Miracula Rei Unius

The fifth chapter of Chemical Serpents is titled “Macrocosm and Microcosm”. With my image for the chapter I primarily wanted to explore the chakra system of seven and the system of seven planets as symbolic ladders, connecting the individual with the all via meditation.

Miracula Rei Unius
Miracula Rei Unius © 2012 Janice Duke

Miracula Rei Unius means “miracle of one thing” and is part of a phrase from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, the syncretic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth, said to be the author of the Hermetic Corpus, a series of sacred texts that are the basis of Hermeticism. The full phrase goes: “Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius, et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius, ad perpetranda miracula rei unius”, which means “Whatever is below is similar to that which is above. Through this the marvels of the work of one thing are procured and perfected.”

Our atoms come from the stars, we ourselves are microcosm within macrocosm, and macrocosm with our own microcosms, our bodies containing innumerable life forms, cells and structures, interwoven into larger ecologies. Every fully formed human mind has the capacity to imagine innumerable things and become its own reality, populated with hopes, dreams, beings and worlds, known only to them. We are all, in a certain way, quite miraculous, with the capacity to become more so.

I have found meditation to be a very useful tool in exploring the concept of individuality and the feeling of oneness that this can estrange us from. Having looked within deeply enough, I have come to the strange and paradoxical notion that I am a window through which something else is looking, a mask something else is wearing, an avatar in a game being played. This existential feeling easily falls prey to the concept of infinite regress, but it is an experience, nevertheless. Consciousness seems to be everywhere, looking out through me and trees and cats and birds and stars. Very individual in each manifestation but, ultimately, the expression of something whole.

There are many forms of meditation and maps of consciousness that I make use of for my creative work. Systems such as the chakras and planets can serve as a palette of experience to explore oneself with. Perhaps today I could meditate on Mars or the base chakra and explore my instinct, intensity and raw passion, or Venus, the heart chakra, and explore my capacity for love, harmony, beauty and detachment. These “colours” can be mixed and played with, as they are only a conceptual map of a very real territory there to be experienced.  This kind of self exploration becomes the basis of self knowledge and this forms the most potent source of creativity: a singular and fearlessly genuine perspective.

The authentic expression of an individual who can approach their own perception and imagining honestly and pragmatically, ruthlessly introspective and unfettered by self doubt or fear of the judgement of others, can be a powerful force for the enrichment and liberation of themselves and those in their orbit. A candle flame can light countless others and remain undiminished, the light of each a fractal expression of a greater whole.

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