We are on a universal edge, where much that we knew from before as justice or government or environmental standard, is being pushed over an edge of what we can even recognise. The edge is no longer something alternative at a minor fringe of experiment in relation to the larger picture of what is happening. The edge is where we as a global culture are at. There is no longer a system that functions in recognisable ways, with fringe edges at which we experiment with life.
Global Synapses specialises in an intelligence of how to act at the edges. The edge requires that we learn from the old at the point at which it transforms into the new. We acknowledge what has been without attachment and at the same time allow the energy of renewal to motivate the crossing into the new. We make the balance of our life to allow a new universal direction to form between us.
An edge becomes alive when five or six people connect together in recognition of the line of transformation that is being drawn through them. These have to be people, who know and love the terrain of the old and yet who are willing to hold alongside this, a space for the jump into the new. When such people come together the edge that forms creates a boundary for a new space. Physically the transition is given place to know itself.
Edge of darkness and light
Johann Wolfgang Goethe was not only a poet, playwright, novelist, statesman, theatre director, critic, and artist, he was also a scientist. By repeating the light spectrum experiment of Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727), he discovered that the colors were not simply parts of white light. Although the results of Goethe’s experiment leave no room for ambiguity, scientism still clinged to Newton’s wrong conclusions.
Newton understood light as being built out of colours red, green and blue. One makes up light through the experience of adding together colours, out of these basic three. So the summing of light always combines these basic three identities.
Goethe scientifically proved that colours do not originate from fragmented white light. Instead, colours emerge where light and darkness meet. Newton only examined the case of light in front of a background of darkness. At these borders, we find on one side the colours of indigo and purple, and on the other side the colours of red and orange. When these border colours overlap each other, the full colour spectrum emerges, with magenta or green in the middle.
Read more about Goethe and Newton’s approaches here
From Experience Colour Exhibition Stourbridge September 2018
With an inversion of the experiment to have a light surround of a dark centre, the prism experiment of Goethe produces a complementary spectrum of yellow, magenta and cyan.
The complementary spectra represent the two ways of engaging with the world, in which Global Synapses is seeking balance.
In Newton’s spectrum (right hand) the colours add to the darkness, in their separate individual energies. The individual colours are distinguished in their separateness to show an exact picture of what is there. This is the basis of a science of reductionism, where physical elements ( or colour in this case) explains the phenomena (of light) against a background of abstraction (darkness).
In Goethe’s spectrum (left), the colours subtract from the unity of white by taking away energy, as gateways to seeing the whole. The individual colours surrender into showing the contour of the whole, softening light in the relief of difference (as Turner’s painting moves us into specific feeling of joy). The ordered spectrum of colour leads us to the meaning of light. This is the foundation of a science of wholeness, where individuals surrender into the relief of a collective energy as illumination of the whole.
Goethe’s Harmonic Color Wheel shows beautifully that all the colors together originate from both light (Yang) and darkness (Yin).
The context expands until including the most diverse and comprehensive unity in its realisation. A dynamic of the lightening of darkness calls into being a whole consensus of the worth of the the One who journeys through being.
Goethe proved that both light and darkness are required for the perception of colors. By solely focussing on light and completely ignoring darkness, scientism once again shows its unscientific bias.
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