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This article originally appeared in the Holo-Gram Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2, 1988; and the Laser Arts Society for Education and Research, Vol. IX, No. IV, 1989. It continues to be revised and updated online. If you would like more information on Holomentation, please contact me and include the word "Holomentation" in the subject line of your email, or mention Holomentation when you call.
HOLOGRAPHIC UNIVERSE and POSITIVE THINKING
Another Dimension to Holography
By Frank DeFreitas
The practice of holography creates three-dimensional images called holograms, and a person that works in the field of holography creating them is called a holographer. The author of this web page, Frank DeFreitas, has been a holographer for nearly 30 years. Any holographer has a deep, meaningful understanding of holographic principles. If they do not, holograms are not created and no food gets onto the table. In essence, if you want to know about holographic anything, ask a holographer. It is the objective of this web page to provide visitors with correct information on holography, and offer a few of my personal views on holographic principles. You have my permission to print and use this page. Should you choose to pursue further, I welcome you to travel along with me on this journey.
Holography is a Nobel prize-winning field of physics. Holomentation, a term that I developed in 2007, is a process of applying the method used in creating holograms to the creation and maintenance of positive thoughts and living.
Holomentation is not a religion, nor is it a movement. It is simply an exercise in thinking. It is entirely of the physical realm, and not at all of the spiritual. This is not to say that our minds cannot function within, or experience, any higher realms. Many believe that they certainly can and do, and that humankind will continue to develop higher levels of functioning as time goes on. But here is how I differ: I believe these higher realms are still, and will continue to be, within the physical realm. It would be deceiving to you, the reader, in a gross, almost maladjusted way, to suggest that holography as a whole, or Holomentation in particular, is otherwise.
With that being said, and even within those parameters, there is still plenty of unchartered territory for exploration, and opportunity to greatly expand our own coherent thought processes and consciousness. And that is what Holomentation is all about.
Going Beyond the Hologram
The term Holomentation itself is taken from HOLO, meaning "whole", and MENTATION, meaning "mental activity". Its primary objective is the development of a more powerful, coherent, internal thought process, and a stronger and more positive interaction with the external world in which we live.
With our first decade of the 21st century now behind us, we find that the Internet is filled with references to holographic this, and holographic that. Unfortunately, one of the biggest misconceptions on the Net centers around what a hologram truly is. It is well known throughout the professional holography community that much of the information online is incorrect, and it is getting worse every day. Possibly the worst information is that in which holography is used as a metaphor for the human brain, the mind, and the universe in which we exist. Reader beware.
Holographic principles have been around for many, many years, including theories on the holographic brain. Popular books of the late 20th century, such as Michael Talbot's Holographic Universe, have done much to bring the general population into the fold. The tide that brought us Talbot's book can then be traced back to work by such scientists and visionaries as physicist David Bohm (Wholeness and the Implicate Order); philosopher Kristamirti (The Wholeness of Life); Stanford brain researcher Karl Pribram (Stalking the Wild Pendulum); and compiled works such as those by Ken Wilber (The Holographic Paradigm and Other Paradoxes). This is by no means an exhaustive list of books that contain accurate information.
What we don't always realize is that the principles / concepts go back much further in time than even the 20th century. The New Thought movement of the late 19th century, with writers such as William Walker Atkinson, began introducing holographic principles. In fact, ALL of the current popular holographic principle books owe a great deal to Atkinson, and it was in 1906 that he wrote of concepts very similar to holography, before holography was even invented. The same can be said for the groundbreaking 19th century Cosmic Consciousness authored by Richard M. Bucke.
It is through my decades-long study of the richly rewarding 19th and early 20th century foundational history (and even earlier) that I base my own writings on what I term Holomentation. It is my hope that this new and exciting work will find a place alongside my visual and educational work with holography.
Winds of change are blowing, and one thing is certain: holography and holographic principles are making in-roads into the collective conscienceness of culture in the US and abroad.
What are these ideas and philosophies that we speak of? Some say a greater understanding of our relationship to each other and the universe. An unbroken whole. A change in our fragmentary thought processes. The idea that one action cannot be taken with a part of the whole, without effecting everything else in the whole. Look at it as a connection between point A and point B, without the space or time between the two points.
It is therefore possible that the reason we could never record any transfer of energy between two subjects in telepathy was because there was no need to pass through the physical space in the first place. We were trying to detect and measure something that, though holographic principles, didn't exist. We were trying to measure fragmentation, not wholeness.
