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Dynamic Symbols II
The Torus, the Vortex, and the Vacuum
Some students may resist the idea of the vortex and the torus, claiming it overly complicates an already abstruse area of research into the hidden laws of spiritual energy and force. To the contrary, these ideas and symbols that we are outlining can, if used properly in meditation, help the student to go beyond the limitations of the lower mind, and explain in practical occult terms a large number of paradoxes and apparent inconsistencies about spiritual energy and force.
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Topological form: 4th dimensional sphere composed of infinite spheres within spheres connected by a torus axis. Image (©1981 Laidlaw/Kodak) on Miquel.com.
The question that cannot be easily answered by the lower mind is: Where does one type of energy begin and another end? Where is the mysterious crossover point between what appears to be two entirely different forces or entities? The dual vortex and toroid are two of the key designs that energy and force will take on the inner planes that prevent resistance or inertia from slowing down or impeding progress.
We will show how motion in its different types, speeds and intensities is the key to the growth and survival of all organisms, be they large or small, that are found on the inner dimensions of spiritual life. Motion is the means through which any organism can adapt, grow, or when its usefulness expires, dissipate back into its primary and inert state.
On the physical plane the vortex, hurricane, or tornado is formed when a low pressure of cool dry air interfaces with hot air, which will make the air twist. Tornadoes form in thunderclouds where strong updrafts of air come close to an unusually strong downdraft. This tends to happen during violent storms, often at cold fronts, where warm air is forced to rise quickly. Tornado, the word itself, comes from the Spanish for thunderstorm, tronada. The strong updrafts leave a low pressure area in the cloud. Air rushes into replace the updrafts and evens out the pressure. Because the updrafts are so strong, the incoming air is all warmer air from below, which strengthens the updrafts even more. As it streams in and up, the air twists the already soaring air into a spinning spiral. Tornadoes form mostly in dry, cold air traveling from the north or west and meeting warm, moist air traveling from the south. As the vortex narrows, it rotates faster and extends higher into the storm.
The Cycle of a Tornado
There is a dynamic in the physical sciences called "conservation of angular momentum" in which any rotating organism will increase speed as its periphery contracts in upon its axis, much like a figure skater who pulls his arms into the torso to increase rotating speed. As this contraction occurs and speed increases there is a dynamo effect in which the rotating life begins to generate and discharge increasingly potent forms of heat, light, sound and electrical magnetism, which by law will affect all organisms within its vicinity.
Technically this is what happens when fohat/will of the monad breathes forth creating the causal sheath which quickly becomes grounded in a fast moving rotating mass of mental substance imbued with love, will, and ahamkara. The egoic bodies glow partially because they are composed of fiery devic life that has been impulsed from the higher monadic levels, and partially because the will aspect meets resistance from the lower grades of devic and elemental substance. Light emerges out of occult friction. This is why the fourth ray when viewed macrocosmically can be considered for the short term the most luminous of all the rays from humanity's standpoint. For it is here at this place of meeting, where the upper triad or formless levels meet the lower triad or the more concrete levels that the fourth ray is fanned into luminous brilliance.
In our description of the tornado previously outlined two different linear forces on the material plane meet and interact. In the inner spiritual dimensions they gain their speed or momentum from an interaction with other similar forces as well as stimulation that is felt to "well up from within themselves," from another higher dimension. The idea of multiple concentric spheres welling up literally from within themselves is a curious idea we shall explore through this commentary in greater detail. The creation of the spiritual vortex or toroid may be the result of (a) different types of energies and forces interacting and seeking equilibrium from the tension of opposites, or (b) is the result of the application of the will by some spiritual life upon another organism, or (c) the response of a greater organism invoked by a lesser life, coming to its aid.
Each group of devas and elemental lives on the inner planes has its own unique signature — its own unique rotation, speed, color, and sound. All motion on the inner planes in its wide variety is often the result of some type of devic life that is following out the will of some entity greater than itself. When the lower grades of devic and elemental life meet the fiery devas of the higher planes, because of their incompatibility it causes great disturbances in the ethers and within the different sheaths of the human constitution, since this is the raw material of which they are fashioned and through which they are energized.
