it might be
          able to experience different conditions on the same spot of its
          one-dimensional  axis (on  a border, a  corner, a  different surface).
          But what lies outside its one-dimensional paradigm is unknowable.  The
          model  for this paradigm is, therefore, that along the dimension there
          can only be one condition at one spot.
          Let`s shift now to  a 2-dimensional paradigm. Now the  first dimension
          and the 2nd can  be used, and  the room presents itself  to us like  a
          section  with an  even surface.  Along the  first dimension  there are
          still  the same  conditions as  before, but  to the  side (left/right)
          there are some more.

          The model is changed as follows: along dimension 1 (length) there
          can  be different conditions, but  at different levels  of dimension 2
          (width).  This new being acts in a  more familiar manner as, like maps
          for example, it orients itself according to a horizontal and
          vertical axis.

          You can guess  how the riddle continues.  We learn to move  or grow up
          and  down. Now different conditions  are possible on  the same surface
          coordinates but at different  heights and depths. In the  new paradigm
          there is only one condition at one point in space.

          Finally, we  shift to our normal  paradigm by adding time.  We can now
          observe different conditions at  the same point of space  at different
          times, and can formulate the paradigm as follows: At the same point in
          space only  one object  can exist  at the  same time.  This is  a long
          established model of physics,  matching perfectly our mechanical world
          and our senses.

          In this mental experiment we have learned 2 things:

          1,  Moving along a dimension,  one can recognize  differences. This is
          the characteristic of a dimension, not its definition.
          2, After  each shift to the  next dimension, the model  (dogma) of the
          preceding one is superseded. Generally, the most recent dimension is a
          continuum, ie., a  dimension that goes irreversible  in one direction.
          Our own paradigm model  consists of the (old)  3 space dimension  plus
          the (new)  time as  a  continuum. How  could a  world  look like  that
          contains one dimension more, the  fifth one, called "E" or Ennead  for
          example?  (I  think Ennead  is an  expression  from a  science fiction
          novel,  but the  Ancient Egyptians  had a  similar expression  for the
          place where all possibilities exist that  don`t exist here;  or  where
          all the possibilities manifest that are kept by us from manifesting in
          this world here.)

          You can construct the new model dogma by yourself: at one and the
          same point of space and time there CAN be different conditions
          (objects, colors, temperatures...), but at a different Ennead(!!).

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          BUT: at the same point  of space at the same time and Ennead, there is
          again  only  one  condition  (object  etc.)  possible! This  game  can
          theoretically  be  continued  forever, but  soon  gets  uninteresting,
          because everything becomes far-fetched.

          The step to  the next  dimension implies  several interesting  changes
          - first of all it calls for the parallel existence of different
          things and events, side-by-side and at the same spot of the
          space/time-paradigm. This sounds very much like the sometimes
          incomprehensible reports of mystic experiences, whether from
          contemporary times like the Seth-books, or long ago, like Meister
          Eckhart, Tauler or Seuse. It  is also similar to the picture of  the 4
          worlds of the Kabbala  which exists inside  one another, and it  makes
          certain Egyptian mysteries understandable.
          - it makes a huge number of connections possible that we normally
          would not think of. Numerous events inexplicable by rational
          thinking may have their roots here, because causality is only valid in
          the exact  space/time paradigm  and loses  its ultimate  character the
          moment a new dimension is brought in.
          - most probably, and here all thinking and imagination stops, it
          replaces  the time  continuum with  a ubiquitous time  dimension (like
          length, width and  height in our  paradigm) where  we can move  freely
          forwards and  backwards - but  always at the same  Ennead. Again, this
          dimension shift doesn`t  free us completely, it just  opens a gate and
          makes the next border visible.

          The question about the quality or sense of this new E-dimension
          remains  unanswered. But our familiar dimensions also have no state or
          sense or quality; they just exist and make us  feel that they exist by
          limitations of  our sense of  movement etc. Although  we live in  this
          system, we cannot  give a real definition  of it (should  we really?),
          only some more or  less mathematical explanations. We  just experience
          that  along  a  dimension  something changes.  Dimensions  let  things
          happen. We feel something has changed along a dimension and we measure
          it by looking for  regular changes. We  measure time by observing  the
          regular movements  of the sun and  the earth, but with  no feeling for
          their pure quality.

          Also, a new dimension E would not change our world radically; its
          only effect to our paradigm would be that some additional things
          happened - miraculously side-by-side in time. But as we have no
          sensors for this, it would be totally imperceptible. And should a
          short impression slip  through, it  would be instantly  erased by  our
          mind`s censor. Moreover, if some of us should get to this dimension it
          would  prove  nearly impossible  to explain  it  to others;  having no
          common language, comparisons or symbols for it.

