The Battles of Moytura seem to suggest we have a triple nature. A physical aspect, a mental aspect, and a spiritual aspect. Our mental aspect, symbolized by the Fomorians, can be a great ally to the spiritual, like when our thoughts center on gratitude, compassion, seeing beauty everywhere we tend to grow spiritually. But the mental aspect can be a great enemy of the spiritual, like when we construct prisons of negative thought chatter for ourselves focused on failure, guilt, shame, and other toxic emotions. These feelings, if nursed, can ebb away at our spiritual center. Just as the Fomorians began to exact extreme tribute under the rule of Bres, the Beautiful:
“But in spite of Bres being so beautiful, his reign brought no great good luck to his people; for the Fomor, those whose dwelling place was beyond the sea, began putting tribute on them, the way they would get them under their own rule….And it was a hard tax they put on them, a third part of their milk they asked, and a third part of their corn and a third part of their children, so that there was not smoke rising from a roof in Ireland but was under tribute to them. And Bres made no stand against them, but let them get their way.” – Lady Gregory
Many years ago I became fascinated by the idea of quantum consciousness. That a part of our brain, the creative part, is quantum, and another part more “classical”, the habits and perceptions that make up the world.
One central idea in quantum mechanics is that a particle does not exist as a fixed mass in a fixed space until it is measured, or until consciousness perceives it. Consider a single, lonely electron. Before I peer down to the atomic level and perceive it with my consciousness, it is in the realm of potential. It could be, when measured, in any number of locations, but is not in any of them until I “see” it, then POP! there it is.
This led to Schrodinger’s famous thought experiment with a cat. Since I love cats, I will use a Fomorian. So I have captured this one-eyed Fomorian and popped him in a big box with a single radioactive atom and a geiger counter. The atom will decay according to it’s rules of probability, let’s say 50/50, and the counter will tick. The tick will trigger a hammer which will break a bottle of poison killing the Fomorian. He was a tax collector but that is neither here nor there.
So in 1 hour there is a 50% chance the atom decayed, the counter ticked and the Fomorian shuffled off his moral coil. If we open the box and look there is a 50% chance he is indeed defunct, and a 50% chance he will live to collect taxes another day. But what if we do not look? Quantum mechanics tells us that if we don’t look, or don’t apply our consciousness, the Fomorian is both alive AND dead. Both possibilities remain possible.
I was always stumped by acts of real creativity, of truly bringing something new into the world. Until I began to read about theories of quantum consciousness. A part of your consciousness, that part connected to the universal consciousness has access to that realm of potential, all possibilities. When we have a truly creative solution, we have collapsed that potential down to a new manifest reality. We really are dreaming the world into being. This is, I believe the spiritual side of us, the creative, vast, consciousness we sometimes touch in meditation. The side represented by the Tuatha de Danaan.
But then here come the Fomorians, led by the tax collector that was indeed in my box. Alive. Each time our consciousness reaches into that quantum realm of potential and we experience a moment of reality, we are more likely repeat the process just as we did the first time. And each time our minds perceive something that same way we begin to bypass the part of ourselves that has access to the realm of potential. So we develop habitual ways of viewing the world both at a perceptual level and a habitual thought sort of level. This gives us the illusion of a continuous consciousness in a continuous world.
Now what if we have repeatedly collapsed the potential in a negative of harmful way. “All men are selfish jerks.” “If I go in the water I’ll drown.” “I am not smart enough to do what I really want to do in life.” “People are just out to screw you.” Then this does indeed become our reality and we fail to see any of the sea of possibilities available to us and we can be cut off from the spiritual. Those mental level Fomorians exact quite a tax indeed! The Fomorians of this repeated collapse of potential into a harmful reality really do take hostage our access to the spiritual.
But every once in a while we are faced with a situation where we have no script, where we have for a moment an invitation to peer beyond our certainty that the world and ourselves exist as we perceive them. This is exactly why I became a firewalk instructor. Faced with that moment when all my past Fomorian level experience told me fire would burn me, in a totally new situation, new possibilites became available to me. I took a step, and it was the crack in the facade that I continue to widen with other practices designed to unwind the programs and perceptions I believed were real, but which no longer serve. We have an opportunity to truly make a new, creative choice and begin to unwind the bonds of our own Fomorian tax collectors, maybe meet the good Fomorians like Elatha who came to the Tuatha out of love.
So ends my musings on Fomorians, Physics, and Fire at least on the blog. There is so much more to learn and ways to apply these ideas to change your life. And here is a start:
If you would like to learn more about how the stories of the ancient Celts can lead your deeper into a satisfying soul-centered life, I am giving a series of teachings on the subject at Walking WInds Holistic Center: http://www.walkingwindsholisticcenter.com/workshops.html
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