Animation of the Karman vortex street, a term in fluid dynamics for a repeating pattern of swirling vortices. See the Wikipedia Article.
If two or more different types of energy cross or meet, and they are not compatible or sympathetic with each other, they will begin to turn upon each other in a rotating and spiral motion. This toroidal form or rolling will continue until one absorbs and cancels the other out, or they become so equally balanced the rotating can go on indefinitely for a long cycle of time.
The vortex motion is like a fast moving generator, and when the current between the two opposite poles becomes too great, the walls of the vortex are spanned by great and powerful electrical discharges that whirl into the spherical shape.
The toroidal form is caused by some initiating energy meeting resistance from another force that causes it to curl back upon itself into concentric circular sheaths or waves. What can be visually seen in simple flows of air or water can equally be applied on magnetic, atomic, and subatomic levels.
From studying the fluid dynamics of water flows in nature we can see that as a toroid is formed it begins rotating in a certain direction, and when the drag or inertia is sufficient it will begin rotating back in the opposite direction. This alternating curling or whirl-pooling from the right to left and then back again from left to right reciprocally is one of the key ways energy dissipates or slows down.
On the inner planes this principle may be modified by certain differences, one of the key differences being that when a torus or helical circulating ring is formed it can maintain its integrity and power, because it is stimulated from within and rolls back upon itself like a continuous smoke ring. This rotating circular motion can keep even the most tenuous and ethereal torus alive and vital for a number of important reasons. One of the reasons for its continuous motion is that this unit of life is being stimulated by the impact of interior sound and light.
Buckminster Fuller demonstrated another important reason back in the 1960s when he discovered that the sphere or geodesic dome is the strongest known structure of design for any form, because it has no surface that can cause drag or inertia. Occultly we see that there are no sides or planes to a toroid or sphere that are vulnerable to entry by any foreign or negative forces. The sphere design is clearly a powerful shape that has a 360-degree shield. On the lower subplanes where rotation is slower and light and radiatory capacity diminished these occult forms are strengthened by an interconnecting grid of triangles of lighted substance.
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This circular motion goes on alternately back and forth until either the original impulse has been neutralized by the secondary energy (inertia) or the primary force is sufficiently strong enough to impose a new and greater rhythm on a lesser force or energy.
Applying this concept to the inner worlds of energy and force we see that the forces of maya cannot neutralize or diminish those higher occult forms that are spherical or toroidal in nature and have all of their numerous points of light or triangles tightly connected.
If there is strength in size and numbers to every mundane living organism on the physical plane, this can equally be seen in the inner dimensions where strength is also derived by uniformity of shape and the speed of motion at which these inner lives circulate or travel. Like a gyroscope or top, the faster an organism spins on its axis on the inner planes, the more dynamic and stable its path of projection.
This will become an important consideration when we compare the three types of motion — rotary, spiral-cyclical, and progressive — that characterize all spiritual lives. It is here in the comprehension of the sphere or toroid, and how these rotating forms are built or stabilized through the science of triangles, that we find their most esoteric application. The sphere and the toroid are the most perfect dynamic forms esoterically because they can nest or fuse with all other rotating and cylindrical lives on the inner planes with the least resistance and least expenditure of energy. The forces of maya cannot violate the integrity of a tightly knit web or toroid of lighted substance that is rotating at high speed.
Let us give a practical example of these truths in the words of the "Old Commentary" that DK quotes in reference to the Fifth Cosmic Path.
"The quality which the adept develops as he treads this Path can only be given in the words of the Old Commentary: 'The depression at the northern point permits entrance of that which stabilizes, and acts as the factor of resistance to that which seeketh to deter or to distract.' Perhaps cosmic stability and magnetic equilibrium serve best to convey the necessary idea." (CF:1264)
The "depression at the northern point" is the result of the descent of fohat. It is the impact of this powerful force of spiritual Will that causes the different grades of devic life to rotate and fan out into a spherical shape.
Path V. The Ray Path
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Cosmic Path V. The Ray Path