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The Very Big and the Very Small

Note to the reader: this is very much work in progress. These are all new thoughts. Please tell me where I might be mistaken and what you think is missing

 I am writing a book about the “inner cosmos”. It explores the relationship between the macrocosm and the microcosm, in line with the idea of “as above, so below”. It specifically looks at how this relationship affects us. Recently, I have begun to wonder whether science has its own version of “as above, so below”. I have done a lot of reading about this, and note that science has difficulty in connecting the very big with the very small. What do I mean by this? Scientists believe that the behaviour of the very big – galaxies, stars and planets – can be explained in terms of relativity. And they believe that the behaviour of the very small – atoms and particles – can be explained in terms of quantum physics. Despite many attempts over the last 100 years, scientists have been unable to connect relativity with quantum physics. For example, they cannot integrate gravity with the strong and weak nuclear forces. This remains one of the great quests in science.

I believe that scientists have been unsuccessful in this endeavour for one reason. They have not included us. They have focused their attention exclusively on the “outer, objective world”, and not taken account of the “inner subjective world”. They have not recognised that what seems to be “objective” can only ever be subjective. This is because the world “out there” is ultimately a product of the world “in here”. It is ultimately the world as seen through our eyes, from our human viewpoint.

Arguably, the defining characteristic of the very big is distance. The big things are distant from each other. Therefore, it takes time for things to happen. Time is clearly an important component of the very big. As you may know, relativity is all about the interplay of space and time. One form of this interplay is the bending of space-time in the presence of mass (such as planets and stars). Scientists have a name for this “warping” of space-time. They call it “gravity.” One of Einstein’s main contributions was to connect gravity with space and time.

In contrast, the defining characteristic of the very small is no distance! So, it takes no time for things to happen. This apparent absence of time is one of the central features of quantum physics, and it is one of the reasons why the behaviour of the very small seems weird.

Since it takes time for things to happen at the level of the very big, things appear to be disconnected, separate from each other. Conversely, since it takes no time for things to happen at the level of the very small, because distance is negligible, things happen instantaneously. Thus, things seem to be totally connected to each other. This “strange connectedness” is another important feature of quantum physics.

What I have just described implies “human relativity”. This probably needs a little explanation. Everything, from the very big to the very small, is relative to us. It is the world as perceived by us, as seen through human organs of perception, and from our human standpoint. It can be no other way. The big things are big and separate, only relative to us. The small things are small and connected, only relative to us. What the big and small things appear to be relative to themselves is quite another matter. Let us now explore this.

From its own viewpoint, the very large will seem to itself to have little distance between its parts, therefore little time. From its own perspective, the very large will appear to itself to be totally interconnected, just as, from our own perspective, our bodies seem to be totally interconnected. Separateness may be a uniquely human illusion. In any event, this suggests that, when seen from its own perspective, quantum physics may apply to the very big. This is because quantum physics is relevant to situations where time and separateness are not factors.

Similarly, from its own viewpoint the very small will seem to itself to be full of distance – atoms will be the equivalent of solar systems – therefore full of time. This suggests, does it not, that seen from its own perspective, relativity can be applied to the very small. This is because relativity is relevant to situations where space and time are present.

These are very early days in this exploration, so anything I say is very tentative. That said, one of the possible implications of “the theory of human relativity” is that, at the level of the very small, the nuclear forces within the atom my be the microcosmic equivalent of gravity. I say this because it was Einstein’s genius to make the connection between gravity and space-time. Now, if space and time are actually present at the level of the very small, albeit on a scale well below our normal perception, then there are likely to forces related to this microcosmic space-time. What we currently call the “nuclear forces” could equally well be called “micro-gravity”.

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Revisiting the Non-Physical

Today I would like to try to make a connection between three things – the non-physical, the inner cosmos, and your “inner senses”. This is the first time I have thought and written about this, so please bear with me.

The “non-physical” can be defined simply as that which can never be perceptible by the physical. This means that the non-physical aspects of the world and the human being are those aspects that can never be perceived by our five physical senses, even when they are aided by “extensions”, such as microscopes, telescopes, or any other scientific instrument. It is because scientists view the world and the human being exclusively through the physical “lens” that they insist that everything is physical. For science, the non-physical does not exist.

