“What is below is like that which is above, and what is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing.” ~ Hermes
Benoit Mandelbrot came up with the idea that in geometry there was a different set of rules, another level of complexity which we now know as fractal geometry. Fractal geometry is a design which has self similar properties. Like Russian dolls, going from the smallest to the largest, each mirrored in the next level up.
Once Mandelbrot switched on our awareness to fractals, they were suddenly everywhere in the natural world and they have always been there, hidden in plain sight. Now designers, having become aware of the beauty and intricate wisdom which abounds in nature, are basing their own work on nature’s design.
The truth knocks on the door and you say, “Go away, I’m looking for the truth,” and so it goes away. Puzzling. ~ Robert M. Pirsig
What isn’t so well known I believe is that the systems and processes of the universe are fractal in nature too. A lot of technology humankind has invented is really a reflection of an internal process or a process that occurs naturally in our environment.
The language computers use is the same code that switches our genes on or off, it’s binary. Nanotechnology is really just a reflection of the way viruses work. Carl Sagan hinted that our planet may actually be just a small particle within a much bigger particle and so on. In fact we may even be a conduit for the universe itself.
Your outer world is a merciless reflection of your inner world
Our outer world is a reflection of our inner world, and I don’t just mean in some ‘Law of Attraction’ kind of way. Scientists now believe that we can’t pack anymore neurons into our heads to make us more effective, so the internet has arisen to form a collective brain on the outside. All the time, we are evolving outwards to contribute to the universe by becoming more connected and collaborative.
Before Mandelbrot discovered fractals, we worked within the limits of Euclidean geometry. We’ll call this ‘old geometry’, think triangles and squares and the rules that govern them. Fractal geometry is a whole higher level of complexity. Mandelbrot transformed our knowledge of the world and showed us a higher level of complexity. People didn’t agree with him at first, he had to compete for his new ideas and theories to be accepted before being allowed to take their place within the knowledge base we accept as true today.
Although fractals were always out there and within us, we didn’t see them until we knew what to look for and where. Nature works at the fractal level of complexity if left alone and it’s very efficient. We’re also a part of nature contrary to our ego’s opinion and many of the people who run the world today.
We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein
When I first entered the jungles of Borneo it seemed a scary chaotic place. As I learned from and worked alongside native Ibans, the jungle eventually became a veritable cornucopia of food and beauty. I had transformed and when I did my outer world changed immediately.
A finger pointing in just the right place changed the landscape for me. Where previously I had seen danger I now saw potential.
If you’re looking for answers to some of life’s questions or are at a crossroads in life and are looking for some new direction, know the solutions are already out there in the Universe.
The life you think you’re looking for will probably appear right before your eyes, when you begin to ask the right questions. As Bruce Lee said:
It is like a finger pointing a way to the moon. Don’t concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory.