- 1 Does Everything have its own spirit?
- 2 The Multiverse Revealed by Shinto Philosophy
- 3 The Relation with Wave Functions in Quantum Mechanics
Does Everything have its own spirit?
Does everything in the world have its own spirit?
Most philosophers have discussed the above question.
In philosophy, such a view is called as panpsychism which is the view that consciousness, mind, or soul is a universal and primordial feature of all things.
Also, in Japanese Shinto, it is believed that everything in nature is possessed by spirits, from trees and rocks, to rivers and mountains.
Regarding this view, Onisaburo Deguchi, a great Shinto master, explained the relation between the spirit world and the physical world in his writings, "The Story of the Spirit World."
Everything in the real world is a reflection of the counterpart in the spirit world.
In other words, the real world is a kind of image which reflect the spirit world as the true image.
This is the reason why the real world has been called as "Utushiyo (the mirror world)" in Shinto.
Deguchi Onisaburo (1871-1948). He was a spiritual leader of religious movement in Japan in the early 1900s. He left a voluminous amount of prophetic writings. According to his followers, Onisaburo's prediction rate is more than 95%. Even today, his predictions are coming true, such as Apple Watch, Multicoptor, Maglev and so on.
Then, Onisaburo compared the relation between the physical world and the spirit world as the relation between an object and its photographic image.
From a modern point of view, the relation between the physical world and the spirit world corresponds to that between a monitor and a cloud database.
In this model, every image on the monitor, such as Alice, a dog, an apple and stones has its corresponding data on the cloud.
Similarly, in Shinto philosophy, it is considered that each element in the physical world has its corresponding spirit in the spirit world.
Some people may not accept the view that the dead matters such as stones also have their spirits.
However, even such people will have to admit the fact that in the above display model, every image on the monitor has its corresponding data on the cloud.
In the display model, the image of stones on the monitor does not move voluntarily and it seems that they are devoid of intelligence, but they actually have their corresponding data on the cloud.
The same is true of the relation between the physical world and the spirit world.
The Multiverse Revealed by Shinto Philosophy
According to Shinto philosophy, each element in the physical world has its corresponding spirit in the spirit world.
However, the time and place of an element in the physical world is not always the same as those of the corresponding spirit in the spirit world.
For example, assume that the Alice' body is in New York at 3 pm in the physical world, but Alice is thinking of arriving in California at 9 pm.
In this case, it can be considered that the part of Alice's spirit may exist in different time and place (e.g. in California at 9 pm) in the spirit world.
Actually, even if Alice's spirit is thinking of arriving in California at 9 pm in the spirit world, Alice's body may be there at 12 pm in physical world after a delay of three hours due to various factors, such as an airline strike and a traffic jam.
Mathematical Model of Shinto Multiverse
This implies that, to specify the position where Alice's spirit and body exist, it would be appropriate to introduce a new coordinate (S) in addition to the spatial coordinates (X, Y, Z) and time coordinate (T) (See Fig.1).
Fig.1 The Mathematical Model of Shinto Multiverse
Here, we denote by “S” the degree of spirituality (or immateriality) of an element where “S” can take a real number from 0 to 1 and as S approaches 1, the element is more immaterial.
For example, when S = 1, the element is in a full immaterial state, that is, the element is in the immaterial state of 100%.
On the other hand, when S = 0, the element is in a full material state, that is, the element is in the immaterial state of 0%.
Mathematical Model of Law of Transfer
According to Onisaburo, when an event occurred in the spirit world, the event also occurred in the physical world.
Mathematically describing this Onisaburo’s theory, it is considered that each element is born in the full spiritual state (S = 1) at first and then they transfer toward the full material state (S = 0) (See Fig.2).
Fig.2 The Mathematical Model of Law of Transfer
Onisaburo called such a transition from the full spiritual state (S = 1) to the full material state (S = 0) as “Law of Transfer”, "Law of Reflection" or “Copy Law.”
The Solution to the Mind-Body Problem
In this model, the flow of Alice's spirit discussed above can be explained as seen in the following figure (See Fig. 3).
Fig.3 The explanation of the flow of Alice's spirit
As seen in the above figure, Alice's spirit was born in the full spiritual state (S = 1) at first and then it transfers toward the full material state (S = 0).
This transfer from the spiritual state to the material state can be compared to the flow of a river.
Here, assume that Alice is upper in a river and Bob is down in the river.
They are apart from each other and thus they cannot interact directly.
However, if Alice floats an apple on the right side of the river, then Bob will see the same apple on the right side in the river.
On the other hand, if Alice floats an apple on the left side in the river, then Bob will see the same apple on the left side in the river.
In this case, Alice and Bob do not interact directly with each other, but Alice can determine and control the position of an apple which Bob will see down in the river.
In other words, Alice can take advantage of the flow of the river to control the position of the apple down in the river without interacting directly with Bob.
Here, replace the upstream and downstream river with the mind and the body respectively, and the position of an apple up and down in the river with motion of the mind and the body.
Upstream river → the mind
Downstream river → the body
position of an apple up and down in the river → motion of the mind and the body
Thus, you can easily understand that the mind can control the body without any interaction between them.
This is the solution to the mind-body problem according to Shinto philosophy.
The Relation with Wave Functions in Quantum Mechanics
In the simplest case, the universe is composed of two kinds of worlds, that is, the spirit world (S = 1) and the physical world (S = 0).
This model consisting of the two-world system corresponds to the Cartesian dualism.
However, in Eastern philosophy, it is considered that there are a lot of worlds depending on the different degrees of immateriality.
For example, in Buddhism, it is considered that the number of the worlds is 3000, so the Buddhist often calls the universe as “Three Thousand Worlds.”
Considering this, we can also assume an intermediate state (0 < S < 1) which is neither the full spiritual state (S = 1) nor the full material state (S = 0).
A good example of such an intermediate state is a wave function Ψ in quantum mechanics (See Fig. 4).
Fig.4 The Relation with a wave function in quantum mechanics.
In this model, with the flow from the full spiritual state (S = 1) to the full material state (S = 0), wave functions can collapse without intervention of any observers.
On the other hand, without the above flow, wave functions will never collapse and the specific material state will never be realized in the physical world.
It should be noted that the body does not interact with the mind, just as the material does not interact with its wave function.
The Definition of the 5th Dimension in Shinto Philosophy
From the above discussion, it will be clear that our physical world is just a mere part of the vast universe which includes multiple worlds depending on the degree of the immateriality.
Furthermore, the introduction of the new coordinate (S) corresponds to the expansion of the spatial and temporal dimensions (X, Y, Z, T) (See Fig. 5).
Fig.5 The Relation between the 4 dimensions (X, Y, Z, T) and the 5th dimension (S).
Therefore, it would be appropriate to consider that there are at least 5 dimensions in the universe which is also shown in Hitsuki Shinji, the words of revelation received from the Shinto God.
Furthermore, in Shinto philosophy, it is considered that the Law of Transfer is attributed to the flow of the 5th dimension and this flow is the crucial force for creating everything in the universe.
August 16, 2018
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