The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

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The-Tibetan-Book-of-Living-and-Dying

THE UNIVERSAL PROCESS 357

one is our three-dimensional world of objects, space, and time,

which he calls the explicate or unfolded order. What does he

believe this order is unfolded from? A universal, unbroken

field, "a ground beyond time," the implicate or enfolded order, as

he terms it, which is the all-encompassing background to our

entire experience. He sees the relationship between these two

orders as a continuous process where what is unfolded in the

explicate order is then re-enfolded into the implicate order. As

the source that organizes this process into various structures,

he "proposes" (a word he likes to use since his whole philosophy

is that ideas should be created out of the free flow of dialogue,

and be always vulnerable) the super-implicate order, a yet

subtler and potentially infinite dimension.

Could not a vivid parallel be drawn between these three

orders and the three kayas and the process of the bardos? As

David Bohm says: "The whole notion of the implicate order is,

to begin with, a way of discussing the origin of form from out

of the formless, via the process of explication or unfolding." 5

I am also inspired by David Bohm's imaginative extension

of this way of understanding matter that arose out of quantum

physics to consciousness itself, a leap that I think will

come to be seen as more and more necessary as science opens

and evolves. "The mind," he says, "may have a structure similar

to the universe and in the underlying movement we call

empty space there is actually a tremendous energy, a movement.

The particular forms which appear in the mind may be

analogous to the particles, and getting to the ground of the

mind might be felt as light." 6

Hand in hand with his notion of implicate and explicate

order, David Bohm has imagined a way of looking at the relationship

between the mental and the physical, between mind

and matter, called soma-significance. As he writes: "The notion

of soma-significance implies that soma (or the physical) and its

significance (which is mental) are not in any sense separately

existent, but rather that they are two aspects of one overall

reality." 7

For David Bohm, the universe manifests three mutually

enfolding aspects: matter, energy, and meaning.

From the point of view of the implicate order, energy and matter

are imbued with a certain kind of significance which gives form to

their overall activity and to the matter which arises in that activity.

The energy of mind and of the material substance of the brain are

also imbued with a kind of significance which gives form to their

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