Chapter Six: The TAO of One and All

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

The Table of One and All encompasses and includes all aspects of life into one framework of understanding. In view of its 'infinitely-inclusive' framework, it is able to be used in all areas of experience to reveal deeper insights into life.

The TOA provides deeper context and understanding of relationships, religious ideals, scientific facts, disease, wellbeing, happiness, politics, sociology, psychology etc.

Key Concepts:

  1. Since all is interconnected, the individual exists within a greater “oneness.”
  2. Existence is the 'inseparable duality' of being Known, Defined and Individual while being Unknowable, Indefinite “Whole.”
  3. We are, in a deeper sense, “Undivided Wholeness” experiencing existence as ourselves.
  4. Existence is the unfathomable paradox of Diversity within an Indivisible Unity.
  5. The wave-particle duality of matter and energy, separateness-within-oneness, or diversity-within-unity, has two attributes: the quality of being and the function of doing.
  6. Human cultures (particularly Western cultures) have largely focused on exploring the physical, technological dimension of existence. This has alienated many from their 'spiritual' roots (nonlocal awareness and potentials).
  7. In respect of the dynamic holomovement, we can readily appreciate that humanity is nearing adulthood, having played enough “outside” with the technology and the toys.
  8. The Finite within the Infinite is a universal principle .
  1. The Table of One and All presents in tabular form how human societies, plants, animals and inanimate matter have embodied the indivisible duality of One and All.
  2. Traditionally, males have leant towards being “separate from” (hence the masculine tendency towards the isolated, competitive, combative suitor).
  3. Females have leant towards being “together with” (hence the feminine tendency towards communities, families and herds).
  4. The “left-wing” of the TOA is correlated with community, socialism and the immeasurable (spiritual).
  5. The “right-wing” of the TOA is correlated with individuality, capitalism (the getting of personal wealth, possessions) and the measurable (physical).
  6. The left-wing (of the TOA) is not opposite the right-wing. It makes no sense to say that the individual is opposite the community.
  7. The Tao of One and All (TOA) provides the framework with which to understand all aspects of life.
  8. Apparent contradictions within the Table of One and All (TOA) are fundamentally due to the inability to perfectly separate the part from the “undivided whole.”

Diversity within unity

[Excerpt Chapter Six, Be and Become]

We can readily confirm that the idea of Individuality (Diversity) within Unity is everywhere apparent.

We see examples in terms of our bodies—cooperation of billions upon billions of cells to form skin, organs, bones and other body parts. All such body parts then cooperate to form a functioning body.

We see how many such bodies form families or social groups and how many such families and social groups form communities, nations, global networks and so on.

When we take a step back and look out upon the myriad forms of life on this planet we see complex inderdependent relationships. And yet within that complexity is a simplicity and order which becomes more recognizable the more one compares it with the idea that all exists as “separateness within oneness.”

We can begin to appreciate this sense of separateness-within-oneness by realizing that each are simultaneously necessary to existence. We cannot exist in absolute isolation -- a community would make no sense without individuals (that is, any whole would have no validity without its parts). AS Maharishi Mahesh Yogi observed:

there is one hundred percent diversity and one hundred percent unity, both performing their work at the same time. That is the nature of the work of creation—this is true reality. To us, one seems real and the other unreal. The reality is that both are real at the same time ...1

As pointed out in Chapter Three, we in the West take the measurable world of things —trees, trucks and tables, as being the primary reality. Once again, in terms of traditional Western society, the external physical world of things seems real, while the unknowable-spiritual world seems unreal. In the above quote, Maharishi acknowledged the validity of both the known and the unknown, with neither being more important, real or primary than the other.

All in all, wherever we look, we can see the validity of

  • Diversity within Unity
  • Separateness within Oneness
  • Individuality within Communityl
  • The Known within the Unknown
  • Independence within togetherness
  • One within All

The concepts provided at this site shows how nonlocal fields of potential unfold into everday lived experiences, via 'one within all' frameworks.

  • 1. Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing: Exploring The frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, Bantam Books New York 1989, page 228.

Fractals: the visible interface of physical and 'spiritual'

This section analyses the nature of the interface between finite and infinite, 'spiritual' and physical, as revealed by the deeper fractal nature of life.


