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Introduction & Why it Matters
Even though the topics here are so grand (The Nature of Reality, Science of Oneness, Consciousness), the material is accessible and practical.
You won’t find rambling essays, “nice-to-know” facts, or snappy snippets of pseudo-science. This is “real” western science, but it isn’t the laboratory version. Here we focus on the practical meaning and application of scientific research that sets the foundation — both philosophically and practically — for the purpose of consciousness expansion and ascension. Specifically, here’s why this matters:
- Multiple generations of western students have been taught a limited science and philosophy, key aspects of which have been disproven and shown to be based on incorrect assumptions. This has resulted in incomplete and inaccurate interpretations regarding such vital subjects as what consciousness is, why it’s important, and how we relate to the world.
- Therefore, many people need to re-learn the truth which empowers them to impact their personal experience and that of the collective.
- The more deeply and precisely that you understand key scientific concepts about The Nature of Reality, the more you’ll be able to see connections between concepts that arise from many different perspectives. And this greater understanding enables you to more effectively appreciate and communicate with people of many backgrounds and knowledge levels, from mystical traditions to mainstream western beliefs and from new age spirituality to modern unified quantum field theorists.
- For example, you’re greatly empowered by knowing specifically how physics, ancient spiritual texts, energy healers and modern spiritual practitioners approach and support the statement, “We are all One.”
We can make surprising leaps in understanding of technical or complex subjects simply by learning key terminology. The following scientific terms are all perfectly accessible to any curious person. (And remember, this information is free to copy and share.)
- Aether / Ether
- Nonlocality and Entanglement
- Quantum Mechanics / Quantum Physics
- Unified Theory of Physics
In addition, the following terms refer to powerful scientific concepts that may be helpful to you, but they are not critical for understanding most of the science presented later in this section.
- Holographic Universe
- Noetic Sciences
Aether / Ether
Of all the concepts and terminology related to consciousness and the nature of reality, aether may be the most important in helping to reorient thinking from an outdated worldview to one that is more aligned with the true nature of reality.
- Aether has made a comeback in scientific theory, serving as a key to the Unified Theory of Physics.
- In philosophies around the world, aether has long been described as the fifth of the elements that make up the universe: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Aether.
- Aether provides the space for other elements to exist; it transcends and includes the other four.
- In the Unified Theory of Physics, aether is “the field which connects and permeates all things.”
- It is “a living force behind all things.” (source)
- Aether serves as the medium for light and sound waves.
- Also known as Quintessence, The Field, Quantum Field, SpaceTime, The Fabric of the Cosmos, The Void, Akasha, The Universe and Spirit.
- In some cases, the word “space” is also a synonym for aether, such as in philosophies that include space as one of the five elements, and in statements such as: “Instead of space being emptiness, it begins to appear that space is the mother of everything.” (source) In common parlance, however, the word “space” (or”outer space”) is often being used to specify the place beyond Earth.
- In this article, Adam Apollo makes an elegant connection between aether and chi. We might call this the relationship between The Field and The Force. We can think of aether as The Field that connects and permeates all things and chi or prana as The Force that describes the movement of energy through The Field, or the movement of The Field itself.
