Sir Francis Bacon :
It is claimed that Bacon was really two men(the self-conscious Bacon and the Cosmic Conscious Bacon); that the man seen by Bacon's contemporaries and in the prose works was the former, while the concealed man who produced the plays and "Sonnets" was the latter. The Cosmic-Conscious Bacon had the use of all the learning and of all the faculties of the self concsious Bacon, and along with these the vast spiritual insight and powers which go with possession of Cosmic Consciousness.---Richard Maurice Bucke from his book Cosmic Consciousness1902
With great minuteness of observation, Bacon had an amplitude of comprehension such as has never yet been vouchsafed to any human being...the largeness of his mind was all his own. We marvel at him as clowns on a fair-day marvel at a juggler.---Macaulay
Winston Churchill once referred to Russia as a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The phrase might more aptly have been applied to his countryman, Francis Bacon. Francis Bacon possessed incredible intellectual abilities. When he said, at an early age, that he had taken all knowledge for his province, he spoke no more than the unadorned truth. Goethe made a parallel statement about Shakespeare. Goethe said Shakespeare had drawn a sponge over the table of all human knowledge. These disparate statements converge in the enigma of the concealed writings of Francis Bacon. For more than a century various people have struggled with this enigma. The solution tells us Bacon wrote under various masks such as: Montaigne, Spenser, Marlowe, Cervantes, and Shakespeare.
This solution is not the end of the story, however. Wrapped inside the enigma is the unexplored mystery of the unique psychic abilities possessed by Francis Bacon. And wrapped inside this mystery is the riddle of how such an amazing being as Francis Bacon should have existed in the first place. This riddle is related to the story of the cycle of the soul which undergoes a vast period of incarnations in the earth. It deals with the possibility of a state of advancement almost impossible of conception for ordinary man, and concludes with the possibility of attainment to a higher kingdom in nature-that kingdom above the human kingdom.
As the famous American seer, Edgar Cayce, describes the cycle: when the soul first began to incarnate in physical bodies in the earth, the consciousness of the soul and of the physical being were the same. But gradually the soul consciousness became submerged, and a separate physical consciousness was formed over it. At first the soul consciousness fed into the waking consciousness all the time. Then there appeared flashes where only the physical consciousness operated. These periods became longer until there existed only flashes from the soul consciousness, and finally these disappeared altogether so that the consciousness of the soul was totally submerged. But as the soul continues through its vast cycle of incarnations, the physical being will be reintegrated with the spiritual self. When the cycle is complete they would once again operate as one, and the soul will have gained the ability to function with its full powers on the physical plane. When this stage is attained the man will become a "Master" able to function in and out of the physical body at will and will graduate into the next higher kingdom in nature.
According to Cayce all psychic abilities are powers of the soul. People who are psychic are those who have the ability to contact the consciousness or the powers of the soul. This ability increases as the soul nears the end of its cycle in the earth and the consciousness of the physical is reintegrated more and more with that of the soul self. According to information first made public through the Theosophic Society, Francis Bacon was in his next to last incarnation in the earth. In the subsequent life he attained to the status of "Master", ending his cycle of incarnations in the earth. Therefore, it was to be expected that Francis Bacon would possess unusual psychic abilities. A careful examination of his life and writings demonstrates this was actually the case.
FRANCIS BACON AND TELEPATHY
One of the first accounts we hear of Francis Bacon as a child was his interest in telepathy. Bryan Bevan says,
"Once, when he was watching the antics and tricks of a wandering juggler, he became interested in the art of legerdemain. It intrigued him whether the conjuring trick was merely a clever mechanical trick or whether it was what is now recognized as Telepathy or thought transference between two sensitively attuned minds."
Most likely Francis Bacon found himself with the power to "read" the minds of those around him at an early age, and this spurred his interest in investigating this incident. We see him later remarking with what seems to be an insider's knowledge that Christ often answered not the words, but the thoughts of those to whom he spoke. The ability to tune in to the thoughts of people around him may be part of the explanation as to why he possessed the comprehensive and consummate knowledge of the human mind that he exhibits in the "Plays". There are numerous incidents in the accounts of Bacon which indicate he had this power. For example, when the Earl of Essex was trying to obtain the position of Attorney General for Bacon, the wily William Cecil had Essex believing that he also supported Bacon, but Bacon wrote Essex a letter telling him that Cecil supported the Huddler (Edward Coke) underhandedly. This was only one of many such incidents. Francis Bacon was surrounded by arch dissemblers, yet he always seemed to know their real intentions.
