Quantum Physics and the “Light of Awareness”
Let’s look a little further into how we create ideas to attempt to fit our version of reality. It was discovered in 1932 that every particle has its opposite, an antiparticle, which is another particle with a series of opposing characteristics to its non-twin. Moreover, whenever they meet they always destroy one another. How might this fit with the principle of duality? Indeed, when we see the interconnectedness of all things, the principle of duality drops away. Furthermore, when a positron meets an electron they disappear and in their place are two photons, which immediately leave the scene at the speed of light. How might this fit with the idea of “shining the light of awareness” on an erroneous idea of the mind, causing it to disappear? The euphemisms referred to here are used as a symbolic expression of our experience with physical reality.
One of the major differences between the world of particles (quantum physics) and the world of material (classical physics) is that in the former, we can’t know, with certainty, both speed and location, whereas, in the latter, that is precisely what allows us to determine the laws that govern the physical universe. Specifically, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle suggests that the more certain we are of a particle’s position, the less certain we are of its momentum, and vice versa. Furthermore, this applies to nil, that is to say, if we know with precision one, we will know nothing at all about the other. The same could be said about the interaction between time and energy. An antiparticle is a particle moving “backward in time,” at least that is the simplest interpretation of what happens when particles collide. This applies when colliding an electron and a positron (anti-electron or an electron with a positive charge).
The Power of Love
The electromagnetic force is the attraction and repulsion of electrically charged particles and is said to be “the fundamental glue of the universe.” This force (which is really an interaction between virtual photon clouds) holds atoms together, both externally (with each other to form molecules) as well as internally (by holding the electrons in levels near the nucleus). The strong force is what is said to hold the nucleus itself together and is 100 times stronger, hence, the name the “strong” force. It must be stronger because the protons naturally repel one another. Therefore, it takes a powerful force to keep them together. It is the strongest known force in nature. Going back to the euphemisms mentioned above, this is like the power of love (and love is energy), which many say is the strongest force in the Universe. Indeed, the “closer” two people are, the stronger the love connection, or “force,” between them.
Taking it a step further, the principle of duality could be said to be the most powerful idea in the universe. Indeed, we could not have experience without it. Furthermore, every other thought or idea stems from the principle of duality, and it is the collection of thoughts and ideas, along with the energetic attachment associated with them, that comprises the ego. It has been said that if we were to completely shed the ego, there would be nothing to hold the material of the body intact, and therefore, we would leave this world. Moreover, it is by transcending the ego that leads to enlightenment. What is becoming “lighter?” The ego! We become less “of this world,” and more “in this world.” With this in mind it becomes clear that we are not to make an enemy out of the ego, because without it we would not have this worldly experience. The key, then, is to find the balance between the two, the “middle way,” if you will.
We Are One
Just as electrons are emitting and absorbing virtual photons continuously, so too are protons emitting and absorbing virtual particles (pions). The interaction between these pions that occurs between protons is the strong force. Further, when protons and neutrons approach one another and exchange pions, they change back and forth into one another (a proton becomes a neutron and vice versa). This is why it has been suggested that a proton is really a positively charged neutron. They are one and the same (compare this to the idea that, in reality, there is no other, or, “I and the Father are one”). It is the pion dance between these particles that make up the strong force, which holds the nucleus intact.
This particle interaction (or dance) is said to occur in a thousand trillionths of a second. Furthermore, when looking at particle collision in a space-time map, which includes the passage of time as a fourth dimension, it appears that an antiparticle is actually moving backward in time. However, we could never actually “see” this happen in “real” time because it happens much too quickly to be observed by any known method (other than mathematically). Instead, we would “see” it moving linearly through time in a sequence of events. In other words, our experience is not reality. However, it is in relation to it, and our stories and myths attempt to demonstrate that.
Electrons are emitting virtual photons all the time. However, the electron reabsorbs them, which is what makes them “virtual” (being so in essence but not in actual fact). Apparently, it is only when the electron is in a state of excitation (i.e., it has moved to an outer level because it was forced out with extra energy) that it emits photons. Further, when two electrons approach one another their virtual photons overlap and can be absorbed by the other. It is suggested that this is what causes repulsion between electrons (recall that protons and electrons attract but particles of the same nature repel one another). The more the electrons’ virtual photon clouds overlap, the more virtual photons are exchanged and the stronger the repulsion. Consider how moving two magnets together act in this way. This absorption and emission is happening everywhere at all times and seems to be the fundamental basis for the transformation of form.
The point of the information provided above is this: Words are used as a symbolic representation of reality and are not to be confused with reality itself. For example, like happiness, enlightenment is a state of being and therefore, cannot be described. Words used to describe experiences are symbols. Symbols and experiences do not follow the same rules. This seems to be analogous to quantum physics (QP) and classical physics. QP seems to be the subjective experience behind the objective world of classical physics.