Mirrors, Shadows and a Holographic Universe

By Adam Shaening-Pokrasso

As humans, we have been gifted with an insatiable curiosity and contagious imagination. Most of us, arrive at a place at some point in our lives where few facts serve to explain the greatest questions of existence, consciousness and being. It’s at this point we go inward to our inner knowing and call on a form of logic which draws not only from our experience but from a more powerful force to support our growth and evolution – our spirit or essence.

Recently, I’ve delved into numerous studies which seek alignment between our universe as it appears, our scientific (and quantum) attempts at understanding of how it works, and the wisdom of indigenous teachings that capture these themes through mythology, metaphor and story. For those of us who ask these questions, unique models in our hearts and minds are able to form, most often built on the morphing archetypes that provide a contextual foundation for our own ideas. I’ll start with Plato’s Allegory of the Cave to call attention to the holographic nature of our universe. In this theoretical model, prisoners sit facing a cave wall with their backs to the cave opening and a fire. Their eyes remain fixed on their own shadows as hidden puppeteers move about a parapet with a show of puppets catching the light from the fire and also casting a shadow on the cave wall. The combination of shadows is enough to create the perceived “existence” where one shadow can be accounted for as one’s self and all the other shadows create the world of “others”.

Recently, numerous cosmologists and physicists have found evidence that would suggest that this metaphor could be more than a theoretical illustration. Calculations that look to understand black holes are now suggesting that a copy of information of all that is pulled into the inescapable gravitational force of a black hole (including light itself) may be stored at the event horizon of the black hole. And while this is a bit of a leap from the mathematics to conclusion, this may suggest that all that exists in a black hole is just a projection of what’s actually stored at it’s edge. So, let’s take this a step further and assume for a moment that, if this applies to our entire universe, all we experience and perceive may simply be a projection of that which exists at the ever expanding boundary of this vast container. In many shamanic teachings this dramatic playground is often referred to as a “dream”.

 In the book The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz writes:

He could understand everyone very well, but no one could understand him. They believed that he was an incarnation of God, and he smiled when he heard this and he said, “It is true. I am God. But you are also God. We are the same, you and I. We are images of light. We are God.” But still the people didn’t understand him. 

He had discovered that he was a mirror for the rest of the people, a mirror in which he could see himself. “Everyone is a mirror,” he said. He saw himself in everyone, but nobody saw him as themselves. And he realized that everyone was dreaming, but without awareness, without knowing what they really are. They couldn’t see him as themselves because there was a wall of fog or smoke between the mirrors. And that wall of fog was made by the interpretation of images of light – the Dream of humans.

Now, let’s journey into the strange world of the quantum. In this realm, it may appear that all physical laws are tossed out and new rules exist for very tiny, sub-atomic particles. From explorations like the double-slit experiment that has been repeated over and over for the past 100+ years to investigations in fields like homeopathy which seek to understand the energetic influence of plants and medicines so diluted that no measurable trace remains, new language must arise for the west to grasp the very medium that we’re made of. In both cases however, the profound concepts of connectedness and energetic influence give rise to what I’ve come to understand intellectually as a mesh that vibrates at different frequencies to form a language of geometry and further gives rise to “things”. And in every vibration, the entire history of the universe exists as echos of the past and highly energized motivation to be something, now. Like ripples in a pond, echoing off the pond walls, each movement, thought, prayer and effort remains in the modulating sea of our entire existence.

Whether a shadow, a hologram, a mirror or simply vibrating sub atomic particles set in motion to form matter – our animal perception struggles to inform us of the underlying forces at work.

I invite you to work with this material. Spend a few moments feeling your own body, not as distinct from the world around you, but as made of the same material. Focus on the exchange of information between you and even the air around you. There is a conversation taking place and we are all participants in it. Now, experiment with thought and prayer to alter the vibration of your own field and work with encoding rich virtues of love, inspiration, compassion and enlightenment. Feel these intentions as they affect the entire universe, starting first with the space that you’re in. Allow these waves in the pond to inform and become informed by other waves they contact. See this intention reaching the far boundaries of this universe and listen for them as they return as echoes, now encoded with the influence of distant information.

Do these exercises appear to have an influence on the world around you? What do you hear, see or feel as you listen to this voice?

Just like our own breathing, our particles do not need to be told to move and exchange energy but they love to take instruction and carry with them, every thought, choice and feeling. And like a well rehearsed orchestra, each voice should strive for true harmonization.

Supporting Texts:

The Four Agreements

The Field

Hidden Messages in Water



Adam Shaening Pokrasso is an artist and creative entrepreneur based in Santa Fe, NM. His company, 12FPS, is a creative agency that works with visual storytelling to promote revolutionary ideas, causes and people. He and his team are known nationally for their work with Fortune 100 tech companies and his collaborations with local Santa Fe groups and the Santa Fe Film and Digital Media Commission help to create economic and creative opportunities for young storytellers in New Mexico. 
Raised in a family who valued the great lessons found in the abundance of nature, inspired by his travels around the world and his close connections to Taos Pueblo and Santa Clara Pueblo, Adam is driven to support the preservation and evolution of native arts and customary ceremonial work of indigenous communities across the globe. Adam is the newest member of the CSEE Board of Directors.