Melanie Stevens

Bifurcation

Bi-fur-cation: to divide or fork into two branches.

One week ago, I had this word pop in my head and it just will not leave. Perhaps I had heard the word at some point, but it’s not really one of those words that is even remotely used frequently, unless, possibly, if you’re in divorce law or the mathematical field. In the past year, duality, polarity, mirror opposites, and the words of Robert Frost:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
(The Road Not Taken)

have been floating in my immediate vicinity in a strange labyrinth of interwoven and layered puzzlement. In a sense, it is a reminder of this time in my past that everything I said in any philosophical conversation I had was countered (by me, in one breath) with its utter opposite. For within one truth can be found its equal and opposite truth.

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[The following indented portion is important but complicated if you are not a math wiz (which I am not), therefor I’m quoting and leaving it within the context it is. Please bear with me.]

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In mathematics, bifurcation means:

A period of doubling (or quadrupling and beyond) alongside the beginning of chaos. It is the sudden appearance of a qualitatively different solution for a nonlinear system as a parameter is changed (Mathworld.) [Essentially, a small change will cause change in behavior.] There are 2 types of bifurcation which include: local and global bifurcation. When a parameter (guideline or framework) changes a fixed point, this is local bifurcation. In the global bifurcation, “larger unvarying sets cause changes in the topology [simplified: the network foundation] of the trajectories [curved paths] on a more global scale” (Wikipedia.) Or, “global bifurcations occur when non-local features of the phase space […] collide with equilibrium points in a phase space” (LibreTexts.)

Phase Space:

“Phase space refers to the plotting of both a particle’s momentum and position on a two dimensional graph. It also refers to the tracking of N particles in a 2N dimensional space. It means that if you want to define the state of particle in phase space coordinate system we will require position (3-D) as well as it’s momentum (3D) thus phase space is 6 dimensional coordinate system consists of 3 dimensions of position and 3 dimensions of momentum.” – Ved Prakash Singh (Quara)

“the use of phase space involves transitions from one ideal ‘phase condition’ to another. In this sense, phase space is a way of separating successions or degrees of perfection or idealization of a system.” – Nathan Coppedge (Quara)

[Now, that’s over with… whew!]

Westworld (TV show) Season 2, Episode 6 is actually called Phase Space. There are two main points within this episode in regards to the Phase Space title. In the opening sequence, Bernard is being tested for “fidelity,” meaning if he is constant or true to his storyline. The second part is a scene in regards to “the cradle” (or CR4-DL.) The cradle is the mainframe computer system for the Host’s (AI’s) memory banks or “The simulation technology that stores and tests all of our storylines” (official description.) At some point, the cradle had begun improvising – instead of keeping the scripts as they were fashioned, the Host’s storylines began crossing and influencing other systems.

So, in Westworld, if we break it down into a basic defined point, it represents the human awakening into enlightenment of the spiritual self, but using AI’s in the same context as humans in this world and their humans as the creators or “gods.” Imagine Westworld as being the matrix and the AI’s representing humans programmed to function within certain parameters for the progression of the society. A glitch in the matrix occurs, causing a sudden change to the equilibrium of a set point within the societal structure. This glitch allows past life memories to emerge, the unseen to become seen, and symbolic signs that are meant to spark recognition which leads to questioning. In a sense, this causes a chain reaction leading to the chaos that begins in Season 1 which causes divergence to occur. The world of the AI’s are basically colliding with the human (aka the programmers/controllers/”gods”) world instead of residing alongside in peaceful harmony, creating the awakening of the AI’s and the ensuing chaos. The only thing left for the world to re-balance itself is to allow the karmic cycles to play out (through chaos) and take the next step into a new, different, evolved world.

The path to enlightenment is like following the bread crumbs leading back home. Everyone has had those moments that some odd image, word, or voice popped into their head. But how many actually listen to it and follow the bread crumbs? The path to enlightenment is like game playing. We level up as we finally crack the code or accomplish a task. Then, the game begins again to another level of awareness. Most of the time, we miss the signs being shown us along the way. It’s kinda like a computer system. As a computer and its networking systems are made through coding, so are our storylines in this life. Glitches or changes in our coding of this system comes through by way of signs, symbols, random words and songs that pop into our heads – those opportunities to level up in the game. Are you leveling up?

Something to try:

Perhaps the writing above makes you wonder at my thought process? Following, I’ll list the steps I took (and a few others) in able to follow the “bread crumbs.” Next time you have a random thought pop in your head like I did, try these:

  1. Look up the definition of the word, if not sure of its meaning.
  2. Automatic writing: meditate until in a deep state. Have pen and paper ready when in that state of mind and just allow the words to come.
  3. Use a system such as numerology or Know the Name; Know the Person by Sharón Lynn Wyeth to help decode the possible meaning or character of the word.
  4. Google the word. Anything that appears interesting to you, click on and see what it has to say. (This is how I found the mathematical and Westworld connections.)
  5. Keep googling anything that intrigues you from the articles you pull up.
  6. Pull a card from the Tarot deck.

 

Let me know if you have any other suggestions that you may use in your own process!

 

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