The Torus - Dynamic Flow Process
Whereas the Vector Equilibrium represents the ultimate stillness of energy, the Torus shows us how energy moves in its most balanced dynamic flow process. The important thing to understand about the torus is that it represents a process, not just a particular form.
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A torus consists of a central axis with a vortex at both ends and a surrounding coherent field. Energy flows in one vortex, through the central axis, out the other vortex, and then wraps around itself to return to the first incoming vortex. The simplest description of its overall form is that of a donut, though it takes many different shapes, depending upon the medium in which it exists. For example, a smoke ring in air or a bubble ring in water are both very donut shaped. And yet an apple or an orange, which are both torus forms, are more overtly spherical. Plants and trees all display the same energy flow process, yet exhibit a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Hurricanes, tornadoes, magnetic fields around planets and stars, and whole galaxies themselves are all toroidal energy systems. Extending this observation of the consistent presence of this flow form into the quantum realm, we can postulate that atomic structures and systems are also made of the same dynamic form.
Here's a video showing a simple example of a torus flow using a spring metal hoop:
And here's a video by NASA showing toroidal field dynamics around spinning pulsar stars inside our galaxy.
In our model of cosmometry, the torus is the fundamental form of balanced energy flow found in sustainable systems at all scales. It is the primary component that enables a seamless fractal embedding of energy flow from micro-atomic to macro-galactic wherein each individual entity has its unique identity while also being connected with all else. In the words of pioneering researching Arthur Young:
“The self in a toroidal Universe can be both separate and connected with everything else.”
For example, our Sun has a large toroidal field surrounding it — the heliosphere — that is itself embedded inside a vastly larger toroidal field encompassing the Milky Way galaxy. Our Earth’s magnetic field is surrounding us and is inside the Sun’s field, buffering us from the direct impact of solar electromagnetic radiation. Earth’s atmosphere and ocean dynamics are toroidal and are influenced by the surrounding magnetic field. Ecosystems, plants, animals, etc all exhibit torus flow dynamics and reside within and are directly influenced by (and directly influence) the Earth’s atmospheric and oceanic systems. And on it goes inward into the ecosystems and organs of our bodies, the cells they’re made of, and the molecules, atoms and sub-atomic particles they’re made of…
Here's an animation of the distinct toroidal form of a red blood cell.
In this way we can see that there is a seamlessly dynamic exchange of energy and information (a.k.a consciousness) occurring throughout the entire cosmic experience. It is like a “stepping down” and “stepping up” from level to level wherein the balance of energy dynamics comes into coherence appropriate to each scale. And yet there is only one whole energy flow occurring throughout the entirety of it. This is what physicist David Bohm calls the Holomovement.
“[Bohm states] "The new form of insight can perhaps best be called Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Movement. This view implies that flow is, in some sense, prior to that of the ‘things’ that can be seen to form and dissolve in this flow"
According to Bohm, a vivid image of this sense of analysis of the whole is afforded by vortex structures in a flowing stream. Such vortices can be relatively stable patterns within a continuous flow, but such an analysis does not imply that the flow patterns have any sharp division, or that they are literally separate and independently existent entities; rather, they are most fundamentally undivided.
Thus, according to Bohm’s view, the whole is in continuous flux, and hence is referred to as the holomovement (movement of the whole).”
From The Holographic Universe, by Michael Talbot
Visionary artist Alex Grey captures the essence of this in his painting from the Sacred Mirrors series, Universal Mind Lattice:
This insight is profound in its implications, especially when we consider that even the most fundamental energy event — a photon of light — can be seen as a toroidal fluctuation emanating from the underlying Unified Field. This suggests that, even within the non-manifest state of the Unified Field there is potentially a current flow occurring, though within a dynamic equilibrium that maintains the balanced structure of the Field until such time as enough localized spin occurs and a photon (and all else in the known universe) emerges into an observable state. (The dynamics of dark energy and dark matter may well be explained by this concept, as will be explored elsewhere.)
"The first significant challenge to mechanism came from Einstein, who claimed there were deep contradictions in the very notion of an independently existing particle. He proposed that what we normally think of as a particle is actually a temporary localized pulse emerging from a larger field, very much as a vortex temporarily forms from the dynamic flowing of a stream."
From The Essential David Bohm, edited by Lee Nichol
Centered By Stillness
Continuing our exploration of the torus as a form and flow process, one of the key characteristics of it is that at its very center, the entire system comes to a point of ultimate balance and stillness — in other words, perfect centeredness. Like the center point of the vector equilibrium, this is the center point “singularity” of the torus. And since we’re really talking about a unified model of cosmometry (even though we’re describing the model’s constituent parts “separately”), this center point is one and the same in both the VE and the torus. In the VE, it’s the center of the system in its state of unmanifest perfect equilibrium. In the torus it’s the center of the system in its state of manifest flow process.