As a consequence, when scientists explore “levels” higher than us in the universe – such as planets and stars – they see only their lower level aspects. They see only levels below us in the holarchy that is the Cosmos – i.e. molecules, atoms and particles. So, they believe that stars and planets consist only of lower level aspects, and nothing else. This is why the world as described by science is the world seen in terms of particles and waves (physics); atoms, elements and molecules (chemistry); giant molecules and cells (biochemistry); tissues and organs (anatomy and medicine), and so on. When scientists study levels higher than us in the holarchy, they see only their physical aspects.

If you have followed me so far, you are probably wondering what the “non-physical” looks like. What is it that scientists are missing? What follows is merely a general outline, based on my own experience of awakening and training my “inner senses”, but also based on accounts of people I trust. Since this is not the moment to go into detail, I will just summarise briefly. My own experience, in 50 years of doing this, as well the accounts I trust, suggest that the non-physical has five main characteristics:

    Orders of intelligence beyond anything you can imagine. Just to be clear, I am not speaking here about intellect. That said, I believe that when we gain access to some of this intelligence, by working on our inner cosmos, we will be able to create technology that we can barely imagine. From what little I have experienced of this immense intelligence, I am sure that this will enable us to counteract gravity, transcend the apparent limits of space-time, and provide power and transport without recourse to fossil fuels and nuclear energy

    Total interconnectedness – everything is connected to everything else. And I mean thoughts, lifetimes, feelings…things like that. You have the certain feeling that the whole universe is a single, unified entity, in which all the parts are intimately connected to each other

    Higher orders of meaning and purpose – for instance, each planet and every star has its own unique meaning, which is always part of a “nest” of greater meanings. In the simplest terms, the universe has a reason to exist, and so do we!

    Higher beings – I cannot think of a better term. Although these are not beings in the sense of persons, they all have their own distinct and unique personality

    Higher orders of consciousness – you soon realise that what you are connecting with is very aware that you are connecting! Difficult as it is to believe, planets and stars are conscious, but it is consciousness of a different order, and only hinted at by the levels of consciousness sometimes attained by initiates and mystics

Now, I am acutely aware that I gone through this at speed. At this point I simply wish to give you a very general overview. I will go into more detail on another occasion. The point I want to make today is that these five characteristics of the non-physical are strikingly similar to how I experience the “essential natures” of higher levels than us. In other words, they are similar to the inner cosmos. To give just one example, when I get in touch with the essential nature of planet Earth, all of the five characteristics are evident. And this is repeated up the scale, so to speak. However, and this is crucially important to know, as we go up the scale and ascend the levels of the Cosmos, each of the five characteristics deepens in quality. I will have more to say about this deepening in a subsequent article.

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Strange Connections

I use the term “strange connections” to refer to connections that do not have rational or scientific explanations. These fall into four main groups:

Coincidences – when two or more things happen at the same time, and this feels very significant for you

Telepathy – this literally means “feeling at a distance”. It does not mean “reading minds”

Precognition – knowing across time…typically knowing some aspects of the future

Non-locality – this is instantaneous reaction, regardless of distance. (One implication is that the speed of light is no longer a limiting factor)

Although Carl Jung wrote about coincidence, calling it “acausal synchronicity”, he offered no convincing explanation for it. He did, however, write extensively about the “collective unconscious”. I have often wondered whether David Bohm had something similar in mind when he coined the term “implicate order”. He assumed that there is an underlying, invisible unity, in which everything is intimately connected to everything else. Out of this invisible order springs the “explicate order”, which is our familiar physical world, in which everything is discrete and separate. Although Bohm, a physicist, could not explain this “total connectedness” at the implicate level, he believed that it existed, and he knew that it was already being verified experimentally.

“Strange connectedness” is today one of the main focuses of quantum physics, and scientists have given it appropriately strange names, such as “entanglement” and “non-locality”. While it is true that they have come up with many theories, they still have no adequate explanation. It remains one of the great mysteries.

