Due to overwhelming popularity of the New Year greeting post as 2016 dawned ,
While Customs Slept has been revised and re-booted here to herald this new year.
While Customs Slept
I could give all to Time except – except
What I myself have held. But why declare
The things forbidden that while the Customs slept
I have crossed to Safety with? For I am There,
And what I would not part with I have kept.
— from “I Could Give All to Time” by Robert Frost
A calendar is the beacon of the Fourth Dimension which is customarily known as Time. The calendar provides for an annual year ending along with, quite reasonably and logically, an annual year beginning. Demarcation for this auspicious time segmentation is popularly known in the USA and certain other earthly locales as “New Year’s Eve”. Followers of the Gregorian calendar naturally recognize the date of December 31 as New Year’s Eve. More pointedly, at that timeless stroke of midnight, the gateway of New Year’s Eve morphs into the portal of the coming year. There, you have the opportunity to catch a fleeting glimpse of the new year’s raw beauty even as you necessarily embark into its unrefined metes-and-bounds.
The Fool card pictured above is from the famous Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. The Fool can wander aimlessly through a lifetime of years as a perpetual adolescent or “newbie” loaded with unrealized potential, never evolving any degree of self-mastery or conscious
awareness. There certainly is that option out there of meandering through year after year as an essentially unevolving, unintegrated, uncultivated human being — toting the
baggage of experience that becomes nothing but an increasingly heavy burden. No
dishonor there; Free Will must prevail. However, beware: It is a closely guarded open
secret that such an optional choice is actually not extant for the Enterprising Spirit!
One of the customary images of the new year is an infant, ostensibly symbolizing the birth of a new year. For us mortal creatures, it is
reasonable to suggest the new year represents a RE-birth — with eyes wide open and varying
degrees of time and experience under our belts. This re-birthing can also be a sloppy affair, with the degree of sloppiness often relative to the quantities of champagne and sentiment
Customs for ringing in the new year vary throughout the world of course. At midnight in Italy, New Year’s revelers fling old pots, pans, and even furniture out of windows. This
action naturally symbolizes casting away the old in favor of the new with the release of past sorrows to make way for future happiness.
(One American pilgrim — who shall remain nameless here — lived in Italy for some years way-back-when and gleefully adopted this custom. He continues this annual custom to the present. However, after noisily and aggressively tossing the old item out the door or window, he long ago took to stealthfully scampering out like a miscreant mouse and moving the discarded item to his outside garbage or recycle can lest the item cause an accident, end up doing damage, or result in work for somebody in disposing of it. This amendment to the custom has reportedly — according to the nameless pilgrim — not messed with the hoped-for results of the custom and thus is “surely in keeping with the spirit of the custom”. That conclusion may be arguable, but at least the pilgrim’s amendment demonstrates some aptitude for courtesy and adaptability.)
A more universal customary activity in anticipation of a new year is the provision of new year’s resolutions. It should be a mere statement of the obvious that this often hapless activity of dubious merit is often not grounded in an environment for success and runs short on sustainability.
As a point of consideration, contemplation, reflection, and/or analysis in your annual re-birthing, why not compile a cumulative inventory of your “Catalytic Conversions” to bear in conscious mind and actually celebrate as you embark on the journey of a new year?
As explored at 33 Gateway Lane, a Catalytic Conversion is NOT the AHA! moment as ponderously popularized by Oprah; moment of insight; “connecting the dots”; realizing a lesson learned; an ostensibly positive or negative dynamic; or visceral cues. It is duly noted that any of these potentially seminal moments can constitute a Catalytic Conversion, but such is the rara avis and then only where extraordinary conditions and circumstances are interwoven. More often than not, such experiential reality is cathartic and/or lends itself toward setting the stage for a Catalytic Conversion.
Certainly it is an important and worthy effort of great merit to maintain a cumulative log, reference list, journal, and/or workbook with appropriate levels of detail regarding
seminal experiences as noted above — no question about that, all hands down! Life is so full, it can be easy (if not occasionally convenient!) to lose sight of such vital experiences. Consequently the documentation of those experiential impacts should entail relevant
attributions, explanations, backstories, meanings, contexts, and other pertinent details. Experiential impacts comprise the sum and substance of one’s infrastructure of becoming, and thus the documentation constitutes an ever-increasingly valuable crucible.
