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    It's a 3D representation of our psychological space. only after digging deeper in this metaphor that I realized how our thoughts are trapped in obsolete 2D models, and how incredibly fast we can make connections using an extra dimension. the Cube of Space fits in almost every religious, esoteric, psychologic and psychoanalytic model.
    I'm going to showcase some of them...



    The axes define flows of energy: from top to bottom, from front to back, and from left to right, symbolizing a flow from spirit to matter, from future to past, and from sensation to perception.


    The Metapsychology of the Cube of Space:
    The Dimensions of Consciousness & the Structure of Human Experience


    The Cube of Space is a multi-dimensional model of psychological space and an integrated framework for the metaphors of embodied and situated experience. The directions of the Cube are psycho-spatial and symbolic and represent centers or spheres of emotional consciousness which leave their imprint on our neurology, our cognitive processing, our symbolic thought and expression, and our experience.

    Symbolically, our ex-is-tence is defined by self and other, or inner energy and its outer body, with our spiritual goals above and our material development below, and our standing in society. Our life is defined by the uncertain future we face before us, and our past by the actions we have perfomed and put behind us. The experience of life in existence is made possible by the unconscious impressions of sensuous reality entering our left hand and being met by the cognitive response and action of the right hand. Again, in the center is the psyche, the eye of the needle and gateway to our Soul.

    On the deepest level, psychologcial space is a contradiction which fuses the two opposites of mind and matter: physical 3-D space and non-physical mental functioning and subjective experience. What could be spatial about psychology and what could be psychological about space?

    The three axes are related as structuring polarities of Being — Existence formed by the oppositions of self and other, Life formed by the opposition of future and past, and Experience formed by the opposition of sensation and perception. Linguistically: higher power, lower self, face the future, put the past behind you, you're left, I'm right. The center cannot hold. The 3-D spatial pattern is embedded in brain organization and neurological processing and language and metaphor formation. Inner space is (surprise) a model of outer space (or possibily the other way around) with the spatial directions replaced with logical categories and dimensions of experience.



    Cognitive and Psychoanalytic/Psychodynamic Mappings


    Freud's first map of the human psyche, formulated at the end of the 19th Century, resulted from his work with dreams, jokes, slips of the tongue, and hysterical female patients and divided psychological reality into three parts — an unconscious area, a preconscious area, and a conscious area associated with perception.

    Freud's second map of the human psyche, developed over the next twenty years, was also a tri-partite model, consisting of Id (unconscious, instinctually-based and driven), Ego/I (conflict-ridden and compromised) and Superego (punitive, mostly unconscious, society-surrogate).

    The third dimension latent in Freud's map is found in his dynamic concepts of drive and defense and transference and resistance, and is responsible for the developmental aspects of his theory. Having run out of space on his map, Freud was unable to adequately differentiate important structural categories like his concepts of drive/desire and defense/conflict. The Ego or "I" defends itself with compromise formations against both unconscious desires based on infantile instinctual fixations and the demands of an interior authority structure which forbids and punishes gratification. The Ego/I borrows energy from the Id in the form of substitute gratifications and constructs itself out of lost object-connections though the work of mourning to form personality structure (charactized by different defense mechanisms, neurotic styles, etc.). These are metaphors of psychological process and development and properly belong to another set of categories and dimensionality — in this case the category of Life as past, present and future, and the psychological dimensions of time.


    Contrary Energies as Virtures and Vices (you can just call it emotions)

    What was called a sin in classical times we now call emotion and treat with drugs and mass entertainment. The Cube defines seven primary states of "emotional consciousness" and organizes them in psycho-spatial directions. Dante, following classical wisdom and a pre-perspectival view, organized them in triads and put Sloth in the center.

    Dante's Punishments:
    Cold Sins: (perverted love)
    1. Pride
    2. Envy
    3. Anger


    Sins of Improper Measure: (defective love)
    4. Sloth

    Warm Sins: (excessive love)
    5. Avarice
    6. Gluttony
    7. Lust


    From the perspective of the Cube, we can understand the logic of the pairings and positions of these energies which manifest on the emotional and experiential level as sins/vices and virtues.

    On the up-down Existential axis, anger/patience and pride/humility are the emotional polarities of the identity of self and other. We get angry at others (or their psychological introjects inside us) and feel ashamed of ourselves for what others might think.

    On the front-back Life axis, envy/abnegation and greed/sobriety represent the emotional polarities that define the trajectories of our lives: what we envy — we don't have it but we might get it — shapes our futures, and our greed — to amass and accumulate — builds structures out of unconscious memory.

    The third, left-right axis of Interpenetration weaves Identity and Life into an experience of Being with the energies of sense-perception and their associated moral dimensions. The left hand of desire or lechery is in (largely unconscious) contact with sensous reality, both internal and external. The right hand of action shows what perception is: an action towards an action, or a container for both the stimulus and the response. Avarice is a sin of the right hand because it is the action of grasping.

    The seventh deadly sin, sloth, and its corresponding virtue, joy, define emotions that are not on our psychological peripheries but rather at the center of our being. As such, they carry none of the relational coloration of anger/shame, envy/greed or lechery/avarice. Here we arrive at our own psyche at the center of our experience of being and the contary qualities of the Moon.

    It should be clear that each of the classical virtues and vices fits the contrary qualities of the planets in the Cube of Space, and further, that they perfectly match with the Cube's map of the experience (sense-perception) of existence (self-other) in life (future/past). And that the psyche is at the center of our experience of being. What isn't really evident until mapped to their psycho-spatial dimensions are the fine semantic distinctions contained in the colloquial definitions of the classical vices/virtues: lechery is a giving into desire while avarice is acting on one, and neither imply the temporality of envy and greed, or the self-other problems of anger and shame.

    Joy and Sloth are the manic-depression of the soul and the free and bound energy of the psychoanalytic ego. Dante recognized Sloth as a Sin of Improper Measure, separate from the Cold Sins of the primary triad (Pride, Envy and Anger) and the Hot Sins of the secondary triad (Avarice, Greed and Lust).

    Recent neurobiological research seems to indicate that consciousness is largely unconsciousness and emotional. In the metapsychology of the Cube of Space, the "feeling of what happens" is qualified by seven primary states of consciousness: the classical vices and virtues and the modern emotions, if they could be recognized in a coherent conceptual scheme.

    more on the general cube metaphor...
    more on the concepts of Freud, Klein, Winnicott, etc
    more on the virtue/vices analogy...

    I highlighted above some of my favorites analogies of the cube. I'm too ignorant on subjects such as kabbalah,tarot or astronomy to fully appreciate the other ramifications of this spatial model, but you can read more following the links. I found many applications for this concept... from my works with videogames to my very own theories of everything : )

    all the best
    naga

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