You may be wondering whether I am about to offer you a convincing explanation for strange connections. The answer is a tentative yes, because this still very much work in progress of me. As a convenient shorthand, I use the term “inner cosmos” for my thoughts about this question. I will go into more detail in future articles. For the moment, I will just give the “headlines” of my thinking.

At the heart of my work is the idea that everything is part of something bigger. As we shall see, some of this is very obvious, but some of is not. It is obvious, for example, that each of us is part of the human race. Because of this, we all contain the “essential nature” of the human race – i.e. those characteristics that are unique to the human race. (It is an interesting and rewarding exercise to list as many of these as you can think of)  I see this as part of our “inner cosmos”. Another part of our inner cosmos flows from the fact that each of us also part of another bigger thing, Nature, which I define as the totality of all living things. It follows that we all contain the “essential nature” of Nature herself…those characteristics that are unique to Nature. They seem to include the following. Like all other living things:

We are born

We mature

We interact with the rest of Nature and with this planet (e.g. food, shelter) – this is              mainly for survival, but as we become more sophisticated, it is increasingly for                    recreation and creation

We reproduce

We rear our young

We age

We die

All of us are born with the potential to do all of this. That potential is an important part of our inner cosmos.

At this point it becomes less obvious and more controversial. Although it may not seem like at – and most of us never even think about it – each of us is also an integral part of planet Earth. As with all forms of life on this planet, we are products of it, and shaped by it. This may need a little explanation.

It should be obvious, but perhaps it needs to be stated explicitly that our home planet has a unique combination of physical characteristics, which include:

Average surface temperatures

Strength of gravity

Presence, and composition, of atmosphere

Radiation from outside…including heat and other radiation from our Sun

Availability of certain chemicals and compounds – e.g. for food, for fuel, for manufacturing

(You my wish to add to this list)

The list could be continued, but I am sure you get my point. This planet’s uniqueness has shaped us. We look like we do because of this planet. If we had evolved on another planet, we would reflect the uniqueness of that planet, and no doubt look different, and live different lives. In any event, there can be little doubt that we all reflect the uniqueness of this planet. That refection is another part of our inner cosmos.

As we move higher up the Cosmic holarchy, it becomes increasingly difficult to know how this manifests in our inner cosmos. Although it should be self-evident that our home star and our home galaxy are both unique, it is no easy task to describe all their unique characteristics. Of course, it is true that astronomers and cosmologists can tell us many of their unique qualities, but these will only be quantitative and physical. It is at this point that I stretch out my neck and state my strong belief that this planet, our Sun, and our home galaxy all have non-physical (spiritual) qualities, as well as their physical ones. I stretch my neck even further and say that this applies to everything in the Cosmos, including the universe itself. I did warn you that this is work in progress, so I am still exploring what these higher, spiritual qualities might be, and how they might manifest in our inner cosmos.

In any event, I do believe that we all contain the “essential natures” of all the higher “levels” of which we are part, and that the totality of these “essential natures” inside us is our inner cosmos. I find it helpful to visualise it as a kind of onion. The higher the outer “level” is, the more deeply is its essential nature contained inside us. So, at the very core of our inner cosmos is the essential nature of the universe, whatever this turns out to be. Similarly, the essential nature of the Sun is deep inside us, but not as deep as that of the universe.

As I will explain in future articles, I believe that a central component of human evolution is to become fully conscious of successively deeper layers of our inner cosmos. As each deeper layer reveals itself and comes to the surface, so to speak, this enables us to resonate with its external counterpart. We experience this resonance as knowing and consciousness.