Experiential impacts comprise the sum and substance of one’s infrastructure of becoming…
Generally stated, experiential reality is within the scope of the Four Dimensions (breadth, height, depth, time), and thus experienced in a linear fashion in accordance with the operational laws of the Four Dimensions indicated as follows:
When you view the four-dimensional illustration of experiential reality
provided above, note that your point-of-view or perspective is from
the Fifth Dimension
The linear and concrete nature of written or spoken words generally fail to convey impact as well as the breadth, height, depth, time of a Catalytic Conversion. The nexus of the
Catalytic Conversion is abstract, and the linear nature of language generally does not have the adequate capacity to capture the ineffable. Silence as such is generally more effective, because efforts with verbiage in explaining the details and circumstances and meanings of a Catalytic Conversion is typically diminishing and reductionist.
Accordingly, thank goodness we have symbols!
4 REALMS OF BEING 4 DIMENSIONS WIZARD OF OZ
Intuition Breadth Dorothy
Intellect Height Scarecrow
Emotion Depth Tin Man
Instinct Time Lion
Lord knows that symbolism is dynamically customary here at 33 Gateway Lane! A symbol is, generally stated, an image or object:
A single word or a few words can comprise a symbol:
According to Wikipedia (supplemented with the special assistance of Snoopy!), “A symbol is an object or a concept that represents, stands for or suggests another idea, visual image, belief, action or material entity. Symbols take the form of
or visual images…
…and are used to convey other ideas and beliefs. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for “STOP”. On a map, a blue line might represent a river. Numerals are symbols for numbers. Alphabetic letters may be symbols for sounds. Personal names are symbols representing individuals. A red rose may symbolize love and compassion. The variable x in a mathematical equation may symbolize the position of a particle in space.“
— Phoenix detail from Aberdeen Bestiary —
What does the symbol above mean to you?
Significantly, a symbol representative of the Catalytic Conversion invariably and inevitably emerges for you to keep and use! It is not necessarily a material symbol of some sort, but rather may be intended to reside in your mind’s eye. Whatever the symbol, consider it a sacred gift. And pay attention to it!
The seminal component of a Catalytic Conversion is that it is experienced from the Fifth
Dimension while necessarily engaging the Four Dimensions simultaneously. Accordingly, the Catalytic Conversion is an abstract experience experienced in both the abstract and
linear reality of an individual. The linear reality is necessary because action is taking place — you are “doing something” with your five senses — while simultaneously undergoing some degree of conversion or, equally stated, transition or “re-wiring” or trajectory via your Sixth Sense. Following a Catalytic Conversion, one’s life is at least nominally and often dramatically never the same. One’s structure of being is altered.
Following a Catalytic Conversion, one’s life is at least nominally and often dramatically never the same. One’s structure of being is altered.
You can always know about a Catalytic Conversion, though it is typically only identified and comprehended as such retrospectively. By its nature, you are likely unaware of the Catalytic Conversion taking place at the time because you are engaged in the situation at all four levels from the “driver’s seat” of the fifth level — you are doing the necessary work involved to facilitate the Catalytic Conversion. Accordingly, there is no sense of differentiated subject and object, of duality, of conscious time or space. The transcendent and temporal are simultaneous.
Wikipedia defines a kaleidoscope as “…a cylinder with mirrors containing loose, colored objects such as beads or pebbles and bits of glass. As the viewer looks into one end, light entering the other end creates a colorful pattern, due to the reflection off the mirrors…. As the tube is rotated, the tumbling of the coloured objects presents varying colours and
patterns. Arbitrary patterns show up as a beautiful symmetrical pattern created by the
Using the kaleidoscope in an analogy for purposes of further understanding, let’s say a person basically lives one’s everyday life variously working with the loose, colored objects contained in the kaleidoscope cylinder. The experiential impacts as noted above may be manifest and observed in context of the view when you look through the kaleidoscope. A Catalytic Conversion is analogous to when you observe the view through a kaleidoscope and you rotate the tube to some degree — simultaneously.
