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Innumerable Atoms Whirling and Dancing

“’The red brick,’ says Science, ‘is a mere convention. In reality, that bit, like all other bits of the universe, consists, so far as I know at present, of innumerable atoms whirling and dancing one about the other. It is no more solid than a snowstorm. Were you to eat of Alice-in-Wonderland’s mushroom, and shrink to the dimensions of the infra-world, each atom with its electrons might seem to you a solar system and the red brick itself a universe. Moreover, these atoms themselves elude me as I try to grasp them. They are only manifestations of something else. Could I track matter to its lair, I might conceivable discover that it has no extension, and become an idealist in spite of myself. As for redness, as you call it, that is a question of the relstionship between your optic nerve and the light waves which it is unable to absorb. This evening, when the sun slopes, your brick will probably be purple, a very little deviation from normal vision on your part would make it green. Even the sense that the object of perception is outside yourself may be fancy; since you can as easily attribute this external quality to images seen in dreams, and to waking hallucinations, as you do to those objects which, as you absurdly say, are really there.’

“Further, there is no trustworthy standard by which we can separate the ‘real’ from the ‘unreal’ aspects of phenomena. Such standards as exist are conventional and correspond to convenience, not to truth.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Red Brick

It is surprising that Evelyn Underhill wrote this about 100 years ago. She shows an understanding of the realm of matter that rivals the best Quantum Physicists of today. But that is true of many great spiritual teachers and prophets. They often saw a reality that was hidden to material science, and still do in some cases.

So first off, she is telling us that the apparently hard-as-rock and totally solid brick is nothing of the sort. It is revealed to be mostly empty space when sufficiently magnified. And this wad when the smallest particles known were atoms. But now we can even look into the atom and see the subatomic particles from which it is constructed. And when it is magnified sufficiently to do that, it is revealed that the greatest part of the atom is empty space. The electrons and the nucleus of the atom make us far less than one percent of the total size of the complete atom. But it probably isn’t completely true to say that what is between those particles is “empty space”. It is more accurate to say they are areas devoid of matter. They are, however, holding great amounts of energy, as we know from atomic bombs which are created by freeing that energy in the atoms.

Innumerable Atoms Dancing

This is something that most people don’t think about, but should. Underhill is correct in saying that the atoms are whirling, dancing, moving. They are always moving. They never stop moving. If they stopped moving, it would probably be as much of a disaster to us as when they are broken open in atomic bombs.

There is a lesson to be learned here. Look at this on another level. Everything in the universe is constantly moving as well. Planets spin around stars. Stars dance around the center of a galaxy, and so on. Movement is life. Yet too many humans seem to have the goal in life of reducing their movement as much as possible. Some would probably be perfectly happy to sit still forever if it were possible. But that is not how things function in a living universe. In fact, it is probably true that those who constantly move are those who grow or at least have the potential to grow if they move in the right direction. Those who try to avoid moving, or changing, cannot grow. The strength of that red brick is in the innumerable atoms moving within it. When we move, within and without, we make ourselves stronger.

Matter Has No Extension

I think what Underhill means by this is that matter has no reality behind it. Matter is an illusion. That teaching is shared by most spiritual and mystery schools of the past and present. But that doesn’t mean that matter doesn’t exist. It does exist, but it isn’t what it appears to be. The physical universe is, according to the findings of quantum physics, just a great hologram. Since a hologram is just an image made of light, that solid red brick is but an image made entirely of light. Quantum physics also tells us that those atoms, or at least the electrons in them, are only particles when observes. When not observed, they are just waves of potential. That is why light is both waves and particles.

So those innumerable atoms whirling and dancing are really beams of light in a hologram whirling and dancing. And to some degree, the dance they do seems to be determined by us. We might say it is a giant sandbox or Lego set. But before you run outside and try to manifest a Rolls Royce, remember it is WE who generate the universe; a collective we, not each individual. It is the sum of all our thoughts that create the world we see. The thoughts of just one have only a very limited effect on the universe and those innumerable atoms.

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Two Suns, Two Currents of Power

“People expect the Sun to rise so that they can enjoy its light and heat. According to me it does not matter it it is only the external Sun which has risen if the outer sun has risen but the inner human Sun has not done so, nothing is gained. It is a significant moment when the rising of the outer Sun corresponds to the rising of the inner Sun. This is a real sunrise. … There is no greater joy than seeing both within and without. Great is the joy of the human being and of the whole of heaven when all people on earth understand and know their creator. …

“When a man raises his hands with palms towards the Sun this may warm his whole body since the warmth moves all around the body along the nerves.

“There are two currents, two kinds of energies. When the solar energy the leaves develop well, the branches grow—there is a growth upward. When the current of the earth is stronger, then the roots develop well.” ~Biensa Douno

Two Suns Rising

I often write about two suns: the physical and the spiritual. But here Douno is speaking of a different pair of suns: the inner and the outer. The outer sun is, of course, that one shining in the sky. The inner sun is the pineal gland, often called the third eye. But this inner sun has two natures just as does the outer sun. The pineal gland is also the location of a spiritual energy center. So we are really talking about four suns, two physical and two spiritual.

Two Suns Rising Together

What Douno means when he says that it is best if both suns rise together, is that sun gazing has limited benefits if the inner sun, the pineal gland, is not as open to it as the body and mind.

