Artful Spirit, Perfumery
Essence of Mind-Body-Spirit
All creation is governed by law. The principles that govern the outer universe, discoverable by scientists, are called natural laws. But subtler laws rule the hidden spiritual planes and the inner realm of consciousness.
Cosmic order and physics are governed by universal principles, called Laws. The traditional Law of Vibration shows us that everything vibrates – everything is energy. Physics says the same. The scientific law of frequency guides the process of manifestation of all matter. Sound and light pattern and re-pattern matter (Gariaev). What we formerly called Vibration, we now term Resonance, or entrainment — synchronization to an external rhythm. In quantum physics, it is called entanglement. The principle of entrainment is universal, appearing in physics, magic, alchemy, music, sacred geometry, chemistry, pharmacology, biology, medicine, psychology, sociology, astronomy, architecture, and other disciplines.
We are simply “connected,” embedded in a nested series of scales from the microcosm to the macrocosm. Each of us is a “universe within.” Our essence is the same as Cosmos. This principle makes it possible for us to synchronize with specific subtle energies and memories or intuitions of the future. Without mastering physics, we can still obtain an understanding of the holistic nature of the universe and ourselves, which gives insight and motivation for our journey into the deeper levels of existence. It is enough to know that science backs up many metaphysical notions about the nature of reality.
As curious as it may first seem, perfumes are one such gateway to enrichment, understanding, experience, and healing through self-awareness. Our ancestors amassed and codified an extraordinary array of observations, which they followed with experimental practice in magic and alchemy. It is a group of experiments one makes largely on oneself, with self-knowledge as the elusive process goal.
The “Akashic records” are described as an energetic pattern, a frequency like a tuning fork vibration. Ervin Laszlo formulated a “connectivity hypothesis,” which includes the existence of a universal “psi-field” or, the “Akashic field.” (Laszlo 1993, 2003, 2004) – a subquantum field, in which everything that has ever happened remains permanently holographically recorded. This hidden dimension is the experiential realm of soul, dreams and imagination, as well as our unlived potential.
Similar, if not identical to Jung’s “Collective Unconscious,” this “Akashic Field” is a subtle communication network that underlies physical reality, holistically connecting every point in space with every other point, and every thing with every other thing, non-locally. This communication network operates in the realm of pure information underlying empirical existence. It does not rely on the transport of physical energy, so interactions occur instantaneously regardless of physical separation and without any channel for mechanistic transport of energy. It works because this field exists within us in the void spaces that constitute most of the physical space we occupy.
This is the source of direct wisdom or gnosis. By going into and then past the experience of symbols, we can experience the consciousness that created them. This creative state is a source of healing, re-birth and re-creation. Some symbols offer access to memories of the past, some reveal future potentials, others can lead us to our inner healer — the part of us that can provide the energy we need to restore balance and harmony within ourselves. We can call up our courage, clarity and discernment, resilience, self-esteem, emotional regulation or problem-solving skills, using traditional techniques from antiquity that are tried through the Ages, sometimes with a modern scientific twist.
Just as Beauty has a positive effect on your being, deprivation of Beauty can lead to disharmony. Loss of Beauty is akin to shamanic “loss of soul,” and requires retrieval of that sense for healing. Psychosensory therapy forms the core of trauma treatment. Even olfactory input creates extrasensory activity that alters brain function and the way we respond to stimuli. In other words, new sensory input can change memories and their power over us. This is especially true for implicit memories, stored without cognition. This process of brain modification is called neuro-platisticity. Evidence of this concept began a revolution in thinking about the brain.
Scents can help us unlearn or de-couple emotional reactions. Once the traumatic memory is brought into working memory, if it’s dislodged before activation, the triggering stimulus is disconnected from the response and the emotion is extinguished. Memories can be triggered and diffused. Scent often triggers memories and memories trigger scent. Encoding is state-related, completed at high norepinepherine and dopamine levels, while the prefrontal cortex is shut down.
If you seek mastery over a situation without new skills to ensure success, the memory is triggered without the healing sense of safe haven, increasing the compulsion to seek mastery. Subconsciously, you may reenact the trauma by repeatedly exposing yourself to a similar trauma. Scent can help you build and anchor a safe haven within. That haven de-links the emotional experience from a trauma, essentially making it just an ordinary memory. Once done, the event no longer means distress.
Wisdom Through Beauty
Beauty is an emotional value which affects our volitional and appreciative nature. It is not inherent in any thing, but is our own pleasure regarded as the quality of a thing or event. It is neither intrinsic nor objectified. It is the first-hand experience of a state of consciousness. It may not be in the eye only, but beauty is in the beholder. Yet the beholder doesn’t stand on the outside looking in, but becomes the object of contemplation. When the focus of contemplation is the self, a complex feedback loop manifests of self contemplating self manifesting self, contemplating self.