FRANCIS BACON AND THE OUT OF THE BODY EXPERIENCE
There is not the slightest doubt that Francis Bacon was completely familiar with the experience of leaving the physical body in full consciousness. At the beginning of The Tempest he depicts in allegory the experience of the initiate in The Mysteries when he leaves his physical body. He uses the ship to represent the body and the mariners entranced below decks to allegorize the dormant state of the body after the initiate has left his physical body. The lightning and thunder lashes the storm tossed ship. John A. Weisse, describing the ritual of the Eleusinia, said,
"Soon the thunder rolled, lightning flashed, strange and fearful objects appeared, and the place seemed to shakes and be on fire, hideous spectres glided through the building moaning and sighing, frightful noises and howlings were heard."
Ferdinand, with hair up-starting then like reeds, not hair, leaped overboard crying, "Hell is empty, and all the devils are here."
Oliver Fox in his book Astral Projection described his experience while he was leaving his physical body:
"There may also be flashes of light, apparitions, and (almost certainly) terrifying noises.the pale golden light increases to a blaze of glory and a veritable inferno of strange sounds assails his ears.If the attempt succeeds, he will have the extraordinary sensation of passing through the door in his brain and hearing it `click' behind him; but he will not seem to be out of his body yet. It will appear to him that his fluidic self has again subsided within his physical body; but the terrifying sounds and apparitions are no more, and the room is evenly illuminated by the pale golden radiance. There is a blessed sense of calm after storm."
Dr. Rawley indicates that Bacon dictated his writings each morning. I believe these writings were actually composed each night while Bacon was out of his physical body. There is evidence to support this theory in the Sonnets. I have long believed that much of the sonnets are the work of Sir Walter Raleigh.In the summer of 1589, as the story goes, Raleigh weary of the court went off to Ireland and there he met Spenser. The two men struck up an intellectual friendship. Spenser's (Bacon) Colin Clouts Come Home Againe says:
One day...I sat(as was my trade)
Under the foot of Mole, that mountain hoar,
Keeping my sheep amongst the cooly shade,
Of the green alders by Mulla's shore.
There a strange shepherd chanced to find me out,
Whether allured with my pipe's delight,
Whose pleasing sound yshrilled far about,
Or thither led by chance, I know not right:
Whom when I asked from what place he came
And how he hight, himself he did ycleepe
The shepherd of the ocean by name,
And said he came far from the main-sea deep.
He, sitting me beside in the same shade,
Provoked me to play some pleasant fit;
And when he heard the music which I made,
He found himself full greatly pleased at it.
Yet, aemuling my pipe, he took in hand
My pipe (before that aemuled of many),
And played thereon (for well that skill he conned),
Himself as skilful in that art as any.
He pip'd, I sung; and when he sung, I piped;
By change of turns, each making other merry,
Neither envying other nor envied-
So piped we, until we both were weary.
So we gather that in 1589, when Raleigh was away from court, he and Bacon got together and gave a virtuoso performance of composing verse, a skill at which both were supreme masters. I think the sonnets was a joint effort where both Bacon and Raleigh "piped by change of turns". The indication of Raleigh in Shakespeare sonnet 37 is strong. We have that curious line:
"So, I made lame by Fortune's dearest spite"
Cadiz was Raleigh's greatest victory, but he was wounded in the same battle and was lame for the remainder of his life. Therefore, he was made lame by Fortune's dearest spite. The first seventeen sonnets are addressed to a fair young man who is urged to have offspring. Bacon fills the position of this fair young man very well. He was a miracle youth when Raleigh met him: extraordinarily handsome with a unique intellect that has never been equaled in recorded history. No wonder Raleigh urged him to have offspring to perpetuate his bloodline. The sonnets address a greater poet than Raleigh. This again points to Bacon. Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the greatest poets who have used the English language, but Bacon was greater. The fair young man is addressed as the tenth muse. This again points to Bacon who had adopted a tenth muse. And Raleigh, no doubt, was familiar with Bacon's practice of composing his works at night had his own conclusion as to where Bacon got his inspiration:
"Was it the proud full sail of his great verse,
Bound for the prize of all-too-precious you,
That did my ripe thoughts in my brain inhearse,
Making their tomb the womb wherein they grew?