As in the case of a black whole singularity at the center of galaxies, this center point within all systems connects the system continuously with the underlying Unified Field (energy and information return to the zero-point source state of infinite density via a singularity). In this way, everything is unified and holographically present as the Unified Field informs every manifest entity of the entirety of the cosmos in every moment, and every entity informs the entire cosmos of its localized presence via the Unified Field. This kind of reciprocal exchange is a primary feature of toroidal systems, wherein the individual is informed and influenced by its surrounding environment, and the surrounding environment is informed and influenced by the individual, in a continuous balanced rhythmic interchange.
"...a reciprocal relationship enables a qualitative relation between structure and background, in which each has the potential not only to "impact" the other, but to generate transformations in the nature of what each actually is... More broadly considered, the notion of reciprocal relation allows for nested, mutual influence even between macroscopic processes and those at the atomic level, indicating the complexity of the pathways through which the qualitative infinity of nature may manifest."
From The Essential David Bohm, edited by Lee Nichol
Double Torus Dynamic
Another fundamental aspect of this ubiquitous flow process is what's called the Double Torus dynamic. This is, simply put, two torus forms "stacked" together and rotating in opposite directions. In this way, energy flows either inward or outward at both poles of a system, rather than in one pole and out the other as in a single torus system. This double torus dynamic appears to be quite common in the cosmos as well, appearing in the energy flows of trees, in the weather patterns of Earth and other planets, in solar dynamics, and even in galaxies.
Here's a video from the film THRIVE with researcher Nassim Haramein describing the double torus dynamic at various scales:
Features and Principles of Healthy Living Systems
The torus as a flow process exhibits a set of characteristis that evolution biologist, Elisabet Sahtouris, has identified as features and principles of healthy living systems. Through her study of living systems (ecosystems, for example), she has observed that when these features are present, the system is balanced and whole. When these features become compromised or absent, the system goes out of balance and becomes dysfunctional and corrupted to the point that it will either collapse completely, transform into a new balanced state, or restore its balance again by restoring the appropriate presence and functioning of these features.
The features of healthy living systems that Sahtouris identified are:
1. Self-creation (autopoiesis)
2. Complexity (diversity of parts)
3. Embeddedness in larger holons and dependence on them (holarchy)
4. Self-reflexivity (autognosis/self-knowledge)
5. Self-regulation/maintenance (autonomics)
6. Response-ability to internal and external stress or other change
7. Input/output exchange of matter/energy/information with other holons
8. Transformation of matter/energy/information
9. Empowerment/employment of all component parts
10. Communications among all parts
11. Coordination of parts and functions
12. Balance of Interests negotiated among parts, whole, and embedding holarchy
13. Reciprocity of parts in mutual contribution and assistance
14. Efficiency balanced by Resilience
15. Conservation of what works well
16. Creative change of what does not work well
As Sahtouris herself states on her website, these features apply “from cells to organisms, ecosystems to Earth, bodies to businesses.”
It is in understanding the unique roles and coordinated wholeness of these features and principles that we can evaluate and restore the dynamic balanced flow within all of our human-contrived systems such as economics, education, health, governance, communications, etc. Each of these, when functioning in a healthy manner, will exhibit characteristics of a torus flow process, and will naturally then interconnect and mutually empower each other in a larger toroidal system that is the synergetic wholeness of all of them combined.
Resonance, Energy and Consciousness
"All things, material and spiritual, originate from one source and are related as if they were one family. The past, present, and future are all contained in the life force. The universe emerged and developed from one source, and we evolved through the optimal process of unification and harmonization."
~ Morihei Ueshiba, The Art of Peace
Unification and harmonization… this is the threshold of evolution we find ourselves at now at a new level of global dynamics and complexity. We have built systems of technologies, economies, governance, education, etc, that do not properly account for the features of healthy living systems. As such, they are reaching the end of their viability and are either going to collapse or become balanced and whole at a higher level or organization and coherence. The choice we have now — perhaps the only viable option — is to align these systems with what we now understand is the way the cosmos creates healthy and sustainable systems… cosmomimicry, as David McConville, president of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, coined it.
Fundamentally, what we are operating from is the principle and tangible effects of resonance. The Unified Field has an infinite potential of energy and creativity. It expresses this as physical and metaphysical phenomena — energy and consciousness — in a continuous and ever evolving flow. The most balanced, coherent, self-generating and self-sustaining form of dynamic flow is the torus. By creating technologies (for example, what are called free-energy devices) and systems that mimic this flow we engender a synchronizing resonance with the cosmic patterning of life and tap into a resource of energy and creativity that is abundant beyond measure. We can do this personally by learning how to become centered in and embody the torus flow dynamic of our own energy beings (which stabilizes and integrates our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual “bodies”, see The Human Experience article). We can do this collectively by understanding that this same dynamic extends into the balanced flow of information and resources throughout local, regional and continental societies. And we can do this technologically by resonating with the fundamental structure of the Unified Field and setting up a harmonic flow form that taps its infinite energy potential in a clean, safe and balanced manner.
This is a glimpse into the powerful effect at all levels of our human, earthly and cosmic experience that applying the dynamic flow process of the torus and the features and principles of healthy living systems can bring into our world.