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Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors



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Published by Matthew Pallamary
An essay describing shadow work in esoteric and modern day terms.
An essay describing shadow work in esoteric and modern day terms.

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Published by: Matthew Pallamary on Apr 18, 2011
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Smoke & Mirrors
©2011 Matthew J. Pallamary
One of the tenets of the New Age is the adage that we are all one, connected inour hearts, minds, and spirits. Ancient indigenous medicine men understood thateverything is interconnected, including man, plants, animals, trees, and every part of creation. American Indians often referred to these other beings as brothers.On an esoteric level, everything is connected within everything else in whatmodern physicists call a holographic manner. To record a hologram, a coherent light beam passes through a beam splitter. Some of the light scattered from an object or a setof objects falls on the recording medium. The other part of the split beam reflects off of amirror. This second light beam is known as the reference beam, which also illuminatesthe recording medium, so thatinterferenceoccurs between the two beams. The resultinglight field generates a seemingly random pattern of varying intensity, which is recordedin the hologram.An interesting property of holograms is that if one is cut up into smaller pieces,each portion contains information about the whole object.If you look at the Internet with this paradigm in mind you will realize that theWorld Wide Web is really a huge mirror of the collective consciousness of humanity. Allof the information is contained everywhere in the whole and much of this information isnot accurate; it comes from someone’s reflection on something which can often bedistorted either unconsciously or intentionally.An interesting property of mirrors is that they often show us what we do not wantto see and if the mirror is distorted, then so is the reflection.In World War II before television, those outside of the war zone got their information from newspapers, radios, and newsreels, all of which were filtered through2
the individual viewpoints of reporters, their editors, and government censors. TheVietnam War has been called the first televised war, but even these images were filteredthrough a few major networks which were censored by their editors and the government.In the new age of the 21
century we have Internet access with technologicalmirrors known as digital cameras, cell phones, and all manner of instantaneouscommunication. Because of these mirrors the editors and the censors are being bypassedand the mirror of truth is laying bare the lies of governments and the atrocities of war.Who hasn’t heard about the Abu Ghraib torture scandal? Everyone is buzzing aboutWiki leaks, not to mention the numerous incidents of police brutality that have beencaptured. The phenomena of Facebook allowed Egyptians to plan out and execute arelatively nonviolent overthrow of an oppressive government and the violence that didoccur was instantly transmitted out to the World Wide Web for the entire world to see.Literally on another front, many believe that our erratic weather patterns are areflection of the turbulence going on within human consciousness and many believe thatthis turbulence is the chaos that precedes the birth of something new.If you do acknowledge that we are all one, then each one of us is a mirror to eachother in a holographic manner from the macrocosm of the collective, down to themicrocosm of our individual selves, down to the sub-personalities that make up what wethink of as “I”, but is in fact many. Some of our sub-personalities we like and weconstantly take them out and show them to the world. Others we don’t like and werepress them, making them our shadow, which we don’t want to acknowledge.Mirrors often show us what we do not want to see. If you have the ability and thestrength to be completely honest with yourself, and you desire to be a whole, integrated3

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