WAS IT HIS SPIRIT, BY SPIRITS TAUGHT TO WRITE
Above a mortal pitch, that struck me dead?
No, neither he, NOR HIS COMPEERS BY NIGHT
GIVING HIM AID, my verse astonished.
HE, NOR THAT AFFABLE FAMILIAR GHOST
WHICH NIGHTLY GULLS HIM WITH INTELLIGENCE,
As victors, of my silence cannot boast;"
One of the psychic abilities Francis Bacon apparently possessed was the power to read the Akashic Records. According to occult doctrine everything which occurs upon this planet leaves a record in the Akasha, a band of very tenuous energy which surrounds the planet. It was apparently from these records that the famous American Seer, Edgar Cayce, was able to read the past lives of various individuals, and to garner information about events that took place in the distant past of the planet. In her book, Born to Heal Ruth Montgomery writes about a very unusual man she calls "Mr. A." According to Ruth Montgomery, "Mr. A" had the ability to acquire information about events that had occurred in the pre-historic past. When pressed to explain in terms available to the layman how he had acquired his knowledge, He said that a protective ring of energy encircles each planet and stores within it all knowledge since time began.
In his life of Bacon, Dr. Rawley made a curious statement about Bacon:
"I have been induced to think, that if there were a beam of knowledge derived from God upon any man in these modern times, it was upon him. For though he was a great reader of books, yet he had not his knowledge from books, but from some grounds and notions from within himself; which, notwithstanding, he vented with great caution and circumspection."
This indicates that Francis Bacon may have acquired knowledge from a superphysical source. That source was most likely the Akashic Records, but could also include "an affable familiar ghost", or spirits (Ariel may have been more than just a poetic conception). If we examine his various writings closely we can see examples of that knowledge. For example, in his book, Christopher Marlowe The Man in His Time John Bakeless says:
"There is in the Orient a tradition that mighty Tamerlane had one favorite wife whom his armies had originally brought to him as a captive, whom he greatly loved and whose death greatly distressed him. This tale, current in Asia in various Persian histories, nowhere appears in the European printed sources available to the dramatist; but in some mysterious way he got hold of it and used it to vary his play by making his conqueror more humanly appealing--a figure who in spite of all his blood-and-thunder could stir an audience sympathy."
This was probably information Bacon got from the Akashic Records. Another example is given by the Sufi writer, Idries Shah who says there are numerous Sufi elements in the Plays, that they contain not only many stories of Persian, Arabian, and other Eastern origins, but also what seems to be literal quotations from Sufi literature.
A third example is the play Hamlet. The story of Hamlet can be traced back to the most remote antiquity, thousands of years in the past. Giorgio de Santillanaand Hertha Von Dechen in their book, Hamlet's Mill trace the threads of the story back from the Elizabethan Hamlet; to Amleth, or Amlodhi of Denmark; to Livy's account of Lucius Junius Brutus in Rome; to the Kalevala, the national epic of Iceland, hoary with age, and its hero Kullervo Kalevanpoika; to Kai Khusrau in Firdausi's Shahnama (the Book of Kings), the national epic of Iran; and to Yudhishthira in the ancient epic, The Mahabharata, of India. Along the way they pick up pieces which they fit together to show the story is derived from the astronomical myth dealing with the the tilting of the earth's axis, after the axis peg of the pole became severed from the joint that held it in place. It is apparent from certain passages in the play that the author was aware of the mythological source of the play:
Even apart from the language problem, the fact is that the tales that make up the Kalevala were transmitted orally, and had not even been collected at the time Bacon lived. So how could Bacon have acquired this knowledge?
In Cymbeline Bacon utilizes a story from the Vedanta as the basis for the ancient knowledge he deals with in the play. Here again Bacon shows familiarity with knowledge to which he should have had no access, and other example could be cited from knowledge that is scattered throughout the plays.
FRANCIS BACON AND PARAPHYSICAL VISION
As Rawley's remark indicated, Bacon had learned to be very close and concealed about his psychic powers. He let enough slip, however, that the presence of these powers could definitely be demonstrated. For one thing it is obvious Bacon possessed psychic vision. The folklore of the civilizations of Greece, Rome, Egypt, China, and India have peopled nature with invisible beings called nature spirits such as gnomes, undines, sylphs, salamanders, and fairies.