One idea states that the functioning of the brain is holographic, and that the brain stores its data, especially memory, throughout its entire volume. Removing a section merely "dims" the entire picture rather than eliminating a portion of it. Everything we experience, including solid objects, can be reduced to atoms, and below that, frequencies or vibrations. The brain interprets these frequencies and mathematically reconstructs them as "solid" reality.
For many of these ideas, the hologram has, and continues to be, used as a model for explanation. The fact that a hologram can be broken into many pieces, yet each piece still contains a view of the entire image (from the perspective of the broken piece), works well enough as a physical explanation. As many holographers will attest, however, it leaves much to be desired. But it makes for a fanciful explanation with plenty of wow factor, gets plenty of ink, and sells lots of books. As a lifelong holographer myself, I could see the short falling that someone who has never made a hologram could not. Therefore, I choose the way a hologram is made, rather than using the actual hologram itself as example.
Relationship to the Making of a Hologram
In the creation of any true hologram, there is a need for the use of a coherent source of light. Laser light is coherent, meaning that all of the light waves are in step with one another. It is due to coherence that light (as well as sound) has the ability to experience constructive and destructive interference. In essence, light and sound both have the ability to gain in intensity (constructive), and cancel itself out to total darkness or silence (destructive). All depending on how the waves are interacting with one another. It is the properties of the coherent light that allow us to create a hologram.
In the creation of one type of basic hologram, the narrow laser beam is split into two beams using an instrument known, simply enough, as a beam splitter. One beam becomes the object beam. This object beam is spread with a lens, then directed to the object to be recorded as a wavefront of light. It not only illuminates the object, but it is also reflected off the object, providing that the object reflects, rather than absorbs, light. This reflected light contains all the information about the dimensional properties of the object being recorded.
The other beam from the beam splitter becomes what we refer to as the reference beam. The reference beam does not interact with anything at all. It remains a pure source laser light: a steady-state carrier of coherent information. Like the object beam above, it too is a wavefront of light, but a wavefront that is not altered in any way.
It is the action of the relationship between the pure reference beam and the altered object beam that gets recorded as a hologram. This action in the physical world is known as constructive and destructive interference, and takes place every time a hologram is made.
When making the hologram, it is important to maintain a certain ratio of light intensity (amplitude) between the two beams, in order for the hologram to record properly. If the ratio of beam intensity changes between the two wavefronts of light, the quality of the hologram changes as well. If the ratios are incorrect, the relationship between the two beams must be adjusted. This is essential to creating an acceptable, bright, clean holographic image. In the lab, this requires the adjustment of the beam splitter to allow more light to go to either the object beam, or to the reference beam. Whichever is needed to reach the correct ratio.
In a similar fashion, the practice of Holomentation would call for us to maintain the optimal ratio between:
In recording a hologram, a typical beam ratio is 4:1, where 4 represents the reference beam intensity reading, and 1 represents the object beam reading. This would translate into the requirement of us having our steady-state brain functioning (reference) at an amplitude that is four times that of our new thoughts and incoming experiences (object).
- The Brain's "Object Beam": The new thoughts and experiences that we are having are very similar in their action to the object beam wavefront, i.e. they contain all of the new information of those thoughts and experiences in their entirety.
- The Brain's "Reference Beam": The existing state of being / natural state of the brain that the new thoughts and experiences are interacting with. Similar to the function of the reference beam, which as you'll remember from recording a hologram, is a steady-state, non-altered carrier.
At one time, and not that long ago, this 4:1 ratio was also found in the world in which we lived. One could say that it was a natural occurence. Everyday life didn't exceed a certain level of intensity. We went about our day always mentally functioning well above the threshold level of the world around us. If, for whatever reason, the level of external experiences went above the norm, we would make note of it and make the necessary corrections to bring the ratio back into alignment again.
Unfortunately, in today's fast-paced world, it may be just the opposite: we are constantly bombarded with stimulus everywhere we turn. Not only with its intensity (at levels never before experienced), but also with its duration (all day, every day). This increase in stimulation is experienced with what we hear, with what we see, even with what we taste and smell. Everyday living itself has exceeded its natural parameters through technology, mainly through electronics and amplification: loud sounds of all frequencies, even those beyond our range of hearing; bright, saturated electronic colors through digital high-definition television and video; and so on. Music now blasts at us while eating, shopping, and sometimes even while walking down the street. Many times we do it to ourselves! We are in a state of constant bombardment of artificial sight and sound, constantly stimulating our nervous systems to greater levels of excitement (and, in some cases, agitation).
