In the exploration for concepts of quantum consciousness in literature, one might not think that an old Irish drinking song would serve as inspiration for a novel about this holographic experience. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce is an amazing epic book that is indeed based upon an old Irish Whisky ballad. This book is a complete transcendence of the linear plane; it is a book that cannot be read, but instead must be " looked at " to be comprehended.
According to the song Finnegans Wake, Tim Finnegan works as a builder's laborer carrying hod up tall ladders day in and day out. One day he arrives at work tipsy, and has a great fall from a tall ladder, and breaks his skull, and is dead. His friends give him a grand wake, laying out his corpse with whisky at his feet and porter at his head. (the word whisky comes from a Gaelic word meaning, "waters of life.") During the party a friend stumbles and spills whisky on the corpse, thus reviving Tim with the "waters of life". He has become Finn- again. Joyce was fascinated by the idea of the waters of life being always present at a wake.
In the novel Finnegans Wake, Joyce introduces the character of Tim hundreds of times as slightly different manifestations of the same person. He is called H. C. Earwicker and he has a wife, Anna Livia Plurabel, They have two sons, Shem and Shawn. Instead of being presented as the typical family unit in which the children create their own world by feeding on the old, this family constantly changes names, residences, physical form, and purpose to live, thousands of times throughout the book. There is no restriction of time, space, or boundaries. Joyce's intention was to was to create a novel in a dream language, and he often called Finnegans Wake the "Night" Book.
(His "Day" Book is Ulysses, a work of literary art so profound it is not to be missed. I will be writing a commentary on Ulysses in the future.) The pages of Finnegans Wake are filled with words that are not words, incomplete sentences, paragraphs that contain ten or more different languages at once. People, animals, and towns become star constellations. Rivers, oceans, and mountains become families and kingdoms. And all exists at once, simultaneously. This book symbolizes complete transparency, a key to comprehending Quantum consciousness. Every character resides within each other, and, in opposition to one another. The story is never a chain of events, but instead a "soup" of events.
Joyce is illustrating the illusion of the so called "circle" of life. All exists now, no past or future. A lifetime is normally compared to a round wheel of film inside a machine. The film is projected onto a screen, and it has a beginning, a middle, and an end. With his novel Finnegans Wake, James Joyce has removed the film from the projector and spread it out flat, so that all the billions of separate frames, or "still shots" can be seen simultaneously. The viewer (or person living the life) can focus on any frame of the film he wants to, in any order he wants to. Then Joyce goes even further. He cuts all the frames apart and lets them swirl, overlap, and merge, like dry leaves in the wind. The film of life is no longer a repeating circle. It is a soup of possibilities and tendencies.
Many scholars and researchers give different opinions as to what exactly the Wake is about, and why it was written. In my opinion, Joyce is telling the reader to wake up to the illusion of the circle of time. There is no circle. Circular boundaries are created by Priests and "Time Keepers" (Templars) to
prevent people from realizing their own multidimensional nature. The "Powers that Be" have given people time clocks, seasons, birthdays and death days, spinning planets, and the whole concept of aging. This is further enforced by the hugely Guilt driven concept of , "the Ancestor". (Beginning with Adam's Fall). The cosmic circle is a prison for consciousness, created by minds that wish to divide and control. Joyce's novel is showing us that space and time do not exist, all is now.
One very popular circular prison is contained within ancient stone circles.
These massive structures are strategically placed on points of the earth to form a virtual net around the globe. Could a metaphor for "unchangeable karmic circle of life" be more blunt? These massive,impossible to move stones are placed with a message that says," you as a mere mortal cannot ever escape this repeating circle of life, bow down to your rulers and priests, and worship the wheel of fortune." Another popular metaphor for the prison of time are Crop Circles. In my opinion, there is no profound information in these technologically manipulated corn fields. The circles are made by Her Majesty's Royal Air Force in collaboration with satellite and sound wave technology. We are daily being mind controlled to walk like cattle around in a circle, because all the "signs" say this is how life is supposed to be.
The book Finnegans Wake is a visual phenomena. Although it is all words with no illustrations, it cannot be read. It must be looked at the same way one looks at a statue. One can walk around each paragraph (actually each word) as if one is regarding a large sculpture in a park. One thousand viewers will each give a different interpretation of what they have seen. Some scholars have commented that the Wake is in fact Talmudic. Magical Hebrew letters can represent star constellations that contain vastly more information than most people are allowed to know.
From Source perspective there is no Above or Below, and Finnegans Wake confirms this. Joyce is showing us that cosmic consciousness does not choose between this or that, but instead recognizes this AND that. Throughout this great novel there is a reoccurring word that is sprinkled like fairy dust across a sea of sentences. This word is "Tip". The author says that this word describes the sound of the tip of a tree branch swaying in the wind, and tapping on the window of a sleeping H. C. Earwicker and his wife. The "Tip" is to awaken them to their illusion of limitation, and remind them they are living a dream. Joyce suggests to watch for clues and tips from Mother Nature that remind one to wake up. All people have a capability and possibility to awaken to holographic existence.
The last lines of the drinking song exclaim
" Thanum on Dhul! Do you think I was dead?
Isn't it the Truth I tell you?
Lots of fun at Finnegans Wake"