Many psychics claimed to have seen these beings. And some psychics have remarked on the accuracy of Shakespeare's descriptions in The Tempest and A Midsummer's Night's Dream. In his book, Fairies at Work and at Play Geoffrey Hodson described how he had watched these creatures at the seashore as they raced toward and from the retreating and advancing tide. In The Tempest Prospero says:
"Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes, and groves;
And ye that on the sands with printless foot
Do chase the ebbing Neptune, and do fly him
When he comes back;"
Demonstrating an accurate knowledge of the nature spirits that could only have been gained from actual observation. But the major evidence of Bacon's para-physical vision is his doctrine of "spirits." He always spoke with absolute certainty regarding the existence of what he referred to as the spirits which were possessed by all living creatures. He went into detail about how these spirits played like a living flame about the body of living creatures. In his History of Life and Death Bacon says:
"In every tangible body there is a spirit covered and envelopedin the grosser body; and from this spirt consumption and dissolution take their origin.No known body in the upper parts of the earth is without a spirit.In all animate bodies there are two kinds of spirits, lifeless spirits Such as are in bodies inanimate, and in addition to them a living Spirit.The other difference between the spirits is, that the vital spirit Has in it a degree of inflammation, and is like a breath compounded Of flame and air.But the inflammation of the vital spirits is gentlerBy many degrees than the softest flame.The lifeless spirits are nearly of the same substance as the air; the vital spirits more akin to the substances of flame."
What is more, his observations were precise and correlated exactly with the description of other psychics.
In his autobiography The Magic Staff, Andrew Jackson Davis, the famous American seer, gave a description of his psychic vision which correlated exactly with Bacon's spirits. Davis said:
"The auricles and ventricles, together with their orifices, gave out distinct flames of light; and the pericardium was a garment of magnetic life, surrounding and protecting the heart while in the performance of its functions. The pulmonary or respitorial department was also illuminated with beautiful flames, but of different magnitude and color. The various air-chambers seemed like so many chemical laboratories. The fire in them wrought instantaneous chemical changes in the blood that flowed through the contiguous membranes; and the great sympathetic nerve, whose roots extend throughout the lower viscera, and whose topmost branches lost in the superior strata of the sensorium, appeared like a column of life, interwoven and super-blended with a soft and silvery fire!
Davis' descriptions sounded uncannily like those of Bacon:
"The superior organs of the cerebrum pulsated with a soft radiant fire;"
Bacon had described how these spirits flowed through the body, and Davis said:
"From the brain I saw the diversified currents of life or magnetic fire, as they flowed through the system."
In Dr. Rawley's Life of Bacon he has the following remark:
"It may seem the moon had some principal place in the figure of his nativity: for the moon was never in her passion, or eclipsed, but he was surprised with a sudden fit of fainting; and that, though he observed not nor took any previous knowledge of the eclipse thereof; and as soon as the eclipse ceased he was restored to his former strength again."
This shows that Bacon was extremely attuned to changes in his superphysical body and easily susceptible to the trance state. It has been demonstrated that the moon broadcasts electromagnetic waves which the affects the electromagnetic field that surrounds man.
Even more explicit evidence of Bacon's psychic faculties was offered by his doctrine of the Intellectual Globe. Bacon referred frequently to his idea of the Intellectual Globe, in fact, his entire programme for the Advancement of Learning centered around this concept of an Intellectual Globe which was a replica in miniature of the great Globe,- the earth. This globe, as Bacon describes it, was a globe of crystal:
"the true rule of a perfect inquiry is, that nothing can befound in the material globe which has not its correspondent in the crystalline globe-the human understanding."
and Bacon took pains to point out that the great globe was also a globe of crystal:
"For so it is expressed in the Scriptures touching the governmentof God, that this globe, which seemeth to us a dark and shady body, is in the view of God as crystal:
Et in conspectu sedis tanquam mare vitreum simile Crystalla (and before the Throne there was a sea Of glass, like unto crystal)
Bacon also described the spirits which played in the small globe of crystal (the human understanding) as having an exact counterpart in the spirits which played in the great globe of crystal-universal nature. These spirits moved in the passions of both globes, and Bacon remarked:
"The passions of bodies which have sense, and of bodies without sense, have a great correspondence."