This creates a reverse of the beam ratio effect: where the object beam (new thoughts and life experiences) actually exceeds the intensity of our reference beam (existing state of being / brain). In holography, this condition -- having the object beam contain more light energy than the reference beam -- would create a very poor quality hologram. Need I say what effect these conditions possibly have on our daily life experiences?
The idea is to have a process that takes holographic principles into consideration, like Holomentation, to help reverse this situation. In addition to the reference / object beam ratio adjustments, we would also want to mimic the coherent nature of laser light itself. The reason for this is that no constructive or destructive interference would take place within holography without coherent light. Nor would constructive and destructive interference take place within our thought process without coherent steady state brain action. Would we still have thought? Yes, we would. Just as we still have random light all around us. But in order to be able to intensify the positive, and totally eliminate the negative, we need to have coherence.
With lasers and holography, and due to the coherence of laser light, constructive interference between the two wavefronts causes an increase in the amplitude of the resulting combined wave. This is a POSITIVE reinforcement. Conversely, destructive interference between the two wavefronts causes a decrease in the amplitude of the resulting combined wave. This is a NEGATIVE reinforcement. It is possible for laser light to completely turn itself "off" through destructive interference, with no longer any light present. It is the process of combining two beams of light that creates darkness!
Holomentation would provide a method for strong, coherent thought, through the increase in steady-state, reference beam brain amplitude. This then, in turn, would work to not only correctly match the incoming thoughts and experiences through establishing the proper ratios, but also reinforce positive experiences, and cancel out negative ones. Automatically.
It is, however, beyond the scope of a single web page to convey much more detail than is provided herein. Only one singular aspect of the whole is presented, and there are many other holographic metaphors that can be applied, such as polarization, spatial filtering (mind-noise attenuation), and more. Currently as online notes and ideas, this is being built upon many decades of work and observations in holography. I continue to build-out and refine.
Future Thought will be Spatial, not Linear
Technological advances are rarely used to their fullest potential by the first generation of users. Only in later generations does a medium become self-defined by its own inherent qualities. Holography's biggest impact is yet to come -- holographic principles being applied to the arts, sciences and humanities.
The concept of thinking in a spatial, rather than linear manner is at the very heart of holomentation. While the clock and calendar seem to remind us that things move in a forward, linear manner, holography teaches us that time (past, present and future) exist simultaneously. While Newtonian physics states "what goes up, must come down", holography teaches us that up and down are useless terms that should be replaced by inward or outward -- enfolding/unfolding. When you throw a ball "up" into the air, it doesn't really go up, it goes out -- away from the Earth.
Space. Time. Physical and non-physical. These are all part of holography. A big part. Whether a hologram is an abstract work of art depicting these principles, or an embossed hologram on a box of cereal, this bigger "holo-view" is there also. Waiting. Holding steadfast while a generation evolves and becomes conscious of the cosmic implications of this most profound medium.
Evolution is the key word here -- developing a higher order of holographic reasoning as a race. A most fascinating example of this is the sense of color, which did not evolve to its present state until quite recently. Xenophanes knew of three colors of the rainbow only -- purple, red and yellow. Aristotle spoke of the tri-colored rainbow. The poets of the Iliad, Odyssey and the Bible ignore the blue color of the sky completely. Given that the skies in the areas of these compositions are the most vivid blue on the planet, this omission can hardly be attributed to accident. Etymology assures us that at the time the subsequent names for blue were all merged in the names for black.
As it was for the evolution of color-sense, so shall it be for the evolution of holo-sense. Just as each of our mental faculties has its own average age for appearing from the time of birth, when a new faculty appears in a race it will be found in one individual, later in a few individuals and still later in half the members; and so on, until it permeates the race to such a degree that an individual who misses having the faculty is regarded as "deficient".
Yes, holography is more than holograms on the wall. It contains answers to many bigger, perplexing questions. But the biggest question of all is: "When will this holo-consciousness become assimilated into the collective minds of all?". This era, when finally realized, will truly become known as the golden age of holography.
"Science is the study of the physical manifestations of God in action."
-- Frank DeFreitas
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viewed his first laser hologram in 1968 and started his own holography studio in 1983. He has spent 30+ years working with lasers and holograms in various capacities. Presently retired to his Victorian-era study, he spends his time overseeing his 20,000+ pieces of holography memorabilia; welcomes visitors from around the world; works on his own projects; and provides historical and technical knowledge through speaking engagements. For more info on him, please visit his bio page.
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