We really pride ourselves on our intellectual prowess, don’t we? We have a good handle on all of what we see as reality, and if we can’t see it, it’s just fantasy isn’t it? So what is it about this powerful gravity source that astronomers and cosmologists are all abuzz over? Such a little thing, this dark matter and energy permeating all of the known universe, is it not? It only comprises 97% of the entire mass of the universe.
Now the existence of a dark mass of physical matter and energy out there in the universe may be upsetting to the astronomer and the cosmologist, but what about the fact that this dark mass actually permeates all of reality, that it is present right here on the earth; right here with us, next to you now, and more disturbing than that, it exists within you in tandem with every particle of your being. Its right here with us now, and we cannot see it, cannot feel, smell, taste, hear or experience it in any way. In truth, there is 97% of reality existing with you at this very moment that you cannot experience.
And what about the microbiome? Our bodies have microbial counterpart that has been genetically linked in our physical systems for generations. It is working in a symbiotic relation with our human systems to aid our system in a hostile microbial environment to maintain the health of our bodies, without which the organism called man could not function properly. There are about six to ten pounds of microbes and bacteria operating for the mutual well-being of the body. This is surprisingly a very recent discovery in the field of medical science. These two brief passages are copied from the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and report the importance of this phenomenon called the microbiome (link)
“In addition to the development of resistance, the use of antibiotics heavily disrupts the ecology of the human microbiome (i.e., the collection of cells, genes, and metabolites from the bacteria, eukaryotes, and viruses that inhabit the human body).In 2015, antibiotic-resistant pathogens were estimated to cause over 50,000 deaths a year in Europe and the USA. The toll is projected to rise to 10 million deaths per year worldwide by 2050 . These figures suggest we are reaching the end of the antibiotic era.”
The solution to the pervasive desire to use antibiotics due to fear of germs and virus infection today has precipitated into this toxic disruption of the genetically linked microbiome to the point that medical science has had to resort to a technique that sounds very distasteful to the average person, but the curative results prove to be more than vital to the afflicted patient. This technique is referred to as a fecal transplant, and yes, it is just what it sounds like; transplanting a healthy fecal sample form one human donor directly into the colon of the afflicted recipient patient.
I say this to point out not what we have recently learned about our lives, but to point out just how much we do not know about the world around us. There is also the very recent discovery of the endocannabinoid system,
“The endocannabinoid system has been recently recognized as an important modulatory system in the function of brain, endocrine, and immune tissues. It appears to play a very important regulatory role in the secretion of hormones related to reproductive functions and response to stress… the function of the food intake centers of the central nervous system and gastrointestinal tract activity. The endocannabinoid system regulates not only the central and peripheral mechanisms of food intake, but also lipids synthesis and turnover in the liver and adipose tissue as well as glucose metabolism in muscle cells.”
This is but a sampling of all of the roles that the endocannabinoid system play is the homeostatic balancing of the various systems of the body. The discovery began in the late 1960s and become relevant as a vital homeostatic system in the 1990s. In light of what our amazing world of science has just recently discovered, I ask this poignant question, “What else exists out there, and in our very midst, that we are entirely clueless about?” How can we act as though the five physical senses are proof of reality when these senses obviously do not reveal dark matter and its counterpart dark energy, even with the advent of newly devised highly advanced technology designed specifically to detect it.
“The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) dark matter experiment, which operates beneath a mile of rock at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in the Black Hills of South Dakota, has completed its silent search for the missing matter of the universe.” (link)
They have yet to confirm its presence, but the facility is in search of this dark matter and energy right here within our world on earth. By scientific definition this matter and energy must exist with normal or regular matter and energy, for lack of a better terminology.
Similarly, our amazing science has been in the dark to the microbiome, the endocannabinoid system and now we have the recent discovery of the mesentery, a double fold of peritoneum – the lining of the abdominal cavity – that holds our intestine to the wall of our abdomen. Again I ask, “What else exists out there, and in our very midst, that we are entirely clueless about?” How can we actually testify that reality is limited to what we experience with our five physical senses and our current knowledge derived through physical experience? We are truly far more arrogant than we are intelligent. I suggest that what we know to what we do not know is relevant to the existence of this dark mass to the visible mass, which is roughly 97 to 3.
Now, in light of this understanding, tell me again that reality is limited to what we are able to experience with the puny physical senses. Tell me now that there is no spiritual reality. Tell me there is no God or supernatural agencies at work in our existence. Tell me that our great scientific minds know all that we need to know to function as a society. This is why medicine and doctors and the other sciences refer to their professions in terms of practice!
Now about what we know about reality itself, about the very substance of reality, thought to be matter itself. In the early 1900s, Max Planck set out to reveal the substance of reality in his study of matter and of the visibility thereof, the essence of light itself. Here is an excerpt from a conclusive speech Planck gave in Florence Italy, 1944, before an assembly of his colleagues and interested parties.
“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clearheaded science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about the atoms this much: There is no matter as such! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Spirit. This Spirit is the matrix of all matter.”
If you do the research on the quantum research generated by Planck’s revelations you will discover that matter is merely energy slowed to a point that we are able to experience is with our senses. Even Albert Einstein’s astounding equation that was used to develop the atom bomb used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the 1945 E=Mc2 states within itself that matter is energy and energy is matter. To quote Einstein:
“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”
Therefore, the substance of reality cannot possibly be matter or its smallest most indivisible bit, the subatomic particle. For centuries philosophers and other great minds from the time of Democritus, circa 460-370 BC, believed that the atom was the substance of matter and of all reality. “Matter consists of separate, partless, solid, eternal, immutable, invisible and intangible unit – particles which are physically and theoretically indivisible atoms (the ‘uncuttable’).
The ‘uncuttable’ turned out to be immaterial as well. The subatomic particle is now understood to exist as in a wave/particle duality, which is a cumbersome way science has adopted to describe the fact that matter is nonexistent. One moment the researcher observes the “particle” behave as a wave of energy, and the next moment the researcher observes the wave of energy behave as a “particle.” This was revealed to the astounded scientists in the renowned double-slit experiment; an experiment that scientists have repeated countless times over the last century making every attempt possible to disprove the disconcerting results. Their obviously disconcerting result is this; the intention of the observer to see one or the other influences the result of the experiment in favor of the observer’s intention. What the observer intends to see is what the observer sees!
Now, we know that observation is the act of a conscious and intelligence, and as Planck said, “All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Spirit. This Spirit is the matrix of all matter.” So we must ask ourselves, from the conclusions of these very learned men, “Just what is the substance of realty.” If we claim it is matter, we are dead wrong. If we claim it is the force or the wave/particle duality we know as the subatomic particle, we fall short of Planck’s revelation that it is the conscious and intelligent spirit.
The force or energy that matters is maintained by a control energy, and not the energy that we are able to measure with our conventional detection equipment, but it is the recently discovered zero-point energy, the force behind the unified field. Now this is the most highly debated conclusion in the realm of the physical sciences, but many theories concerning the nature of reality are based upon this conclusion. The force of the spirit that manifests our reality is what science and philosophy refer to as conscious awareness. Through our own consciousness we are collectively manifesting the reality that we collectively experience. Reality, then, is a divine symphony of our passions and desires, made more mysterious and deepening the plot of reality through our worries, anxieties; our fear and our doubts.
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” Said Shakespeare. And in this new realization, all the man and women are the producers, the writers and directors as well. But many of you will wonder how in the world someone who writes about Christianity and spiritual wisdom would be relating to reality in terms of quantum mechanics. The link I will reveal to you at this time is found in the Book of John, chapter one.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4). The clue is this; Conscious awareness is the light that is life.