There was more to this business of the Intellectual Globe than met the eye (of the ordinary person anyway). Psychics possessing superphysical vision have testified that man has superphysical bodies that can be seen on different planes of matter. There is a counterpart to the physical body on each plane, but there is also and ovoid shape which some psychic have called the "surround." The appearance of the "surround" of the mental, or intellectual body has been described as resembling a globe of crystal (an intellectual globe!). Furthermore, to the psychic vision the solid earth has been describing as becoming transparent like crystal. Geoffrey Hodson, described looking down at a nature spirit under the earth:
"To etheric sight the whole rock is transparent and the creature appears as if within a huge glass receptacle."
Andrew Jackson Davis did not use the word "glass", but describes something similar when he says:
"The broad surface of the earth, for many hundreds miles before the sweep of my vision-describing nearly a semicircle-became transparent as the purest water. The deep alluvial and diluvial depositions were distinguishable from the deeper stratifications of stone and earth, by the comparative and superior brilliancy of the ingredients of the former. Earth gave off one particular color, stones another, and minerals still another. When I first discerned a bed of minerals-it was a vein of iron-ore-I remember how I started and shivered with a sensation of fright. It seemed that the earth was on fire..And my agitation was not lessened by perceiving that these rivers of mineral fire ran under the ocean for hundred of miles, and yet were not diminished in a single flame-yea, could not be extinguished."
Physicists have actually detected the "surround" utilizing instruments they have built.
In 1972 a very interesting book by Dr. Harold Saxton Burr was published. The title of the book was, The Fields of Life Burr said that man, "and, in fact-all forms are ordered and controlled by electro-dynamic fields which can be measured and mapped with precision." He called these fields "L-fields" and explained that "L-fields are detected and examined by measuring the difference in voltage between two points on-or close to-the surface of the living form."
Burr did many years of research on the changes in these fields. He found that there were changes in the voltages of L-fields which varied in steady rhythms, over period of weeks. In human beings these changes reflected changes in mental and emotional states. As he continued to gather and collate information about these fields Dr. Burr discovered that their changes responded to changes in the electromagnetic field of the earth. Burr began referring to this field as "the antennae to the universe." Burr said The Foundation for the Study of Cycles, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had accumulated impressive evidence that the affairs of man-from wars to hog-prices-seem to follow rhythmic cycles, though the foundation had not yet discovered the cause, but Burr found evidence these cycles resulted from the interaction of the L-fields in all living being with the external electromagnetic field of the earth.
Assume that someone had the ability to see these L-fields around the various forms. How would they look? In particular how might they be described by someone who lived in Bacon's time? We can draw inference from cases where electricity has been visible and hypothesize that they would be described as a play of a subtle flame around the form. This is precisely how Bacon described the spiritus vitalis (living spirit) which, he said, "preys upon the body like a subtle flame." Bacon, apparently, had psychic ability of a very high order, and possessed superphysical vision. This is shown by correlating his description of the physiological fire which he termed "spirits" With those of psychics. The best correlation comes from the descriptions given by the famous American seer, Andrew Jackson Davis, in his autobiography THE MAGIC STAFF.
Bacon always spoke with absolute certainty regarding the existence of what he referred to as the "spirits" which were possessed by all living creatures. He went into detail about how these spirits played like a living flame about the body of living creatures. It seems that Bacon was familiar with Burr's L-fields because he could actually see them!
This can be collated with information about Bacon that appeared in the first life of Bacon that was published in the year 1631 in Paris by Pierre Ambiose. The book was titled, Histoire Naturelle de Mre. Francois Bacon, Baron de Verulan, Vicomte de Sainct Alban et Chancelier d'Angleterre. At the beginning of the work there was a short life of Francis Bacon. In this life we are told that,
"Mr. Bacon, instead of stopping at the same boundaries as those who have preceded him, will have Experience joined with Reason. And to effect this he had a country house somewhat close to London, which he retained only in order to carry on his Experiments. In this place he had an infinite number of vases and phials; some of which were filled with distilled waters, others with plants and metals in their native state; some with mixtures and compounds; and leaving them exposed to the air throughout all seasons of the year, he observed carefully the different effects of cold or of heat, of dryness and of moisture, the simple productions and corruptions, and other effects of nature. It is in this way that he had found out so many rare secrets."
