Dark Matter

From BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-16477774 The current theory of dark matter holds that 73% of the universe is dark energy, 23% is dark matter, and just 4% the kind of matter we know well. And how much do we really know about that 4%? Not a lot. Richard Feynman said about quantum physics, “if you think you understand it, you don’t.” There is a mystery in life, in both the quantum field and the unconscious life.

Renown physicist Wolfgang Pauli believed there were similarits between the psyche and life at the quantum level as well. http://ttbook.org/book/einstein-god-and-universe. Carl Jung became very interested in this when Pauli became a patient of his, and through the analysis of Pauli’s dream he formed many of his theories on psychology. He said of the archetypal images Pauli described in his dreams, “These are attempts at being”. Strangely (or maybe not), Jung associated these theories with Alchemy, a practice which ultimate led science and spirituality to part ways during the Renaissance.

The fundamental thesis Jung is advancing about the relationship between Alchemy and Psychology is that for pre-scientific humans there is not a sharp distinction between subject and object and thus this leads them to unconsciously project their own inner states onto external objects (especially objects that are mostly unknown to them), so a reflective analysis of alchemical symbols becomes revelatory about the unconscious psychic life of this time period. Prior to this rational segregation of experience the world was a totally different one, phenomenologically, as people did not distinguish between the qualities of the object they were perceiving and their own values, emotions, and beliefs.

All religions incorporate the physical aspects of life through a sacred geometry and all religions express one goal, that of transformation. Now think about this, “Our theories of dark matter say that it should form a giant intricate cosmic web and that’s exactly what we see in this data, a cosmic web that’s housing the galaxies that we can see,” Dr Heymans told BBC News. The Native Americans as well as Buddhists in India recognized this through religion long before science. They expressed it in the myths of the Spider woman who weaves the web of the universe and the net of Indra which is a net of pearls where in each reflects the other ad infinitum.

Dark matter in the universe

Spider woman the creator who weaves the web of life.

The net of Indra

If we are confident that Schrodinger and his cat (if you don’t know this study, google it) are really on to something and if we understand the metaphors of Indra and the Spider Woman, then the implication is that our consciousness, our perspective, creates our world. All is connected, all is part of a whole, all is reflected in the other, tat tvam asi, your world is created by your thoughts, and all change occurs through the transformation of  your consciousness.


Here is my theory about dark matter – If: 23% of the universe is dark matter; Dark matter holds together the rest of the matter that is necessary for the creation of life; Jung and Campbell thought women are the vehicle and representation of life; The monthly cycles of a woman that bring forth life are intimately associated with the celestial cycles. Then: This is why women need dark chocolate when they have PMS.

And what does Steven Hawking, our genius de jour, find to be the most mysterious matter in the universe? Women.


Chocolate Ganache Tart (from Marthastewart.com)

  • 3 tablespoons slivered blanched almonds
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups (spooned and leveled) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange or lemon zest, (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
  • 12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make dough: In a food processor, pulse almonds until finely ground. Add sugar, flour, zest (if desired), and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, pulsing until coarse crumbs form with no large butter lumps (dough should clump together when squeezed with fingers). Immediately transfer dough to a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Using a measuring cup, evenly press dough in bottom and up sides of pan. Bake in center of oven until golden brown and firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 1 hour.
Make ganache: Place chocolate in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream to a boil. Pour hot cream, through a sieve, over chocolate. Stir until smooth and creamy in texture. Mix in vanilla. Pour chocolate mixture into center of cooled tart shell (if chocolate is lumpy, pass through a sieve). Let stand until set, about 2 hours, or chill for 1 hour.
I am going to make this over the weekend. I like to sprinkle mine with toasted coconut and serve it with some homemade rose whipped cream. If you are really inspired to get meta-physical, sprinkle it with coarse sea salt until it looks like the night sky. Your own little universe in your own little kitchen.

Does that look like the Milky Way to you?


One thought on “Dark Matter

  1. Love the blog! I recently found it… and I love your liberal use of chocolate recipes! I totaly agree with your quote: “All is connected, all is part of a whole, all is reflected in the other, tat tvam asi, your world is created by your thoughts, and all change occurs through the transformation of your consciousness.”

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