Theology and science were never good bedfellows -- until recently.
Last week, we talked about the role religion played historically and why it may be failing us at this point in our evolution. Using science, it appears we can now explain how we interact with God (the universe) through our thoughts. Ancient biblical text, through its rituals, taught us to pray, to chant, to meditate in order to ask God to manifest our desires. Now, it is clear that there is a boundary between science and philosophy, between reality and fantasy. That boundary is Quantum Mechanics. Quantum Mechanics is the steppingstone between ourselves and the Universe, between what we want and making it actually happen in the natural.
It all starts with the photon, that little corpuscle of light. A photon is a packet of energy of a given wavelength; light of certain wavelengths we can see. Thus red, blue, yellow are all visible wavelengths to us, while infrared, ultraviolet and gamma rays are not. From here, a scientist named Max Planck defined an equation to describe the energy of light. He said that a given photon's energy is equal to its frequency times a constant named after him, that we call Planck's Constant. This simply formula is written as E = h v, where "h" is Planck's constant, and "v" is the photon's frequency. Planck's constant being a very small number, being equal to 6.63 x 10 ^-34 Joule-seconds, so we can expect the energy of a single photon to likewise be equally tiny. But remember that in a given beam of light there are far more photons than there are blades of grass in your backyard.
Albert Einstein Does Not Like Quantum Mechanics
Now, something else that figures in here was actually contributed by one of Quantum Mechanic's biggest detractors, Albert Einstein. He said that energy and matter are the same thing, that all matter is comprised of energy. His equation is the even more famous, E=mc^2, where "m" is an object's mass and "c^2" means the speed of light squared. So all matter -- you, me, this post you're reading, the computer you're reading it on -- is made up of energy. But what is energy? Well, Einstein went on to say that light is, in fact, a very small particle with the energy described by Planck's equation, so energy in it's purest form is carried by photons of light. Thus, we are all of us made up of constrained light.
We speak of light like as if it is a particle, even as we say that photons are discrete packets of energy. But light has a wavelength, which makes it a wave. So is it particle or wave? The answer is both. Thus we have two of the basic precepts of Quantum Mechanics. The first: Energy is not a continuous stream, but actually a stream of discrete, if very small, units that we call quanta. The second is that photons behave both like particles and like waves. It sounded pretty weird at first, but as people thought it over they realized that it did explain why electrons are found only in certain energy levels.
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101:1.3 The divine spirit makes contact with mortal man, not by feelings or emotions, but in the realm of the highest and most spiritualized thinking. It is your thoughts, not your feelings, that lead you Godward. The divine nature may be perceived only with the eyes of the mind. But the mind that really discerns God, hears the indwelling Adjuster, is the pure mind. “Without holiness no man may see the Lord.” All such inner and spiritual communion is termed spiritual insight. Such religious experiences result from the impress made upon the mind of man by the combined operations of the Adjuster and the Spirit of Truth as they function amid and upon the ideas, ideals, insights, and spirit strivings of the evolving sons of God.
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