          This mental experiment has done its job, if we have achieved a
          feeling for what supradimensionality could be. Our paradigm is not the
          ultimate possibility, others exist - in between!

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          Other Forms of Existence:

          Anyone used to observing nature from the heart, will have seen
          that it doesn`t like to have  jumps in it; especially when it  is only
          to  be fitted  into an  artificial theoretical  system   of  the human
          brain`s. Therefore, it is  not consequent to assume that  our paradigm
          of a space+time-continuum is  the only valid system. The  motto cannot
          be: "either you are with us in our system, or you are non-existent!"
          - a logical chain that we tend to follow  all too often.  If there are
          more  simple   dimensional  systems,  they  will   surely  have  their
          inhabitants.  However, the  creative amongst  you should  refrain from
          designing flat monsters  for a 2-dimensional  world now. As  explained
          before, this all exists in our world, one in the other!

          Again a  little mental experiment may  show us the  way. Let`s imagine
          the following:
          1, We put away all conditions related to the last dimension, the
          continuum. At  the same  time the  last-but-one dimension becomes  the
          continuum  automatically,  as  explained   before,  because  the  last
          dimension  always  is a  continuum (!!).  It  is interesting  that our
          time-continuum  physically is  related only  to movement,  which means
          that  everything able  to move  freely can experience  time.(As stated
          here, the gift  that our space+time  paradigm gives  to us is  motion.
          Now, in Ancient Egypt, a very important symbol was  the Ankh, meanings
          originally  a sandal`s belt (scientists  say). So, the  meaning of the
          respective  hieroglyph means "TO  WALK". On Egyptian  pictures, when a
          GOD gives life  to a HUMAN  he hands an ANKH  to him, i.e.  giving him
          LIFE = TO WALK = MOVEMENT.)
          So we  ignore everything that has  to do   with motion. And  the space
          becomes continuum.
          2,  We look for forms  of existing lacking  exactly that last paradigm
          element, ie., (in our case) time and movement.
          That means we  are looking for something that fulfills  the picture of
          this reduced paradigm. In our previous example: something that
          doesn`t move, but spreads in space continuously and irreversibly.
          Just let the picture grow before thinking further; that`s it -
          GROWING! Anything that grows steadily and cannot shrink

          We may think of  plants growing, clouds rising, micro-organism,  fungi
          etc. For  example, a tree  starts from  an exact point  in space  (the
          seed)  and spreads evenly according to a distinct blueprint. Its size,
          especially the section rings  of its stem, correlate exactly  with its
          age;  that  means spatial  growing and  age  match exactly.  It cannot
          shrink definitely; it  is able to  drop leaves  or branches, but  they
          soon grow  back to make it fill  the same space occupied  before.  The
          process  of spatial growth is irreversible. A harrowing thought - most
          probably we "grow" through time  in the same manner! Maybe,  even like
          some  herbs or  grass that  die off in  Autumn and  grow again  in the
          Spring - a picturesque allegory of death and rebirth!

          For our next example we again take one dimension less. Now there is no
          free  (active) motion  and no  growth in space.  The continuum  is the
          surface. A  much more  tricky paradigm.  Something existing here  must
          have the tendency  to spread in surface as much  as possible and never
          contract  again deliberately.  Hmmm..  what`s the  biggest surface  on
          earth? Of course, water! Water, as a liquid, can be  formed freely, as
          it has no fixed form and will mould itself to fit any surface.  But it

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          cannot  be  compressed, and  has  the tendency  to fill  a  space from
          beneath with  the maximum of even  surface at the same  time. The gain
          with  this form  of existence is  in the  changeability of  form - its
          flexibility and adaptability. The  picture for this is the  ocean, the
          river, or organisms like lichens which exist in clumps or patches.

          Our  next move is  one more step  towards reduction  of existence. Now
          there  is no area  and no spreading  over a surface.  The continuum is
          dimension  1, the line, and everything else is fixed. In this paradigm
          all solid objects exist. Changes, if  any, are only allowed along  one
          line and  are irreversible as in  falling towards a center  of gravity
          for  example, or rolling down a slope.  This dimension 1 does not have
          to  be a  straight line,  but is  the most efficient  and best  way of
          coming nearer to the center of attraction. Irreversible.

          It`s interesting to see  that we humans still align our orientation in
          space  according to these same systems as described. The vertical line
          is  a  solid object  hanging  down,  the  plumb-rule;  the  horizontal
          surface, the level, is adjusted  by hydrostatic balance (with water!).
          And the  only  independent (ie.,  not geodetic)  system for  measuring
          height is an instrument derived from a barometer (the
          altigraph), which works on the basis of the expansion and reduction of
          a specific gas volume in a sealed shell.