Snakes gaze at the sun. So do frogs and some birds. But they do not awaken their souls by doing so. That is partly because they are incapable of doing it with an open inner sun. They do so with no intent of growth, especially spiritual growth. Humans are different. We are capable of intent. We can visualize that light of the external sun, both the physical and spiritual, entering our eyes and filling our pineal so it opens like the lotus that is often used to represent it. Continue reading “Two Suns, Two Currents of Power”

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Unity of Spirit Through Inner and Outer Development

“Now consider diligently how we can acquire and possess the most inward exercise of our spirit in the created light. The man who is well adorned with the most virtues of the outward life, and has risen into nobility and divine peace by inward practices, he possesses the unity of the spirit, enlightened by supernatural wisdom, flowing fourth in generous love toward heaven and earth and lifting itself up by its reverence and its merits, and flowing back into that very ground, the most high Unity of God, from which all things proceed. For each creature, according to whether it has received more or less from God, has more or less of ascending love and inward tendency towards its origin, for God and all His gifts invite us into Him, and through charity and the virtues and resemblance, was designed to enter into Him.

“Through this loving inclination of God, and His inward working to the unity of our spirit, and further through our glowing love and the pressing of all our powers together into the very unity in which God dwells.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Well Adorned With Virtue

While most people will interpret “virtues” as meaning social things, I think it is spiritual virtues that are meant here. Social virtues like being polite, kind, helpful and so on are all good things. We should all have a virtuous social life. But a virtuous spiritual life is something different.

Spiritual virtue can be summarized in a few words: but the soul first. In other words, when life forces you to choose what is good for the material world, the physical body, the mind, or the soul, the soul should be priority number one. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of the body and mind. You should. But you should always be thinking when you do, “Is this harmful to my spirit and soul”. If the answer is yes, then you should avoid doing those things, if possible. I know that we can’t always do what we want in all circumstances. That doesn’t mean we should just forget the soul and give in to materialism.

Unity of Spirit

Ruysbroeck says that unity of spirit brings us divine peace, enlightenment, and divine wisdom. This is all true. It doesn’t happen overnight, however. And it doesn’t happen all at once. We have to be persistent and patient, and gradually the changes will happen. It is very much worth the time and effort.

Unity of spirit means we are one complete being. Our physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual parts are working together as a whole. Our left hand will know what the right hand is doing. More importantly, the body will know what is good for the soul. So will the mind. But unity of spirit goes beyond that. It also means we are united with other spirits. We are united on a spiritual level with other living people. We are also united with purely spiritual beings like angels. And we are even united with the plants and animals, for they have spirits as well. We are part of spiritual oneness. It even means that we are one with God and the spiritual universe.

Inward and Outward

One thing that so many spiritual students of today miss is made clear in the quote. I put the word “and” in bold print just to emphasize it. So many spiritual students today say that spirituality is all about turning within and totally ignoring everything without. On the other hand, many popular churches of today have become all about what is the outer world and completely ignore the inner. In the quote, Ruysbroeck makes it clear that the successful student develops both.

It is fairly obvious why dealing with the outer world only isn’t the best path. That is the way of the materialist. It is the path of modern science that can only half explain things because they ignore anything spiritual.

It is not so obvious why turning within, and only within, isn’t the solution. Let’s start with what often happens in countries where a large percent of the population starts doing this. Their governments will almost always take advantage of the situation and essentially enslave the population. The people don’t care about their rights or the rights of others, so they are taken away, or limited. They don’t care to get involved in politics, so their governments become corrupt. Or their governments also lose interest and let their enemies overrun them. They ignore international affairs and become (or remain) third-world powers. Now you might say that materialistic, outward-looking governments and nations can be like that also. That is true. Both inward and outward is the key.

Inner and Outer Energy

Another reason is energy. I see on social media group a lot of individuals asking others to send them energy when they are ill or depresses, or otherwise feel they need energy. That alone is looking outside yourself for energy, but only in a small way. The truth is that the absolute best source of energy for us on Earth is the sun. Physical energy from the physical sun, spiritual energy from the spiritual sun. We don’t need to beg others to give us energy. The sun shares it’s energy at all times. That is its job. Why turn elsewhere? But you won’t find much energy by turning within. The energy comes from without. Then it has to be channeled and directed from within. As above, so below; as within, so without. Unity of spirit also means uniting the inner with the outer, and the outer with the inner.


Thought-Substance is Powerful Energy

“When interest, sympathy, and good will meet to present pleasantly their opinions or thoughts on any special subject to each other, for an hour, there goes from that company a wave of thought-substance, which strikes other minds, and awakens or renews interest in that especial business, art, or cause, in proportion to the sensitiveness or capacity of such minds to receive thoughts. The new thought coming suddenly to you, comes because somewhere it is being talked out or agitated.

“The wave so caused acts n unseen elements precisely like that made by throwing a stone in calm water. The waves so radiate from the talk center; and they will continue to spread out in every direction. …

‘The same idea, or parts or shades of that idea, may float into a thousand minds within an hour, when once started, through a few people taking it. … Through thought-substance so sent far and wide you awaken desire or interest for the thing talked of.” ~Prentice Mulford

Wave of Thought-Substance

Mulford uses the term “thought-substance” to make it clear that thought is a substance. More accurately, it is an energy and energy does work. That is a basic law of science we all learned in grade school. Thought-substance or thought energy does work just as any other energy does. The main difference is that with most other kinds of energy, we are intentionally using that energy to do a specific task. We intentionally hit the nail with a hammer. The hammer doesn’t just jump up on its own and start hitting the nail. But with thought, most of us are unaware of the work being done by that energy.

A curious argument on the power of thought-substance exists today. While many insist that watching violent movies and television, or playing violent video games, leads to increased violence in our world, the makers of those products deny it. Yet, at the same time, meditation groups sponsor events where thousands of people meditate for peace together and the result is that crime and violence in the area drops dramatically. Unfortunately, that drop is temporary. Yet, it does demonstrate that thought energy does do work. And further, it shows that that energy can be directed to do a specific task. Continue reading “Thought-Substance is Powerful Energy”