Archive for June, 2016

152 – On Fields and Forces …

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Why are ‘trained’ scientists so reticent to accept the Fact that, those theories on which they base their understanding of the biological and physical world, also apply to us … human beings as biological and physical systems?

Can they not see that we are like a flowing field through which energy runs and expands? Can they not see that as the flow of energy passing from atom to atom or cell to cell is a force of transformation, so is the flow of energy passing from person to person a force of transformation? Can they not see that as the fields of energy created by atoms and cells are powerful and tender, creative and destructive, instinctive and self-determined, rigid and supple, and oh, so pregnant with the potential to transform the course of the evolutionary process in which they exist, so are the fields of energy we create?

A field of energy is a force with which bodies cannot only transform themselves and others, but can also potentially transform multitudes and even future generations. Examples of the force of fields of energy in our own history are individuals like Jesus, or Hitler, or Gandhi, whose strong convictions became forces of transformation that incited multitudes into action.

Fields of energy can be the result of environmental fluctuations and demands, but they can also be the result of the assertive power of an atom, a cell, a human being, to focus with laser-like self-determination on the attainment of a specific goal.

Think about falling in love. Think about how intently we focus our entire being to get the One we love to love us back. Every cell in our bodies responds to our feelings, desires, fears, anxieties. Our moods, sensations, heartbeat, temperature, are tremendously enhanced and our bodies respond accordingly: We sweat, tremble, ache to touch and be touched. Our desire ignites a collective call for action to fulfill one of the fundamental mandates of Nature … to bond and self-generate … which is the universal call of self-perpetuation, the call to belong, the call to transcend. And whether or not we achieve our goal, a field of energy is created in which we become a tremendously self-determined force; we become much more than the sum of our parts. Like atoms and cells bonding and self-generating, we become forces of transformation.

It is indisputable that like atoms and cells, we interact with each other and with our world by transforming inner energy into forces that can be strong and weak, destructive and creative, negative and positive, instinctive and self-determined. But our scientific endeavor has grown too entangled with the illusion of our separation from Nature to consider the possibility that our fundamental interactions are not different from most of the natural world. Would it not be exciting if scientists, instead of accentuating our illusion of separation by excluding us from their theories, would instead transform the search for what most of them are already searching for … a Unified Theory of Nature … by including us?

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151 – We are Citizens of the Universe

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

There is a growing number of people … especially amid younger generations … beginning to see themselves not as citizens of a Nation, but as citizens of the World.

This movement has been incited by the brutalities committed in the name of Nationalism, and by the shortsighted disregard of Nations and multi-national corporations for the disadvantaged and for the environment.

With the degree of intelligence we have already acquired through our evolution, it is uncanny to witness a world that continues to totally disregard the value of human life; a world that continues to oppress the oppressed … as in barbaric epochs … through warmongering, terror, cruelty, corruption, poverty.  Aldous Huxley’s words on our war ethos resonate today with intense poignancy: “One has this extraordinary and paradoxical spectacle of unprecedented skill and knowledge and devotion and work and money being poured out on projects which can lead not to life, liberty, and happiness, but only to misery, to servitude, and to death.”[i]

Although it is exciting to see movement towards the recognition of our citizenship of the World, I hope it leads, soon, to the recognition not just of our citizenship of the World, but of our citizenship of the Universe – as we fundamentally are.

This is why it amazes me to no end to see how scientists, already in the possession of physical theories that clearly demonstrate our connection with our Universe, cannot see the connection because they treat the individual theories they specialize in as if they have nothing to do with the rest on Nature, thus overlooking the Universal Process that encompasses not only the infinitesimally small and the infinitely immense, but also the world in between … the world of our experience.

Everything in Nature is bound by and participates in a Universal Process; a Process that begins upon Becoming and proceeds into Self-organization, Bonding, Self-generation, Adaptation, Self-perpetuation, Transformation. The universality of this Process is self-evident in all of Nature, and although it manifests in infinitely diverse ways … trees, stars, human beings … nothing can exist without it. But what is not self-evident, not yet, is the Plan … the magnificent Blueprint … that unites us all through a set of universal characteristics transmitted from generation to generation (akin to our DNA code) ensuring the perpetuation of the Process.

You are a child of the Universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have the right to be here.”[ii]

Trees, stars, human beings are congregations of interconnected components which we intuitively bond together into cohesive, dynamic, pliable and self-sufficient systems (Bell’s Theorem).

Trees, stars, human beings attain Permanence through a sustained equilibrium between the energy we consume and the energy we generate (Relativity, Dissipative Structures).

Trees, stars, human beings self-contain, self-regulate, self-generate and self-perpetuate while maintaining our given configuration (Autopoiesis).

Trees, stars, human beings are utterly unique in our composition and, at the same time, common components of the digressions and progressions of our parent system (Complementarity).

Trees, stars, human beings self-organize as a cohesive, self-sufficient unit through the reiteration, at every level of our system, of an overruling evolutionary model (Mandelbrot Set).

Trees, stars, human beings develop in accord with the evolutionary process of a parent species, yet we are undeniably endowed with a degree of choice in adaptation (Evolution).

Trees, stars, human beings are catalysts for transformation (Quantum Field Theory).

When we look deeply not into what separates us, but what unites us, it is impossible not to see the connection: As the trees and the stars, we are citizens of the Universe.

[i] Aldous Huxley: The Human Situation, Santa Barbara Lectures, 1959

[ii] From “Desiderata” by Max Erhmann

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