Aether Makes a Comeback in Science, Contributing to a Unified Theory of Physics
Acknowledgment of the Aether solves many problems in physics… Imagine that the universe is an ocean of living energy... Instead of space being emptiness, a void of nothingness, it begins to appear that space is the mother of everything. The “Quantum Foam” of the modern physicist is a vibrant and dynamic caldron… The major paradigm shift is that space-time is a thing. Space-time is like a fluid. We give space-time a name, to differentiate it from the concept of a void of nothingness. That name is Aether, a tribute to the ancient term for the firmament above Earth. Once you understand that all matter obtains its nature within the active “stage” of the Aether, then a holistic explanation appears that could be called nothing other than a Theory of Everything… The problem [in the late 1800s] was they were searching for an Aether they assumed was at absolute rest, a stationary and solid Aether. That incorrect assumption and the inability to find an “Aether wind” caused physicists to dismiss the Aether for over a century… In this book, we define the Aether Unit’s geometry and spin structure.– Secrets of the Aether
Quantum Field: Another Word for Aether
Current scientific theories advocating the existence of “dark matter,” “dark energy,” “zero point energy” and “energy from the vacuum” have dragged unwilling Western researchers to the recognition of an undetected energy that exists throughout the universe. While these same scientists deplore terms like “aether,” they’ll often freely use a term like “quantum field,” which is really just another word for the aether. One very early instance of evidence for the presence of the aether originates from the reputable physicist Dr Hal Puthoff. He regularly points out experiments from the very early 20th century, performed prior to quantum mechanics, that were created to see if there is any type of power in the “void” of empty space.– Eric Thompson, Subtle Energy Sciences
Aether is an Essential Facet of the Philosophy & Science of Reality in Cultures Around the World
For thousands of years, the Aether (ether, æther, aither), a field which connects and permeates all things, was an essential facet of both the philosophy and science of reality in cultures around the world… It is sometimes more generally translated simply as “Spirit”… In Japanese, it is considered to be the void through which all other elements come into existence… There are also many terms for the movement of energy through the Aether, or the movement of Aether itself. These include qi (also written as chi, ch’i, or ki) which is a traditional Chinese and Taoist concept for the natural energy or “life force” of any living thing. In Hinduism, a similar idea is known as prana, which is the life force which connects all the elements of the universe. For Hawaiian and some polynesian cultures, this field of living force is known as mana. The same concept is known as ruah in Hebrew, as lüng in Tibetan Buddhism, as pneuma in ancient Greece, and vital energy in Western philosophy. It is also popularized by the idea of “The Force” in Star Wars.– Adam Apollo, Resonance Institute
The Same Point in Tesla’s Words
All perceptible matter comes from a primary substance… filling all space, the akasha, or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life-giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never-ending cycles all things and phenomena.– Nikola Tesla, 1907
Nonlocality and Entanglement
- Nonlocality is the name physicists have given to objects having information (“knowing the state”) of other objects, even when separated by large distances.
- Entanglement is the word coined by Erwin Shrodinger to refer to particles that are correlated by an interaction.
The idea of something measured in one place “influencing” measurements far away challenged what Einstein thought of as “local reality.” It came to be known as “nonlocality,” but it always contained something else called “nonseparability.” Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance.”– The Information Philosopher
- The branch of science concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy, and their interactions.
- Includes the subjects of Mechanics (motion and interaction), Thermodynamics (heat and temperature), Vibrations and Waves, Optics (light and colors), Electromagnetism, Relativity and Quantum Mechanics.
Quantum & Quantum Mechanics
- Quantum is the scientific name given to “the basic stuff from which the universe is made.” (Michael Talbot)
- Scientists refer to the tiniest phenomena in the universe as “subatomic phenomena,” because it is smaller than, or occurring within, an atom.
- When subatomic phenomena was found to be both particles and waves, they gave them the name “wave particle” or “quantum.” (Michael Talbot)
- Quanta is the plural of “quantum.”
- Quantum Mechanics (QM) is also known as Quantum Physics and Quantum Theory.
- QM is the branch of physics that deals with the very small.
- It describes motion and interaction at the subatomic level.
Unified Theory of Physics
- Unified Field Theory (UFT) is the name given to the quest to construct a scientific theory that resolves the incompatibility between models of physics, particularly quantum physics and relativity. (Technically, it needs to account for the four known forces: Strong, Electromagnetic, Weak and Gravity). In physics, a “field” refers to an area under the influence of some force. Some examples of UFTs include string theory and the theory of everything.
- Quantum Field Theory (QFT) is a set of principles that combines Quantum Mechanics with Classical Field Theory and Relativity. Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) is an example or subset of QFT.
- Unified Theory of Physics is another name for UFT or a general term to describe the goal and effect of particular theories such as those proposed by David Bohm and Nassim Haramein.