The graphical illustration provided above represents a fundamental blueprint of the
Catalytic Conversion scenario as explored at 33 Gateway Lane. The requisite balanced composition of the Four Dimensions and corresponding Four Realms of Being configures and accordingly yields the gateway of the Fifth Dimension and corresponding Fifth Realm of Being, as shown here as the center squared area with the four gateways of Spirit splayed out. In essence, the illustrations above and below this paragraph reflect that condition where “the dance and the dancer are one”. It is noted that a Catalytic Conversion is the only experience that happens in the realm of Eternity simultaneously within and outside of the realm of Time. This is a condition of all elements and components of an Enterprising Spirit working in singular concert from the vantage point of Spirit.
We are all singular, unique human beings as manifest of the Spirit of the Fifth Dimension within the context of the Four Dimensions by one’s unique circumstances of, say, birth date, time, location, and situation. One is both the creator and created in that particular point of the universe. A Catalytic Conversion is also a unique, differentiated point of singularity for the individual. There is no other “You” in the universe. Any Catalytic Conversion you undergo is uniquely yours alone because you uniquely created it, did the unique work of it, and are uniquely changed. You are the catalyst of change of your Self.
Have you ever had a Catalytic Conversion? It is likely you have undergone at least one during the course of your lifetime; perhaps there have been several or many for you over time; perhaps one or more are in your future. There is no “correct” number applicable to everyone; just the correct number for you.
It is opined at 33 Gateway Lane that Carpaccio’s “Vision of St. Augustine” provided above captures a Catalytic Conversion in progress. Wildly pretending for a moment that the painting accurately portrays the circumstance for St. Augustine, what symbol emerges for you to characterize and represent that Catalytic Conversion?
All 78 cards of the Tarot Deck are symbols; interpretations, implications, and meanings of each symbol can vary, based upon the individual in question. It is not cast in stone that the Fool card of the Tarot deck is on a march of folly. It is quite feasible that the Fool card captures a Catalytic Conversion in progress. Or, what hero’s journey does not include
stepping into the unknown or taking a leap of faith? One cinematic hero on one of his cinematic heroic journeys encounters a circumstance similar to that depicted in the Fool card. If you have seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade then you know what happens in that circumstance.
Many movies include a Catalytic Conversion. You would think that once one has some sense of what a Catalytic Conversion is, it would likely be a simple task to watch a movie and then identify a Catalytic Conversion and discern its emergent symbol with alacrity. Good luck with that. Consider the movie called The Matrix. Now one might quickly identify Neo’s meeting the Oracle as the Catalytic Conversion. And good grief — isn’t the cookie a great symbol!
Well — yes it is, except it isn’t the symbol, and meeting the Oracle isn’t the Catalytic
Conversion. (SPOILER ALERT: Later in the movie, Neo identifies the symbol while realizing the impact of his Catalytic Conversion.)
In her bestselling 1969 autobiography The Honeycomb, writer Adela Rogers St. Johns
relates the entertaining backstory of her first by-line newspaper story as a 19-year old rookie reporter in 1913. It was a major story. Important. And — through various measures of bumbling, resourcefulness, ignorance, tenacity, and some blind luck — she got the exclusive “scoop”. This significant experience really launched her into what emerged as a 35-year career in William Randolph Hearst’s inner circle of star newspaper reporters. Further, she recounts a 1936 encounter with a fellow Hearst reporter:
One night during the Alfred Landon Presidential convention in Cleveland, John Aloysius Clements and I were sitting around having a few beers and I said, “Do you know it’s possible that one experience flavored my whole career such as it is?”
He said, “One experience flavors everybody’s career. Or maybe three or four. You just have to figure them out.”
So it is with Catalytic Conversions in your own unique pilgrim’s progress.
We do not consciously or unconsciously choose our Catalytic Conversions. However, NOTE WELL: Our Catalytic Conversions comprise the energetic we act upon for ongoing life choices; consciously so if you know what your Catalytic Conversions are, or unconsciously if you do not. Such consideration may be a compelling impetus in identifying your Catalytic Conversions, particularly in the revealing light of wisdom as variously expressed in the “Harry Potter” series by author J.K. Rowling: It is not our abilities that define us — it is the choices we make. Similarly:
I am not what happened to me,
I am what I choose to become.
— Carl Jung, founder of Analytical Psychology
May your choices along the way of your pilgrim’s progress in 2017 be golden. Oh —
and remember: THERE IS NO SPOON !
All best regards to you!