Beauty as a state of consciousness is described in the Qabala and Hermetic Philosophy as the sphere Tiphareth, on the Tree of Life. In psychological terms it implies transcendence of the realm of personality and intimate knowledge of the transpersonal self. It corresponds with healing, creativity, genius, and bliss states or unitive experiences. The direct path to this sphere on the Tree of Life is called “ART”, and concerns itself with the paradoxical melding of the opposites. Art had its origin in magic. It is the path of transcendence from personality to Self, through the Middle Way. Art is the explication or unfolding of the transformative process. Through art, common experience is transformed to archetypal, timeless experience. Art is nature transformed. Art shapes our perception of things outside ourselves, and embodies the workings of inner life.
Archetype, ritual, myth, and dream are other manifestations of this same mode, as is expressive therapy. It is characterized by the production of images whose meaning is not clear or categorical (Gowan, 1975). In this mode, symbols or images are used in a private or idiosyncratic manner. Through art, they can be shared with others, expressing feeling and transmitting understanding. In contrast, in the creative mode (Tiphareth) meaning is more or less fully cognized symbolically, with ego present.
The Path to Beauty
Jung claimed, the essence of darkness is gold. It symbolizes the sphere of meaning, divine beauty, the inner glow that results from the merging of human and divine. Art reflects the cosmic creative process.The evolution of art mirrors our liberation from time, space and personality. No longer bound by normal sensory frames, we are removed from time and desire.
Through the magick of art we give birth to our vision of reality. This imaginal reality has the occult or hidden ability to radically transform us. Art is the secret of the secret art. We gain independence through the construction of images in both science and art. Art is therapeutic magic. It mediates the Great Unknown through the power of self-expression as the inner becomes the outer. We turn ourselves inside-out.
We are works of art. Our consciousness is a formative power which grows stronger when we aspire toward artful living with increasing devotion and passionate intensity. When we keep knocking at that door, we realize our inspirations. There is a resonate feedback loop that intensifies the process enough to keep desire alive through dry periods.
We can immerse ourselves in the imaginative process at will. Image crafting is a metaphysical art. Rhythm is the essence of that art. In fallow periods, we incubate. We plumb our depths with the perceptual field independence of a mystic. Art is an aesthetic mystical experience.
Art is an upwelling. Creativity is a constant. Netzach is the sphere of fire on the mental plane, psychosensory enrichment, including symbolic awareness. It means “remembrance” but with more acute realization than ever before. The goal is kept before the mind’s eye with imagery. Creative imagination is the force which transforms spiritual energies into manifestation, making the concealed reality visible. We have intuitive access to the collective pool and to our cultural destiny. We discover our originality.
Art expands our consciousness. It can be prophetic. Imagination flows through us, welling up from our core. Netzach brings stabilization and experiential realization that we are vehicles for creative process. A series of realizations accelerates artistic development. Living from love, we enter more fully into the stream of higher consciousness which pulls us along in its current — the flow state. We become more creative and appreciative of beauty.
Artistry is the result of a renewed ability to perceive and express harmony, proportion, and balance. In Netzach, we learn to refine our mental images by loving them into being. We also blossom under the influence of the creative process. Mental and emotional, cognitive and affective processes are harmonized and stabilized and the 25th Path of Art opens to Tiphareth — Beauty.
Psychosensory integration is a way of sensing and interpreting experience that sensitizes you to your changing system before problems become ingrained. Even autistics with little interest in their surroundings can become intrigued by scent. Perfumes can help us create a dialogue with nature and our own deep nature — our essence. But you may not find these effects in mass-produced commercial products, which can be highly adulterated. A true magical formula elicits a specific predetermined response — a liquid genie from a bottle set free. Fragrant desire is born of the essence of reality.
Certain oils and incenses require magic in their production. When the finest ingredients are employed, the body can be used to awaken the soul. Psychosensory response is an arcane science that works on the subconscious and conscious mind, eliciting real effects. Certain scents stimulate certain responses or psychic centers. Sometimes we are aware of our reactions; sometimes not. Psychosensory initiation experiences are pathways to specific states of consciousness.
The cosmic creation process continues to this day, through every living moment, a dance of creation and destruction. It takes place in the quantum flux. It takes place in our hearts. The heart of perfumes is linked to the heart of dreams, which is the root of imagination. Alchemy is about spontaneous emergence through radical transformation. Our own ‘essence’ is the object of that magical metamorphosis. It is our soul that is distilled and refined, like perfumes and herbal remedies.
Sacred essences feed the soul, which inherently recognizes their healing potential. Perfumes that match energies with aspects of your personal essence, planetary and other powers are a traditional way of exploring and deepening your relationship with the Source Field. The more frequently a stimulus and response occur in association with each other, the stronger the association becomes until it can be recalled at will. It can help us access the genius of our potential, by creating stability, balance and an affinity for higher consciousness. We are grounded, yet open to the Cosmos.