What does it mean to “be in this world not of this world?” Might it have something to do with consciousness and the direction of attention? In order to understand how to utilize this teaching in our daily life, lets explore the science behind human energy. The human energy system is more important than it’s given credit for. We can see evidence of its value in science, religion and philosophical teachings.
Einstein’s Particle Theory of Light
Every time a particle of light (a photon) hits an electron it knocks it out of the orbit of its atom. This is why violet light (made of high energy photons) causes the electron to bounce off with high speed. Red light, because it is a lower frequency, works in the opposite way. It seems important to note here that high frequency light has a short wavelength and vice versa. In addition, the higher the frequency the higher the energy and vice versa.
High frequency light waves contain larger packets of energy (quanta) than lower frequency light waves. Further, this difference is quantifiable and is in proportion to Plank’s constant (*h=6.63 x 1027 erg-sec). Gary Zukav explained the phenomenon thusly:
“When a black body is put over low heat, the first color it glows is red because the energy packets (quanta) of red light are the smallest energy packets in the visible light spectrum. As the heat is increased, more energy is available to shake loose bigger energy packets. The bigger energy packets make the higher frequency colors, such as blue and violet.”
According to Zukav, “subatomic particles are not ‘made of’ energy, they are energy.” He went on to write that they are “interactions of energy with energy.” This idea seems to be a good lead into the chakra system, and how it fits in quantum physics and what it means to us as human beings.
The Energy Centers of the Body
In the chakra energy system of the body, which is where the emotions are generated, the root chakra is said to be red, which is the lowest frequency (400-484 THz) and has the longest wavelength (620-750 nm) in the visible light spectrum. This is why fear for our life produces the most destructive emotions. They are emanating from the root chakra, which is where our basic sense of survival comes from. The same could be said about the other “lower” chakras, the sacral (orange) and the solar plexus (yellow). The sacral chakra is largely responsible for our sense of well-being and the solar plexus for our sense of control. When either of these beliefs are threatened, the corresponding chakra produces destructive emotions, such as anger, jealousy, shame, and the like.
In contrast, the crown chakra is said to be of the color violet with the highest frequency (668-789 THz) and shortest wavelength (380-450 nm). The crown chakra is related to our sense of connectedness with the universe, and therefore, when we are centering awareness on this chakra there is no felt fear, simply because we know we are part of the eternal source energy and only the physical body is subject to destruction. Similarly, the remaining “upper” chakras, the ajna, throat chakras operate at a higher frequency and therefore, produce the higher frequency “positive” emotions (such as joy, excitement, and happiness).
Destructive Emotions and Energy
It could be said, then, that the destructive emotions are those which lead us closer to matter (of this world) and the so-called “positive” emotions lead us closer to source energy, or the higher vibrational energy of the chakras located furthest from the earth (i.e., heart chakra and above). This also points to theological ideology of “heaven above” and “hell below.” What is it above and below? The heart center.
In this case, the “middle way,” prescribed by the Buddha, is keeping awareness centered on the heart chakra. If we lean too far above, we place too much emphasis on spirit (source energy), which causes a disconnect between us and our environment (including friends and family), but if we lean too far below, we place too much emphasis on the body world (matter), and we become disconnected with source energy.
This seems to be what Christ meant when he said not to “store our treasures in heaven.” If we place too much emphasis on the spirit world (the world of energy) we will miss the messages we are to learn from being “in this world.” However, if we place too much emphasis on matter (of this world) then we will forget that we are beings of light (the intelligent energy that shapes the matter), and be relegated to suffering through the erroneous identification with duality. In turn, we would be lost in a sea of confusion because we would be “of this world” rather than in it!
Energy and Healing
Gaining a better understanding of the chakra system can aid in the healing process. We can visualize the color associated with the chakra in relation to the part of the body in need of healing (balancing), and in turn, harmony can be restored. For example, if our illness is in association with experiencing chronic stress over finances, then picturing the color red and placing awareness on the root chakra (at the base of the spine), will put our mind in the proper frequency to balance that particular chakra.
What this amounts to is keeping the mind in the present moment experience, feeling the energy flow in the body, and letting it go. In turn, the energetic system will remain balanced and the energy will flow freely, optimizing health. Indeed, illness is caused by blocked energy, which is why some have referred to disease as “dis-ease.” When the energy is blocked in the body we experience disharmony, and if this dis-ease continues for a prolonged period of time it will manifest into a disease. Balancing our energy system is an important step toward stress relief. Therefore, to optimize health, stay in the present moment and be here now!
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