          These thoughts  are certainly a  little bit hard  to chew on,  but I`m
          sure they give enough themes for meditation.

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          Here`s  an example for a  simple meditation; freestyle  of course. Get
          yourself  into  a  trance-journey  somehow.  You  may use  a  shamanic
          technique or jump through a Tattwa sign or whatever you prefer and are
          best used to. Let`s take the  water element for example.  According to
          classical technique,  you imagine  the horizontal  syrinx sign  and go
          through  it (but in silver and not in  green as usual when you want to
          explore the  water world) and become  the water yourself.   Try to let
          the feeling flow  freely. Flow  down, spread, split  into drops  while
          breaking on a stone that lies in the water way; flow down as a torrent
          etc.; trickle to the ground; evaporate  to the sky;  experience  total
          passivity in the  respect of  controlled growth or  active motion.  Be
          totally  passive!  It  is  important  to  collect  oneself  after this
          meditation  and   perform  a  thorough  earthing.   This  exercise  is
          comparatively easy with the water element. It is also possible with  a
          3-dimensional system (plant or  cloud), but more complicated,  or with
          1-dimensional  system (solid object), but the latter takes a long time
          in my experience.

          The purpose of this exercise is to get a feeling for the structure and
          physical  reality of  other dimensional  existence and  their relation
          with other systems, and to comprehend that these need not be projected
          to distant universes,  but really exist in our world  and that we meet
          them every day.

          For people dealing with magic it is of immense value to get the
          right feeling of the existence of one universe in the other, and to be
          able  to shift  from a  low dimensional  system to  a supradimensional
          system and vice versa. This is because we face many phenomena reaching
          into our paradigm from other systems. For  example, severe distortions
          of  reality go  hand-in-hand  with  deep  trance, (lucid)  dreams  and
          precognition. These  all make our  reality and our  normal environment
          appear  more or less different  from normal experience:   for example,
          when  we experience our home in dream  reality or on a mental journey,
          the table in the room isn`t where it normally used to  be or maybe the
          window  is on another wall and  looks into a different landscape etc..
          All this is due to distortions along the 5th dimension  (the Ennead as
          I named it provisionally).

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          Let`s continue our little mental experiment, but this time in the
          forward direction. At first we see no differences, when we go from our
          paradigm to a  4+1 dimensional system. Obviously we  have no sense and
          no feeling for what`s happening when we go beyond our 3+1 (space+time)
          system. So  the new mental experiment leads nowhere.  It`s worth it to
          demonstrate that no practical model comes  from mental speculations in
          this direction. But we can derive a description from our "experiences"
          with  low-dimensional systems.  Keeping the last paradigms in mind and
          adding  a new dimension, the Ennead, we can formulate the new paradigm
          by same method as follows:

          "At the same place in space at the same time there ARE different
          conditions possible at different E-dimensions."

          Exactly  like the  addition of a  "new" time-dimension to  the old 2+1
          (area+space) paradigm makes free movement possible for the first time,
          so also the addition of a new dimension E to our 3+1 paradigm makes it
          possible (at least theoretically) for the following to exist:
          - the one-inside-the-other-existence of different entities and
          - parallel worlds
          - events occurring simultaneously in time
          - time travel (forward and backwards).

          The key  to all this seems  to be the existence  of "parallel worlds",
          and I want to take  a little look into how our ability  to distinguish
          objects function. If different  things exist on the  same spot at  the
          same time this implies that the  same things exist in different worlds
          (systems,  universes etc., it`s  all the  same!). The  explanation for
          this you will find in the section Other Forms of Existence. Things are
          distinguishable for  us by their presence (POSITION in space+time) and
          their QUALITY  (that we  check by our  senses). They are  different if
          they  have different position and/or  quality. Example: sheep  A is as
          dull as sheep B, looks the  same, sounds the same, smells the same.  I
          know  they are  different  as one  stands  beside  the other  (ie.  at
          different positions at the same time). If there are enough sheep  that
          are so  similar and  they  run among  each  other, I  can  distinguish
          nothing. That  is unless I mark  them to make them  look different; or
          one  has changed its appearance, by having been sheared, for instance.
          Then it looks different at a different time,  but still is essentially
          the same. In  all these cases  we orient according to  differences and
          coherence of existence,
          and not very reliably at that.  I want to show with this  shaggy sheep
          tale that  the question  of continuous existence  throughout different
          positions  and  qualities is  not  easily resolved,  and  therefore we
          should  be carefully before we discount all talk of "double existence,
          parallel worlds etc.".