[Excerpt Chapter Six, Be and Become, 2000 Sydney]

We can reasonably expect that if the whole-as-the-part model is universal, we will see the model universally apparent in nature.

That is to say, we should expect that the inseparable-duality of the Finite within the Infinite is also readily observable. We should be able to “see” the boundary between the physical and the 'spiritual.'

Perhaps in an analogous sense to those “magic eye” 3-D pictures, we might expect that as we look more closely at the world we will see this inseparable duality.

With the discovery of fractal geometry (the Mandelbrot Set), we have one method by which to recognize how the transition to thingness (physical reality) from no-thingness from whence it comes, occurs.

The Mandelbrot Set (and the general field of fractal geometry) could be considered to be the mathematician’s holographic model of the physical within the spiritual (infinite). For within any section of the Mandelbrot Set’s boundary lies, literally, infinite depth of detail, with each  succeeding layer being a holographic model of the former.

While each succeeding branch or layer of the Mandelbrot Set is new and unique, each one is made in the “image of the father.”

Fractals represent the 'latticework' along which and within which the complex forms of nature naturally incline or unfold. As potentials and possibilities congeal into actuality, the solidification proceeds along certain lines of probabilities, all based on fractal geometry. Remember that individuality allows uncertain, irregular actualization, so fractal geometry is more representative of group behavior rather than individual behavior.

Fractal geometry can be used to 'see' the latticework by which the complex forms of nature naturally incline or unfold.

The geometric patterns given form by fractal geometry intimately imitate many complex forms in nature including inanimate objects, flora and fauna. In other words, fractal geometry can be thought of as the draftsmen’s drawings or blueprints by which nature in its infinite complexity seems to construct itself. And these draftsmen’s drawings are all variants of the one simple formula which maps the interface between the infinite and the finite. As James Gleick observed 'At the boundary life blossoms.'

Fractal geometry helps map or chart the process of solidification of 'infiniteness' into localized matter and energy - in effect, fractal geometry maps the interface between the 'spiritual' and the physical.

Fractal geometry can be used to create images which mimic the images of nature, some examples of which include trees, fern leaves (Figure 6.1), cliffs, capillary beds and entire mountain ranges complete with snow capped peaks.

"Once you develop a fractal geometer’s eye you can’t but help see them everywhere."1

John Briggs similarly noted that

"Trees and plants can be simulated by recursive programs which contain instructions for drawing repeated shapes to create twigs, stems, leaves and flowers, while randomly rotating them or bending them, and changing their thickness after a certain number of iterations. By carefully adjusting parameters and randomness, Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz of the University of Calgary, Canada, has been able to generate imitations of specific botanical forms, such as the plant Mycelis Muralis."2

Professor Ian Stewart of the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick noted that with the aid of fractal geometry:

“You see islands of order in a sea of chaos.”3

Scientists are finding that the entire universe is one large fractal. As Francesco Sylos Labini, an astronomer at the University of Geneva, suggested

"... studies we have done show that the distribution of matter is fractal, just like a tree or a cloud. ... our tests show that the Universe never becomes homogeneous in the available galaxy samples. It remains hierarchically clustered. It remains fractal."4 
  • 1. Film documentary: The Colours Of Infinite, Gordon Films, 1995.
  • 2. John Briggs, Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1994, page 85.
  • 3. From the documentary, The Colours Of Infinite, Gordon Films, 1995.
  • 4. New Scientist, Reed Business Information, London, August 21, 1999.

Understanding the TOA

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

For over 70 years scientists have been observing exceedingly strange behavior of very small bits (quanta) of matter and energy. The core principle of the TOA is based on the results of such research.

As is explained in detail at this website, one of the key experimental observations of quantum physics research is that all matter and energy exhibits a “wave-particle” duality of behavior. That duality of behavior is linked to the fundamental One-within-All principle mentioned earlier.

Given the universal applicability of the principle of One-and-All, the seemingly strange wave-particle behavior of quanta is simply another variant of this principle. In other words,

the wave-particle duality, in being a ubiquitous characteristic of matter and energy, "spins out" (unfolds) as various forms in everyday lived experience.

The Table of One and All reflects the preponderance of nature towards either the masculine-particle qualities of Definition, Individuality and Exclusivity, or the feminine-wave qualities of the Indefinable, Togetherness and Inclusivity.

