As mentioned in a previous post here on Unfound, the Nexus can be described as a time-invariant psychoperceptual phenomenon.
In more informal terms, the Nexus (or perhaps ‘a’ Nexus; it is not yet clear if the Nexus is a singular Jungian thought-form or unique to each experience… research so far tends to suggest the former) is a psychological object that intercepts varying degrees of a person’s conscious awareness, ranging from absent-minded distraction to consuming all but the most basic level of thought needed to function. The Nexus is time-invariant from the point of view of the person having the encounter. During the experience it will seem to have always been present, and anticipation of a time when it is not present becomes nearly impossible.
The Nexus will, in most cases, leave the subject able to complete tasks that are autonomic- commuting to work, completing job-related tasks with which they are already familiar, performing household chores. This is considered a Stage 1 incursion and is comparable, by the degree of distraction, to suffering a trauma such as the death of a loved one or loss of a long-term relationship. At this stage, the Nexus is operating at the mid-level (selfconscious) level of the psyche. This is the level where the illusion of free will is most persistent and discursive / rational thought resides.
Less often, the Nexus ceases to resemble the stress of the grief process and functions analogous to a black hole in physics. While symptoms may be outwardly similar to more extreme psychiatric conditions, they differ in that the subject is still firmly in touch with consensus reality. The Nexus causes nearly all thoughts to be directed towards it, even as the subject is aware of everyday surroundings and is not suffering from exaggerated paranoia. At Stage 2, the Nexus continues operating at the selfconscious/free will level as in Stage 1, and is crossing into the superconscious region (the so-called higher self) inhabited by conceptual and abstract modes of thought, such as ethics and artistic interpretation.
In rare instances (a Stage 3 incursion), the Nexus can manifest as a visual artifact by the operating at the subconscious level (the “reptilian brain”) where sensory input processing occurs. Representations of the Nexus usually arise from people who have experienced a full Stage 3 encounter. A few of these arise from Stage 2, where those proficient in the visual arts have been able to convey the impression of a Nexus incursion. It should be noted that neither Stage 2 or 3 influenced representations are accurate depictions of how the Nexus appears. The Nexus doesn’t “look like” anything. Even at Stage 3 when the Nexus is visual, it is exceptionally difficult to describe to others in coherent terms.
Here is one recounting of the experience as an example: “…I was looking at something so dark that it was painful, like looking at the sun in reverse. But it was somehow also tinged violet around the edges. Mostly I was trying to just get the hell away from it!”
Another unusually detailed encounter with Stage 3 is described in Daniel Pinchbeck’s masterpiece of modern shamanism, Breaking Open the Head…
“In a few seconds my entire visual field turned grey. All I could see were a few rectangles of refracted light in the center of the [obsidian] ball; thick grayness covered everything else.
I turned away from the ball and looked around the room. In two seconds my vision went back to normal. I looked back at the ball. My entire visual field turned grey yet again.”
While the encounter described above might initially be dismissed as the after-effects of a hallucinogenic chemognostic experience (given the full context of the book), experiences of this nature are a valid way to invoke the Nexus, however unwittingly.
In upcoming posts, we will examine the structure and operation of the Nexus, including methods for dealing with an encounter.
Wishing much awareness to you all…