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          Existence is hard to imagine and contradicts with experience and
          commonsense  unless we postulate  the existence of  parallel worlds in
          which all possibilities at least potential exist. But only one
          possibility becomes  reality. By taking  this thought further,  we see
          that  all these parallel worlds contain the possibilities of life, and
          we move  through all  this, making  reality out  of one  of them  - by
          DECISION or free  will, call it  as you like.  A picture that we  also
          find in some of Castaneda`s books.

          The question remains unanswered is:  What makes these parallel  worlds
          manifest  (ie. how  often do  "I" exist)  or just  remain hypothetical
          assumptions. But this is without importance for us at the moment. In a
          simple  and subjective  way, only  that which  we experience  actually
          manifests.  For me  it  appears  dimly that  out  of Ennead  only  the
          parallel worlds  through which we  pass by our  subjective experience,
          our  acting and our reality  become reality and  sharply outlined. All
          else remains dim  and unreal but  may be experienced  by others -  who
          knows? This is  similar to a widespread network of  rails in a railway
          shunting  station, with  numerous railtracks  linked by  switches, but
          only ONE track being used by a train. The switches stand for important
          decisions which open  this or that way. According to  our decisions we
          pass a  track leading more "up" or "down", more "ahead" or "back" (all
          seen from Ennead), or we just shuttle back and forth in the middle. To
          help to understand this we can look at certain games, like chess, that
          show how  the chain of events  is predetermined by  decisions that lie
          far back in  the past. By  playing chess you  can get  an idea of  the
          reality of fate, and that some errors taken in the past can  hardly be
          set right whilst some may  easily be. These causal chains may  be very
          long in any case.

          The previously described Ennead system could work in a similar
          fashion  to this: exactly like  our space+time paradigm  enables us to
          move,  so the jump into the space/time+ennead paradigm opens the gates
          to potentiality  and its  network of connections.  Although we  cannot
          take part  in this because of  our limited senses, and  we cannot jump
          into the next dimension and its  adherent paradigm, we can take a peek
          behind  the  curtain and  at  least  get a  feeling  for  the kind  of
          interference  therein. It  may  open a  new  view on  things  hitherto
          believed  to be inevitable:  the passing of time,  all our actions and
          interactions, and  on fate  itself. Are  we just  "programmed" towards
          another  target or direction, that  can only be  seen from above, from
          Ennead, from  the next  dimension? Do  we "move"  in  Ennead with  our
          decisions (and  this implies things like  character, mental attitudes,
          views and opinions, by which we decide on this or that way)?

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          However, for a  being fixed and rooted  in his/its paradigm, there  is
          not  much difference how  it decides. A  root or a  branch can grow in
          this  or that way, and reacts to  certain stimuli like light or water,
          but remains fixed and not suited for free movement. The more simple an
          animal is organized, the more unidirectional its reactions are:
          "lurk  - snap - gorge"  and suchlike. The  (occasionally) more complex
          motivations of  men lead me conclude  that we may be  on the threshold
          before   the  door  to  the  next  paradigm.  (Similar  to  plant-like
          organisms,  corals for example, that  are fixed to  the ground but can
          push out and pull in their tentacles... Hagazussa already?).

          We can "move" in this way - and this is certainly the most noble
          expression of  "do what thou  wilt" and Thelema  - by  influencing our
          position  in  Ennead consciously  and  constantly,  and without  mercy
          giving our decisions a  certain orientation and thereby  "moving" with
          this  through  Ennead  and  the  parallel  worlds.  (If  our  personal
          "thelema" was not a nonsense ie. Choronzon.) I`m sure many of you have
          experienced that  after somebody changed their  attitude and opinions,
          sometimes their  environment also  begins to  change, but  without any
          causal  reasons! Just the right people appear; some lucky (or unlucky)
          opportunities  open up; old friends  seem to withdraw  and appear more
          and more  strange... Maybe a  new parallel  world has opened,  and you
          move in? But besides these speculations and as a last consequence this
          means we bring  all that we face  by our own  decisions, and we  blame
          nobody else  but our own  good selves for  "all the bad luck  and hard
          days we  suffer from". On  the other  hand we are  not responsible  to
          anything/anybody/anygod for all the shit we are in... its our own hard
          way! All that has to do  with character building starts here. Here and
          now and in our own earthbound and mortal life and in our own paradigm,
          we have the  chance to move  in a certain  direction, perhaps "up"  or
          "down"  or maybe  recognized only  from aside/above/from  Ennead. Even
          from the next paradigm maybe. But
          we have the chance NOW. Possibilities are numerous. Let`s use them for
          maximum experience.

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