Western culture has been correlated with the masculine-particle nature. This is not to suggest that Western culture is completely devoid of traditional feminine qualities of nurturing and community, but that it has a leaning towards the expression of individuality (as demonstrated by the American emphasis upon personal liberty and 'human rights'). On the other hand, Eastern cultures lean towards the ideals of community responsibility often at the expense of individuality.

The particle characteristic has been correlated with being individualistic, masculine, singular, decisive, controlled and predictable. The Table shows that masculine gender roles have traditionally leant towards these “masculine-material” characteristics.

The feminine has been correlated with being intuitive, passive, open, flexible and spontaneous. The Table shows that feminine gender roles have traditionally leant towards these “feminine-mysterious” characteristics. Hence the often heard and used phrases "feminine mystique," "women's intuition" and "it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind."

None of these correlations are meant to suggest that females are lacking characteristically “masculine” qualities of decisiveness and objectivity (refer table). Or that males lack intuitive, emotional, subjective qualities. Gender roles have been chosen (consciously and subconsciously) by the sexes as a means in the past for effective survival in physical reality.

"a stone, while still attached to a mountainside or the bedrock, is female. It becomes a male stone when it is moved away from its quarry place and set up by itself. The Easter Island stones, then are male, and the Stonehenge rocks also."1
See below for Table One (of Ten) of the Table of One and All.
 Table of One and All, Toa 1 of 10
  1. 1. Robert Bly, Iron John, Element Books, Brisbane Australia 1993, page 120 (quoting John Layard's report of old traditions).

Apparent Contradictions within the TOA

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

The correlations provided in the TOA (Tao of One and All) appear to be contradictory.

For example, females (women, female animals, plants) are correlated with the mysterious and the non-physical ('spiritual') even though women and kind are obviously physical (while physicality has been correlated with masculine, known, real and measured).

The apparent contradictions in the Table of One and All arise entirely as a result of the fundamental inability to meaningfully categorise reality as either strictly 'Real' (Physical, Known and Local) or 'Spiritual' (Non-physical, Unknowable and Nonlocal).

Reality comprises 'both at-once,' and there can be no segregation or separation of parts from each other, or from their respective 'gestalts' without degradation of meaning of both One and All.

The golden rule to remember when analysing the Table of One and All is that the 'Western' or right-wing of the Table is anything to do with Difference and Individuality i.e. anything which can be 'measured,' identified or conceptualised to produce descriptions, labels, names, evidence, fact, proof.

The left wing is to do with 'everything' else which is not able to be measured, defined or differentiated. Structure, Order and Hierarchy are all based upon measure (or ratio) and are therefore deemed 'Western' or 'Masculine.' As well, anything which is able to be related to, contrasted or compared with, or differentiated from Order-Structure-Hierarchy such as rebelliousness and individuality is also 'Masculine.'

It is a common misconception that feminine Yin is opposite masculine Yang (as would appear to be implied by the layout of the opposing wings of the TOA). However,

within the broader framework and context of the TOA,
Yin is not opposite Yang -- it makes no sense to say
that the hand (part/Yang) is opposite the (whole) body,
or that the individual is opposite to the community.

Another apparent contradiction is the correlation of the future with the infinite. This has been done in deference to the Western habit of perceiving existence to be strictly local (physical, defined and limited). In other words, the validity of the correlation of the future with the immeasurable and the infinite is due to our serial experience of time even though the future, the present and the past all exist “at-once.”

Science: seriously serial
Immeasurable || Measured, Real, Observed
Collective || Individual
 Feminine-Wave || Masculine-Particle
Parallel Future || Serial Past
Boundless Possibilities || Finite Actuality
Nonlocally Connected || Local, Disconnected
Left-wing Yin || Right-wing Yang


TOAs 1 - 10

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Tables 1 - 10 of The Table of One and All
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Table 1 of 10

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Table One of Ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 2 of 10

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Table two of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 3 of 10

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Table three of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 4 of 10

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Table four of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 5 of 10

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Table five of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 6 of 10

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TOA 6 of 10

Table 7 of 10

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Table seven of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 8 of 10

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Table eight of ten, the Tao of One and All

Table 9 of 10

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Table nine of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 10 of 10

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Table ten of ten, The Tao of One and All