It is difficult to imagine that plants, and especially metal in a vase or phial would show any perceptible change during the seasons of the year. This would make a lot of sense, however, if those "rare secrets" Bacon discovered had to do with his observation of the changes in the "spirits" or "L-fields" throughout all seasons of the year. And if he did carefully observe changes in the L-fields of plants and metals throughout the different seasons of the year, he must have also observed changes in the L-fields of human beings throughout the different seasons of the year. And he must have collated these changes with the different phases of the moon, and arrived at conclusions regarding the malignant influence of the moon.
This leads to some ideas about Macbeth in which the evil was ultimately derived from Hecate who represented the moon. At the end of the play Macbeth is defeated through the stratagem of the soldiers of Macduff each carrying a green bough from the wood of Birnam to disguise them as they advance toward Dunsinane. In the annual cyclical ritual of the May festival young men went out into the wood and returned carrying a green bough. Evil is defeated by a stratagem that is actually a cyclical ritual. So here is another cyclical allusion. Evil in Macbeth is, in fact, produced by superhuman, extraterrestrial influences, and is cyclical like seasonal influences. What does all of this mean? One is reminded of Ouspensky asking Gurdjieff if war can be stopped. Gurdjieff answered yes, but then continued:
"What is war? It is the result of planetary influences. Somewhere up there two or three planets have approached too near each other; tension results. Have you noticed how, if a man passes quite close to you on a narrow pavement, you become all tense? The same tension takes place between planets. For them it lasts, perhaps a second or two. But here, on the earth, people begin to slaughter one another, and they go on slaughtering maybe for several years.."
It is a commonplace that the gods and goddesses of the Greek and Romans were actually the planets. Their names alone demonstrate this: Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Uranus, etc. Hecate personifies the moon in its evil aspects. Hecate is also the ultimate source of the evil in the play. The association of the moon with evil is well known. Many seasoned police officers have learned through experience to expect an increase of crime at every full moon.
This adds a new aspect to the allegory in the play. Suppose Bacon wanted to symbolize the malignant effect of the moon on the threefold composition of the human being? Would not the three "weyward sisters" personify this allegorical expression perfectly?
When the 20th century began the universe of science was essentially a mechanical universe of matter and form based on mechanical laws. Einstein took this universe into a world far removed from the world of common sense, but his universe remained essentially Newtonian. Nevertheless, the demise of determinism was fast approaching. Along with the investigations into the world of the very large, another set of investigations was proceeding into the world of the very small. As the investigations proceeded further down into the realm of sub-atomic physics physicists ran up against a most unique problem. They reached the point on the diminishing scale where observation ceased to be possible.
Newton's laws of motion described what happened to a moving object. You merely observed the object to establish the direction, location and velocity at a given point from which to begin your calculations in order to predict or retrodict, but in the finer dimensions of the interior of the atoms scientists had reached the scale where the very photons of light they were using to see with actually disturbed the particles they were trying to see. They could never establish all three factors at a given point because their only means of seeing the particle(bombarding it with a photon) altered these factors. They had finally, and irrevocably reached the ne plus ultra of their observation ocean. This meant they had also reached the "no more beyond" to the domain of Newtonian physics.
By dint of amazing ingenuity scientists found a way around this impasse. They discovered that although it was not possible to deal with them individually, it was possible to deal with them in groups. That is, the mathematics of statistics was brought to bear upon the problem, and it was found to work quite well. This led to the field of Quantum Mechanics which soon was operating with the same mathematical precision in the realm of the very small as Newtonian physics in the realm of the very large. In fact this realm in some ways was better suited to an ideal sphere of science. Since mathematics was the most certain area of science, and the realm of sub-atomic physics and Quantum Mechanics was completely removed from the observational ocean it was less likely to be distorted by the intrusion of human prejudice. The mathematics of Quantum Mechanics was developed into a tool of absolute precision. Quantum Theory became THE theory. It was always correct. It never failed. It had no competition.
