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The Lotus and the Lily: A Book Excerpt
Wouldn't Jung have been thrilled to hear this? As much time as he spent studying the effects of mandalas, he did not know that the mandala is a three-dimensional sphere or that it sends and receives information. This 3-D aspect matters because, Laszlo explains, it means that our intentions, our thoughts, our desires—our mandalas—are not only sparks of information that go out into an information-dense universe, but they also go out as three-dimensional holograms. And those holograms have seemingly magical powers. Laszlo admits this image of information as hologram "boggles the mind," but, he says, it makes perfect sense in a quantum, everything-is connected-to-everything universe. "Through the holograms created in and conveyed by the A-field, things are directly 'in-formed' by the things that are most like them," he says in Science and the Akashic Field.
This means that my mandala—my 3-D sphere hologram—resonates only with other holograms holding similar information, like a tuning fork that vibrates only with tuning forks calibrated to the same pitch. And because this resonation happens in a fluid universe, it can happen very, very fast. "[T]hrough torsion waves in the vacuum the A-field links things and events in the universe at staggering speeds—a billion times the velocity of light," said Laszlo (Science and the Akashic Field). As I read this, I realized my mandala was not only a hologram, but like a hologram, it also moved. It released energy and received energy. It released information and received information. My mandala was alive. It was a wheel. It spun. It moved.
With that level of information, energy, and speed at play, I guess going from bankrupt to bankful in thirty days wasn't such a miracle after all. Nor are all the other stories I've heard from people in my Lotus and the Lily telecourses, who tell me about the intentions on their Intention Mandalas coming to pass practically before the ink is dry.
In light of the magical properties of our quantum universe, Jung's poetic description of a mandala now makes perfect sense. Quoting Goethe's Faust, Jung said the mandala is "Formation, Transformation, Eternal Mind's eternal recreation." I didn't understand this when I first read it, but now I see that when we create our mandala, we form it and, in the process, form ourselves. Then, as we live with it and release its powerful intentions and commitments, we are transformed, and the whole miraculous adventure happens according to the playful laws of Eternal Mind.
There was a woman in the sixteenth century who understood the laws of this Eternal Mind better than any other woman of her time or perhaps any time. In Love Poems from God, Daniel Ladinsky calls St. Teresa of Avila "undoubtedly the most influential female saint in the Western world." These lines from one of her poems, "The Grail," give us a window into her profound understanding of how the world works. It makes you wonder if she saw the universe the way modern science sees the universe.
They are like shy, young school kids—time and space
before the woman and the man who are
intimate with God.
The realized soul can play with this universe
the way a child can a ball.
After spending a few months in deep exploration of the meaning and magic of the mandala, I've reached a few conclusions. As you move through the Lotus and the Lily and make and live with your own mandala, you will reach your own. But for me, the Intention Mandala is
Organic: It comes from within; no one can make one for you.
Creative: It generates, releases, and receives energy, information, and potential.
Alive: It moves, it spins, it connects, it attracts.
Mysterious: You make it, but you don't consciously know what you are making. You use it, but you can't control it. It creates, but you don't really understand how.
Paradoxical: It comes from you, but it is greater than you.
Ancient: It holds truths our ancestors knew millennia ago.
Mystical: It illustrates and holds the union of your small one with the One.