The pan-dimensional mouse

4787372_origI have spent a lot of time lately working with two dimensional representations of multidimensional states. No, I don’t mean anything arcane and mystical… or something that belongs in the realm of science fiction either. I’ve been working with pictures.

1574626_origWe tend to think of dimensions in spatial terms of height, length and depth. That of course is how we are first taught about the whole affair in school and why would we question it? We simply accept that we live in an apparently three dimensional universe, and that an image, for instance, is only a 2D representation of a wider reality… a symbol, if you like. It has become widely accepted that ‘time’ makes a fourth dimension… the difference between how things were and how they are. Time travel has become such a popular idea through literature and entertainment that none of us boggle at the possibility… even while we accept it may well be impossible in practical terms. Time, after all, although an abstract idea, is something we can observe in action. Or perhaps have simply learned to accept.

5220820_origThe Quantum branch of scientific thought throws other dimensions into the mix… it gets more abstract the deeper you go, but even here it can be simplified into the scales we understand through our own experience in many ways. The next two dimensions take into account the idea of the future… again, something that simply does not exist that we take on trust will occur.

242249According to the theory an infinite number of futures may exist and the determining factor is the act of choice. For example there may be a perfect 3D cream cake in front of me, placed at this moment in time right within my reach. The future now depends from the point of choice… do I choose to eat it or not? Further futures may run off in all directions from this moment… it may be the tipping point for my waistline or cholesterol levels, it may be the only thing I eat today and so be fuel rather than fancy… or I could feed it to the dog… give it away or drop it on the carpet… you get the idea. My choice determines the future path of the universe, even on this infinitesimal scale.

9338035_origExcept that the scientists then go on to posit multiple possible universes too, each with their own branching futures from points in time. Last time I looked at the research and theories we were up to a ten dimensional reality and it seems that science is finally catching up with ancient esoteric thought that captures just such concepts in symbolic imagery. You have only to study some of the pictorial symbols to understand how those multiple dimensions can be expressed in two.

4-oleg-shuplyak-illusion-painting-shupliakI was wondering about even further dimensions we can add to the list… okay, perhaps, they are not strictly scientific examples of dimensionality. They may, however, be sub-headings of others, but they are just as abstract, invisible and yet observable. They are closer to home too. Maybe they correlate to the different ‘worlds’ of esoteric thought… modes of expression or levels of function. However you look at them, they are certainly contributing an added dimension to how we observe past, present and future. Not only that, they are determining factors in how the microcosmic universe that is ourselves moves through the fourth dimension of time and, more pertinently, they shape our future as effectively as the act of choice.

10-oleg-shuplyak-illusion-tsar-ivanI, for example, have been working with photographs the past few days. Opening each image there is immediately the dimension of memory. With it comes the attendant dimension of emotion: the emotions associated with that captured moment and also with the people and events that cluster around it in memory too. One image of a hillside, for example, recalls both the event, my companions and the warmth of the emotions attached to all of those. I see the image from several perspectives… through the lens of a present now past… yet which is no longer past because it is once more present; the emotions and thoughts that were then and which are once again now. Yet I also see them from the perspective of now and the passage of time may have altered those emotions so that the past itself takes on a different hue. This is the dimension of perception… personal perspective.

31-oleg-shuplyak-illusion-paintingThose are personal dimensions we bring to every single second of our lives… and they are different for each of us. That same image will, to another observer who participated in that same moment, bring completely different memories, associations, perspectives and emotions. To one who was not present, the view will be different again. The experience and its interpretation… and therefore the effect upon the future… is unique for every one of us. Every time.

27-oleg-shuplyak-surreal-paintingThere has been a lot of research done on the nature of perception and memory and their critical link to attention, which seems to be yet another dimension. Basically it appears that our brain takes shortcuts and the physical world we perceive and believe we interpret is based upon a mixture of actual sensory input, such as an image for example, and our own preconceived beliefs built up over a lifetime. The brain has to both perceive and believe… and if the two don’t match up we either change our beliefs to fit the reality we perceive… or we change reality to fit our beliefs… and behave accordingly. We then simply percieve only that which we allow ourselves to percieve. The trouble with that is the attention we give to the conclusion of that alchemy; once a belief is formed in accordance with our perception it sticks and there is little we can do about it…. And whatever our perception of now… even if we have drawn incorrect conclusions… our point of choice starts here and defines our future.

14-oleg-shuplyak-illusion-jesusConsidering this I was reminded of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe where “Mice are merely the protrusion into our dimension of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who, unbeknownst to the human race, are the most intelligent species on the planet Earth. They spend a lot of their time in laboratories running complex experiments on humans.” Just how many dimensions do we live in at once? How many other layers, less scientifically provable are there to our existence? Are we the man or the mouse in the equation of own pan-dimensional reality?

Slide60These incredible examples of optical  illusion are the work of Ukranian artist Oleg Shuplyak.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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23 Responses to The pan-dimensional mouse

  1. your mind is brilliant to behold


  2. Salee Reese says:

    I absolutely love this! Had to let you know.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sknicholls says:

    I find these fascinating and feel it is the truly gifted who can produce them.


  4. Noah Weiss says:

    This. Was. Wonderful. I think you did an excellent job of explaining dimensions in everyday language without getting too technical.

    Also, all of the images with the “foreground/background” or “two ways to see it”–I love those!


  5. Absolutely a.m.a.z..i.n.g. Outstanding work!


  6. Ali Isaac says:

    Food for thought and amazing art… great post, Sue!


  7. Great post and amazing art! I love those.


  8. These are just amazing…O’ the mind that created them. Wonderful Sue. 🙂


  9. Wonderful brain twisters for so early in the morning Sue…..the images work so well with your words, shifting us out of our comfortable ‘knowledge’ about the way the world is….opening up spaces where we might begin to wonder at little more….


  10. Mélanie says:

    excellent post, Sue… I did see these stunning images and all I can say is: admiration and respect for such talented artists… 🙂


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