Back now to the main theme – strange connections. We have little difficulty in seeing that all the parts of ourselves – the parts and systems of our body, as well as mind, emotions, spirit  – are connected to each other. Our own integrity, or unity, is easy to see. Although it gets more difficult to recognise integrity and unity as we ascend the scale, it still exists. It is just less apparent to us, probably because we are not accustomed to thinking in terms of wholes. It is all a matter of perception. We find it easy to grasp the integrity, the unity, of relatively small things, such as a frog or a watch. This is no doubt because we are able to see the whole of them at once. We even experience ourselves as single units in which all the parts are somehow connected to each other. The problem arises only when we try to adopt a perspective higher than our own and try to see much larger entities – the whole human race, for instance – as single units. As it happens, we can probably stretch our minds far enough to be able to recognise the integrity of the human race as a whole, as a single unit.  And, although it becomes increasingly difficult to do so, this process can be repeated up the scale, so to speak, seeing things from ever higher perspectives. If we do so, the unity and integrity of larger and larger things becomes apparent. We come to recognise that each is, in its own terms, a single entity, a single solid body. The following description of the solar system, seen from the perspective of something much larger than it (a galaxy), beautifully illustrates this:

“There will then appear an extraordinarily complex and beautiful figure. The planetary paths, drawn out into manifold spirals of various tensions and diameters, have now become a series of iridescent sheaths veiling the long white–hot thread of the Sun, each shimmering with its own characteristic colour and sheen, the whole meshed throughout by a gossamer–fine web woven from the eccentric paths of innumerable asteroids and comets, glowing with some sense of living warmth and ringing with an incredibly subtle and harmonious music. This figure is not in one detail fantastic. The width of the planets’ orbits will determine the size of each enveloping sheath: the diameter of the planet the coarseness or fineness of the thread of which it is spun: the planet relative curvature its refractive index or colour: the number and distance of its moons its sheen or luminescence: while the speeds of planetary rotation will the cause the totality of sheaths to emit a magnetic or living emanation.”

(Rodney Collin:  The Theory of Celestial Influence)

Now, try to imagine seeing from the perspective of the universe itself. From its own, inconceivably huge perspective, it is a single, solid, unified, totally interconnected body. All its parts are intimately, and instantaneously, connected to each other. Time and space do not act as limits.

I need hardly add that we inhabit this universe. Perhaps we should not be surprised at “strange connections”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WE ARE MICROCOSMS

It has been over three months since I last wrote about the “inner cosmos”, and over a month since I last wrote about anything! Put it down to two broken legs. Mine came first, when skiing in March. And then Ana broke hers climbing some big rocks in the garden. There is nothing like a broken leg to play havoc with one’s routine. Two broken legs is havoc squared!

While recovering, I have been giving a lot of thought to the inner cosmos. If I had to define it, I would say that it is the reflection of the Cosmos within us. We are similar to the Cosmos in more ways than you might imagine. I believe that this is very significant.

First, it is a new way of saying that “God is within us”, meaning that we somehow contain the Universe inside us. This in turn gives us a fresh perspective on religion and spirituality.

Second, it helps to explain why we just know things about the Cosmos and about its various “levels” (planets, stars, etc.), without any apparent reason for knowing. We know because we resonate  with the Cosmos and with its levels, and we resonate because we are like them! We are on the same wavelength, if you like.

Third, as I will show in future blogs, it provides a very effective basis for developing our consciousness. In essence, this involves “unpeeling” successively deeper layers of our inner cosmos. Once they are revealed, they can resonate with their external counterparts, and we experience this resonance as consciousness and knowing.

Fourth, it gives us a new way of understanding what it means to be human, to be natural, to be earthly (i.e. of this planet), and to be Cosmic. I will say much more about this later.

Fifth, perhaps most controversially, the fact of our inner cosmos strongly suggests that we are not alone. It is conventional wisdom to believe that life happened here by chance, and that we human beings evolved out of that chance happening, and only on this one planet. I believe differently. I believe that the existence of our inner cosmos, and the immense holarchy that it reflects, suggest that we human beings are integral parts of the universe and that, as such, we are to be found all over it. That said, our appearance will vary widely, according to local conditions.

Although I could list many more far-reaching implications of our inner cosmos, I will just mention one more today. Since we are microcosms of the Cosmos, it flows that it is a macrocosm of us! This surely means, does it not, that if we want to understand the Universe, we should first understand ourselves. And that if we want to understand ourselves more fully and more deeply, we should study the Universe more fully and more deeply.

In my next blog, I will outline what our inner cosmos looks like, and how it functions.