This was all very well until some remarkable mathematical results began to turn up. A basic mathematical equation of Quantum Mechanics was developed by Erwin Schrodinger that described each variable governing a particle's behavior.Dealing with groups this equation was always accurate, however, in certaincircumstances, in dealing with a single particle, the equation predicted two equally probable outcomes. The hapless reaction of the physicists was, "the equation became schizophrenic." The great Von Newman, superbrain of mathematics was called in to clear up the situation. Von Neuman introduced a second equation to check for errors in the first. The second equation also became "schizophrenic." With sweat on his brilliant brow Von Neuman introduced a third and fourth equation. Each, in turn, became "schizophrenic." There was great consternation in scientific circles. Although to laymen these mathematics might seem "castles in the air", to say that to physicists they had been proven as certain as the existence of death and taxes would be a gross understatement.
In 1957 Hugh Everett and John A. Wheeler made a rigorous mathematical examination of the issues raised by the equations. Their conclusion was, "the possible realities `exist', and, at any moment in time an indefinite number of parallel realities exist."
This was all getting hairy enough, but the physicists were also building up a repertoire of actual physical observations which showed something very strange at the fountainhead of the material universe. Einstein's Theory had shown how illusionary was man's perception of his universe, but one did not even have to refer to this theory to demonstrate a fundamental illusion in that perception. Two examples which clearly demonstrated the presence of some connection between separate events where none should have been possible was the case of masses of radioactive material of varying sizes, and the classical experiment designed to demonstrate the wave-like nature of light.
As if this was not enough, in 1964 a physicist named J.S. Bell made some mathematical calculations concerning the correlations between polarized light particles emitted from a central source in the two opposite directions. The particles were directed in such a manner that they passed through polarizers to a photomultiplier tube which registered reception by an audible click. Bell discovered that the clicks from Tube A and Tube B were correlated too strongly to be explained by chance. There existed some connection in a space-like separated area.
The mathematical correlations found by Bell demolished the Principle of Local Causes further supporting the Many Worlds Theory. This theory posited the idea that,
"the universe is constantly splitting into a stupendous number of divisions where all possible realities `exist', and, at any moment in time an indefinite number of parallel realities exist."
It seemed highly likely Schrodinger's equation represented reality. But whatdecided which outcome of an event was experienced? In 1961, Nobel Prize winning physicist Eugene Wigner proposed a solution. He carefully weighed the evidence and found that (bizarre as it might seem) the inescapable conclusion was it was the consciousness itself which was the hidden variable that decided which outcome of an event was experience.
With this background in mind it is highly interesting to examine the play,-The Tempest. In this play Bacon fashioned a model of the world. This model of the world shows it to be a strange place, permeated with illusion, where an indefinite number of realities exist at any given time. (See my book The Secret of The Shakespeare Play ). Interestingly enough, if one reads with care the work of the various commentators on this play, one will see that each commentator has CHOSEN HIS OWN REALITY. The question at issue for the present article is- how was it possible that Bacon in his very primitive age was aware of Quantum Reality?
If we examine the change in consciousness from the most primitive to the most highly evolved man we see that the direction of the change in consciousness is for it to expand to become more and more inclusive. My theory is that Bacon's consciousness had expanded to the point where it was not only holistic, encompassing in one moment of consciousness what ordinary man only experiences linearly, but that his consciousness had also expanded to the point where it included alternate realities.
There are many other examples of Bacon's paraphysical knowledge and psychic abilities in his life and writings, however, I have ran out of space and will conclude this article.
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Michael Talbot Mysticism and the New Physics ARKANA Penguin Books 1981, 1993
Michael Talbot Beyond Quantum 1986 Macmillan Publishing Company
Mather Walker The Secret of the Shakespeare Plays
Gary Zukav The Dancing Wu Li Masters 1979 Bantam Books, Inc. N.Y.
Books on Edgar Cayce:
Thomas Sugrue There is a River Dell Publishing Co, Inc 1942, 1945
Gina Cerminara Many Mansions 1950 A Signet Mystic Book Published by The New American Library
Noel Langley Reincarnation 1967 Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc. Paperback Library, Inc.-New York
Theosophy books: about the various lives of Francis Bacon:
C.W. Leadbeater The Hidden Side of Christian Festivals 1920 The St. Alban Press Los Angeles:London:Sydney
C.W. Leadbeater The Hidden Life in Freemasonry 1973 Health Research Reprint of 1949 The Theosophical Publishing House Adyar Madras, India
C.W. Leadbeater Man Visible and Invisible 1971 A Quest Book. The Theosophical Publishing House Wheaton, Ill., U.S.A.
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