- Mainstream scientists propose that life is just an accidental byproduct of the laws of physics. Biocentrism, on the other hand, is the view that consciousness creates the universe rather than the other way around. (source)
- Robert Lanza M.D. is a chief proponent of this paradigm. In 2014, Lanza was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world among other honors noted here.
Unfortunately, there is no definition of fractals that is both simple and accurate. Like so many things in modern science and mathematics, discussions of “fractal geometry” can quickly go over the heads of the non-mathematically-minded. This is a real shame, because there is profound beauty and power in the idea of fractals. The best way to get a feeling for what fractals are is to consider some examples. Clouds, mountains, coastlines, cauliflowers and ferns are all natural fractals. These shapes have something in common — something intuitive, accessible and aesthetic.– Jack Challoner
- The word “fractal” was coined in 1975 by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, who came to be called the “father of fractal geometry.”
- A fractal is a rough or fragmented shape (as distinguished from a sphere or cone, for example) that, if viewed from various distances, appears “self-similar.” (source) If a fractal were to be split into parts, each would be a reduced-size copy of the whole.
- For example, a frond is a miniature replica of the whole fern. More examples include clouds, snowflakes, crystals, mountain ranges, river networks, lightning bolts, and systems of blood vessels.
- Technically, fractals are defined as having “infinite intricacy,” “zoom symmetry,” “complexity from simplicity,” and “fractional dimensions.” (Each is explained here.)
- A key teaching of fractal mathematics is that there are patterns, order, in apparent disorder or chaos.
- This order doesn’t diminish the stunning beauty of the world, but rather offers inspiration:
Notice that the shape of the fern is intricately detailed. Remarkably, you can see that the leaves are shaped like little copies of the branches. In fact, the entire fern is mostly built up from the same basic shape repeated over and over again at ever smaller scales… Fractals can be found everywhere in the world around you, from a humble fern to the structure of the universe on the largest of scales. Even certain parts of your anatomy are fractal, including your brain… Fractal mathematics not only allows us to begin modelling the shapes of nature, it can also reawaken our childlike wonder at the world around us.– Explainer: What are Fractals
Fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unthinkably complicated.– Fractalenlightenment.com
The chaos and irregularity of the world — Mandelbrot referred to it as “roughness” — is something to be celebrated. It would be a shame if clouds really were spheres, and mountains cones… The fractal mathematics Mandelbrot pioneered, together with the related field of chaos theory, lifts the veil on the hidden beauty of the world. It inspired scientists in many disciplines — including cosmology, medicine, engineering and genetics — and artists and musicians, too. The whole universe is fractal.– Jack Challoner
The Holographic Universe
Here we are not discussing holograms or holography per se, but rather the science and implications of what is called the holographic universe, the scientific theory that the universe employs holographic principles in its operations. The evidence and theory was initially published by David Bohm, which he further described in his book, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, first published in 1980.
- Of course, the stunning revelation in this science is that since a holographic image is a kind of illusion that the universe as we know it is also a kind of illusion.
- But arguably just as powerful in this theory is that underlying the reality we experience is a “deeper order of existence, a vast and more primary level of reality that gives birth to all the objects and appearances of our physical world in much the same way that a piece of holographic film gives birth to a hologram.”
- Another extraordinary aspect of holographic order is its nonlocal properties. (See definition above.)
- Also called holographic paradigm, holographic model, holographic analogy, holographic metaphor and holographic theory.
When something is organized holographically, all semblance of location breaks down. Saying that every part of a piece of holographic film contains all the information possessed by the whole is really just another way of saying that the information is distributed nonlocally. Hence, if the universe is organized according to holographic principles, it, too, would be expected to have nonlocal properties.– Michael Talbot
- Apollo astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell founded the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS) to bridge science and spirituality in a systematic study of the nature of consciousness. (source)
- The noetic sciences are a framework for a deeper understanding of our inner worlds, our shared reality, and the interconnection between all things. (source)