Satellite Constellation and Crown Chakra as Complementary Global Metaphors?
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 13 Jan 2020
Experimental Representation of Crown Chakra in Virtual Reality
Development of a suggestion in Symbolic Disconnection from the Stars and the Universe? (2019)
13 Jan 2020 – An earlier document focused on the imminent launch into orbit of the Starlink satellite constellation of some 12,500 communication satellites, and especially on their problematic psycho-social and symbolic implications (Symbolic Disconnection from the Stars and the Universe? 2019). There the suggestion was made that there was a potential complementarity in cognitive terms between a dense pattern of satellites orbiting the planetary globe and the pattern of insights represented in the many representations of the crown chakra of Asian tradition. The first is necessarily a “crowning” achievement of collective human initiative; the second is held to be the ultimate achievement of individual human cognitive development.
The concern here is how such distinctive phenomena might be understood as cognitively related — despite being extremely remote and meaningless to most — however all-encompassing they are upheld to be. Especially challenging is the sense in which both constitute contrasting configurations of differences, with the constellation of satellites embodying that in the pattern they form — orientations, orbits, and levels. Curiously complementing those extremes is the strange embodiment of significance in the ultimate symbols of governance and collective identity, such as bejewelled crowns, sceptres and orbs — or more simply as the emblematic pattern on a flag, possibly with stars echoing the configuration of satellites in the heavens. A triadic complementarity?
The question here is whether these three patterns are complementary in any fruitfully meaningful manner. The challenge with respect to a complex constellation of satellites is how this is to be comprehended as a global phenomenon of personal significance. The challenge with respect to the implications of a crown chakra is the kind of insight it offers into integrative globality from an individual perspective and as implied by the symbolic functions of any crown. The earlier discussion noted an intriguing confluence between the geometrical design constraints of such a constellation and those of the sacred geometry with which the crown chakra is necessarily associated. Whether individually or collectively, what is implied cognitively by any such crown (Engaging with Globality through Cognitive Crowns, 2009)?
There are many depictions of the crown chakra — necessarily in two dimensions, and typically as a feature of meditation devices such as the mandala and the rose window. These obviously imply a form of integrative comprehension — necessarily of a “multi-dimensional” nature. There are many depictions of three-dimensional crowns — variously constructed and bejewelled. There is now an opportunity to experiment with representations of the crown chakra in three dimensions, using the animation possibilities offered by widely available virtual reality applications, as previously indicated (Global Coherence by Interrelating Disparate Strategic Patterns Dynamically, 2019). Especially characteristic of such representations are the aesthetic choices — raising the question of how these contribute to integrative comprehension.
The question here is whether the design challenges and opportunities of such representation are suggestive of new ways of thinking about globality in general — whilst at the same time potentially serving to enable a fruitful way of comprehending the dynamics of a dense coalition of satellites orbiting the Earth. What indeed are the symbolic connotations of such disparate global patterns with their various implications as “crowns”? Might they reinforce one another in some way?
The approach taken here follows from earlier exercises in representation in 3D animations of symbols much-valued in their static 2D depictions (Exploring Representation of the Tao in 3D: virtual reality clues to reconciling radical differences, global and otherwise? 2019; 24-fold Pattern Implied by Dynamics of the Lauburu in 3D: visualization of the interplay of sets of voices in discourse, 2016; Comprehension of Requisite Variety via Rotation of the Complex Plane: mutually orthogonal renderings of the Mandelbrot set framing an eightfold way, 2019; Cognitive Implications in 3D of Triadic Symbols Valued in 2D, 2017).
The question here is whether there is some collective cognitive interplay to be fruitfully explored at this time between a global constellation of satellites and traditional symbols such as the Axis Mundi, World Tree (Yggdrasil), and Omphalos — and their reflection in the Sahasrara (crown chakra). How are these integrative patterns echoed in conventional symbols of governance — such as crown, sceptre and orb. The possibilities of dynamic representation in 3D also raise new questions as to their potential cognitive significance, whether collectively or individually.
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