Three States of Being
our role within them
I wish to set aside comparisons and parallels between
shamanism’s three states of being - linear, non-linear
and corporeal - and those of Potential, Probability and
their energetic exchange, emerging in quantum
physics at the moment. Although these are clearly
analogous, I will draw these into our conversation at a
later point and remain just within shamanic descriptions
I will rephrase these concepts a number of times in the
paragraphs below so don’t get too worried if I have not
made it fully clear for you early on. Please bear with me as this is a bit like trying to
describe the taste of a pear to someone who has never
One definition set important to our discussion is that
of linear and non-linear.
has a past, present and future; it is a consistent
progression along a perceived time-line. Our physical
(corporeal – with body) universe is linear.
is without past, present and future, it is one moment
containing all, a soup of infinity. Science has now
advanced far enough that it is ‘bumping’ up against the
non-linear in the form of super-positioning, collapsing
wave theory and much more, but more on this later.
The shamanic reality of our universe is a complex
interplay of energy, matter and spirit. Allow me to
specify that I am not talking about theologies here
(biblical definitions etc.), but rather, this is more a
discussion mirrored in physics too.
Spirit and energy are non-linear, polar partners,
positive and negative. The concept that spirit and
energy are non-linear is essential and central to
understanding the nature of our physical universe.
The linear, corporeal existence we know as our physical
universe is an interface point science calls an event, a
place of exchange between energy (Potential) and spirit
(Probability). All events
have event horizons; the multi-phase transition points
between the elements constructing an event. Don’t sweat
it if that is a bit vague right now, explanations are
Essentially, energy is potential without form; likewise,
spirit too is formless, but it retains the morphic
memories and resonances including the experiences and
knowledge of its linear existence. Spirit echoes
the Probability which resolved it.
Corporeal (physical) existence [primarily life]
generates the Potential, elemental energy. Spirit requires
exchange with that energy and gives rise to the physical with which to be alive to
complete the cycle; resulting in the enduring Outer
‘oomph’, the guts, the power behind our three states of
being. Where the potential for spirit exists, so must
the energy through which that spirit can manifest and
Let’s try it from another angle. Energy is pure
non-linear potential without form. Spirit is the
non-linear, cumulative pool of thoughts, feeling,
emotions, experience and being that has come from linear
existence. Matter is the event state of energy’s
transition through linear matter into spirit. Without
energy, matter can not be; without matter, spirit can
not be; without spirit, energy can not be.
In a non-linear void, the immediate and quasi-infinitely
vast possibility and potential of life must be
realised. That potential creates an immense state of
energetic inequality abhorred by all observed sciences.
This vast potential must call into being energy so that
matter and its potential may be realised. Think of
these (very inaccurately but very conveniently) as positive and negative
electrical charges needing to act in a circuit.
It is interesting that when I propose this to ‘classical
physicists’, they dismiss it quite fast. When posed to
quantum theorists, the response is often more of a
thoughtful, “hmmm, let me think about that for a
while…”; typically followed by some variant of, “you
know, that kind of falls in line with the work of…”.
Life and matter generates Spirit whilst
it acts as a medium of exchange between Potential and
is the energetic reality of the three states of being.
It is the impetus of the non-linear and the linear and
the energetic medium which constantly recreates our
physical universe from moment to moment. Matter
modulates Potential's resolution and distillation from formless energy to
defined Probability, or spirit
- spirit being essentially the sum total of all matter’s
reality, knowledge and experience.
Understand here that I refer to all lives, animate and
inanimate (to us) of all worlds and of all matter. If
matter begets life, then all matter is required for
life. A bit like the Zen statement that, ‘either all is
holy, or none is’. Either all matter contributes to
Spirit, or none does
OK, time for a re-phrase – let’s put it another way
again: spirit forms energy into matter on one part of
its cycle - imagine a ‘figure 8’ here - and the
potential of spirit manifests its counter and
collaborative deconstruction of matter back to energy in
a cycle which self contained.