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My mentor, seer Nestor, about seeing the shining structure and the spiritual practice related to it.
From: Mouches Volantes – Eye Floaters. The Shining Structure of Consciousness, p. 281. (source)
Nestor speaks about the light of the consciousness structure that is caused by visual concentration. In every day life, we understand concentration as a careful examination of an object, while other sensory stimuli or thoughts are ignored. That way, we obtain knowledge or become able to solve specific tasks. If we concentrate on our floaters, we realize what that state of consciousness means in terms of energy: The spheres and strings become smaller, but more focused and bright. That indicates that we actually minimize our picture detail, but at the same time intensify it. Nestor calls that procedure “compressing the layers of consciousness,” in which the energy or light that we need to perceive the whole picture compresses on that smaller detail, or on smaller space respectively.
If you want to delve deeper into the mystery of the shining structure, Nestor advises to increase concentration until the floaters light up in every session of open eye meditation. That’s because the seers understand concentration – and its contrary, relaxation – as ways to release the fixation of ourselves on one particular layer of consciousness and become mobile throughout different layers – or states – of consciousness. Visual concentration is the deliberate act of seeing that only allows for movements within a layer. However, together with the building up of energy, concentration leads to ecstatic relaxation, the involuntary, intuitive act of seeing, through which we penetrate the layers of consciousness and fly towards our source and origin.
Tips from the internet as well as readers’ experiences, insights and handlings related to entoptic phenomena.
Sitting and meditating Buddhas in or in front of concentric rings are a common motif in Tibetan Buddhist art. Today, we rather focus on the Buddha and understand the circles around his body or head as an artistic convention, namely halos (aureola, nimbus). Originally, however, these circles could have been inspired by optic and entoptic phenomena perceived by Tibetan yogis and shamans while in altered states of consciousness. In contrast, the Buddhas are more likely to be interpreted as visions or visualizations. Thus, these Tibetan depictions can be understood as a mixture of several subjective visual phenomena, both culture-specific (visions) and culture-independent (optic and entoptic phenomena) (cp. Tausin 2012b). Now, Manu’s point is that the Buddhas seen in thögal practice and in paintings may not only have a purely cultural or traditional background, but an optic or entoptic origin as well.
Three intersecting circles. Source: Manu
With a little imagination, one can actually see the image of a sitting Buddha in the intersections of three circles:
Buddha in the circles’ intersection. Source: FT
idea. But whether such a constellation of spheres actually occurs in
the dynamic seeing of floaters that is long and distinct enough to give
rise to the vision of a Buddha, is beyond my experience and not clear
to me. As always, there is only one way to find out: seeing!
Works of art from different cultures and times that represent entoptic phenomena or could have been inspired by them..
Surmeet’s sketch of an entoptic phenomena that later became “The Blue Dragonfly.
“The Blue Dragonfly” is a painting of the series “Mystique Dialogue.” To Surmeet, painting is indeed a way to enter into dialogue with the mystic, but also with her inner self and her unconscious, and, thus, to learn the deeper meaning of her creative work. This is the final step that sometimes takes days, weeks or months to be fulfilled, if at all.
The Blue Dragonfly, 2010. Oil on canvas, 24x24”
In the case of “The Blue Dragonfly,” Surmeet remembered a touching encounter with a blue dragonfly in a garden. She researched the spiritual meaning of the dragonfly and resonated with a legend of the Native American Zuni that she shares with us here:
in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived
a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived
a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and
interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community
when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad
and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their
friend was dead, gone forever. Then, one day, one little water beetle
felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined
that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends
what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed
out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired,
and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he
slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a
beautiful blue tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body
designed for flying. So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the
beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what
he had never known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends
and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back
to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than
he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.
But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get
back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their
time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So,
he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!“
You will find simillar entoptic pictures in the gallery. Do you have drawings of eye floaters or other entoptic phenomena (flying corpuscles, afterimages etc.)? Do you know of realistic, artistic and religious representations of such appearances? Then send me the picture or give me the tip; I would like to publish it in the newsletter and/or in the gallery.
News from medicine and humanities concerning eye floaters and entoptic phenomena.
For 15 years, research on psychedelic substances gains steam after a forty-year break for political and social reasons. Likewise, this study from Hungary picks up a topic that was researched in the 1960s: the impact of psychedelic substances on human creativity. In contrast to these earlier studies, the authors apply modern research standards to determine psychometric measures of creativity. In addition, they combine creativity research with the archaeological and ethnographic research suggesting entoptic phenomena as a source of inspiration for the visual art of prehistoric or modern tribal societies. Thus, the authors want to find out how human creativity changes through the use of psychedelics, and what role entoptic phenomena play in this creative expression.
For this purpose, 40 individuals completed a creativity test (Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking, TTCT) before and after they participated in a two-week long ayahuasca ceremony (with repeated ingestion of the drink) in Brazil. A comparison group of 21 individuals without psychedelic experience also took the Torrance test twice, two weeks apart, without participating in the ceremony. The test consisted of two visual tasks: Participants were asked to draw as many pictures as possible starting from 35 circles in eight minutes, then to complete ten given abstract shapes in ten minutes. The results were evaluated by two independent observers and according to standardized scoring procedures, namely in terms of three aspects of creativity, “fluency,” “flexibility,” and “originality.” Also, attention was paid to the presence of six frequently mentioned types of entoptic phenomena, namely grids, parallel lines, dots or small spots, zigzag lines, curves, and meandering lines or spirals.
Six types of entoptic phenomena, according to Lewis-Williams und Dowson (1988).
The results of the study show that repeated ayahuasca ingestion has no effect on fluency and flexibility, but it significantly increases the number of highly original solutions. In addition, the ayahuasca participants drawn significantly more entoptic forms after the ceremony than before, and significantly more than the control group. But it also became clear that the psychedelically experienced individuals had a significantly higher tendency to express entoptic forms already before the ayahuasca ceremony, compared to the inexperienced control group.
From a scientific
perspective, the significance of the study is limited, as the authors
acknowledge themselves. From an energetic-ecstatic point of view, however,
the study can be understood as a more general insight into the perception
and interpretation of entoptic phenomena on the basis of consciousness
intensifying practices. The results of the study suggest that
such practices have a long term effect on the visibility of entoptic
phenomena, or on the individual perceptual sensitivity for
such phenomena, respectively. This is evident by the fact that the tendency
to draw entoptic forms already before the ayahuasca ceremony is four
to five times higher in the psychedelically experienced compared to
the control group. This also means that entoptic phenomena are not necessarily
associated with creative abilities. For in contrast to the entoptic
sensitivity, the creativity factors appear to be increased only for
a short time. It follows a new insight: The special significance that
was given to entoptic phenomena by shamans, seers and artists from different
times and cultures, may be based not only on the fact that entoptics
are seen in more intense states of consciousness, but also on the fact
that they influence these individuals’ expression for longer periods,
regardless of the form and quality of that expression.