“Todo es Energia”


AutocontrolNOTA: Este discurso es un extracto del libro El Camino Interno de la Luz. The Inner Path of Light.

Una de las razones que muchas personas no obtienen los resultados del camino es que no tienen control sobre sus circunstancias internas. Por lo tanto, es útil comprender los factores que impiden a las personas estar en control de sí mismos.

Psicologia Humana
Psicologia Humana

Los discursos siguientes describen los dos factores más importantes que impiden la mejora de sus circunstancias interiores (y exteriores) . Sin embargo, para explicar claramente estos factores, es necesario construir una base que sirva para aclarar cómo funciona la Psicologia humana. Este discurso utiliza los últimos descubrimientos de la ciencia para examinar la cuestión de si las personas son más que seres materiales.

Una nueva visión del mundo es necesaria

Medieval Europe
Europa Medieval

Vamos a realizar un experimento de pensamiento y  proyectarnos mentalmente de nuevo a la Europa medieval. Nos encontramos rodeados de gente que creen que la Tierra es plana y que es el centro del universo. Para una persona del mundo moderno, este es un descubrimiento muy extraño. ¿Cómo podrían, posiblemente, creer las personas en las ideas que son tan obviamente equivocadas? A medida que lo examinamos más de cerca, encontramos dos razones por las que las personas creen que la Tierra es plana:

Tierra Plana
"La Tierra Es Plana"

* A partir de la infancia temprana, las personas están condicionadas para creer que la Tierra es plana.
* Basado en lo que la gente experimenta a través de sus sentidos, tiene sentido decir que la Tierra es plana.

Cuando se mira hacia el horizonte, parece razonable que la Tierra podría ser un disco plano y que se puede uno caer al borde. Al observar el cielo nocturno, parece razonable que los cuerpos celestes giran alrededor de la Tierra y por lo tanto este planeta debe ser el centro del universo.

Tierra es el centro
"La Tierra como centro del Universo"

A medida que tomamos un vistazo más cercano a la sociedad medieval, nos damos cuenta de que la creencia en una Tierra plana tiene una profunda influencia en la opinión de la gente de ellos mismos y su mundo. En realidad, esta creencia es la limitación de personas de muchas maneras sutiles, y es la prevención de la progresión de la sociedad en su conjunto. Vemos claramente que esta creencia errónea tiene que desaparecer. Por lo tanto, nos emocionamos cuando algunos científicos sostienen que la Tierra es redonda y que no es el centro del universo. Pensamos: “Ahora vamos a ver algunos avances importantes!”

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Indiferencia

Para nuestra consternación, los nuevos descubrimientos científicos no son universalmente aceptados. La nueva idea se encuentra con la férrea oposición de los poderes fácticos y la indiferencia general de la gente. Al principio, nos sentimos aturdidos. ¿Cómo puede la gente posiblemente rechazar una idea correcta y aferrarse a las viejas ideas que son tan obviamente incorrectas? A medida que lo examinamos nos damos cuenta de que la gente medieval no son tontos o primitivos. Ellos son simplemente personas, lo que significa que son criaturas de hábitos. Por lo tanto, no están dispuestos a dejar ir una idea que les es familiar. Al observar que las décadas pasan, nos damos cuenta de que lleva mucho tiempo antes de que la gente cambie su visión del mundo de acuerdo a los últimos descubrimientos de la ciencia.

Cuando volvemos a nuestro propio tiempo, sentimos una sensación de alivio. En el mundo de hoy, la gente ya no está limitada por las creencias anticuadas en una tierra plana. Entonces, una pregunta recurrente se cuela en nuestras mentes, “¿ES La gente moderna realmente tan diferente?” La gente de hoy en día también son criaturas de hábitos. ¿Es posible que la gente todavía se aferren a la creencia obsoleta? ¿Qué pasa si la gente moderna no ha adaptado su visión del mundo sobre la base de los últimos descubrimientos de la ciencia? Tal vez podría ser útil dar un vistazo más cercano y con atencion a los descubrimientos científicos.

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Everything Is Energy

NOTE: This discourse is an excerpt from the book The Inner Path of Light.


One reason many people fail to get results from the path is that they do not take command over their inner circumstances. Therefore, it is helpful to understand the factors that prevent people from being in control of themselves.

The following discourses will describe the two most important factors that prevent you from improving your inner (and outer) circumstances. However, to clearly explain these factors, it is necessary to build a foundation that will clarify how the human psyche works. This discourse will use the latest discoveries of science to examine the question of whether people are more than just material beings.


A new world view is needed

Let us perform a thought experiment and mentally project ourselves back to medieval Europe. We find ourselves surrounded by people who believe the Earth is flat and that it is the center of the universe. For a person from the modern world, this is a somewhat shocking discovery. How could people possibly believe in ideas that are so obviously wrong? As we take a closer look, we find two reasons why people believe the Earth is flat:

  • From early childhood, people are conditioned to believe the Earth is flat.

  • Based on what people experience through their senses, it makes sense to say that the Earth is flat.

When you look towards the horizon, it seems reasonable that the Earth could be a flat disc and that you might fall off the edge. When you observe the night sky, it seems reasonable that the heavenly bodies are revolving around the Earth and therefore this planet must be the center of the universe.

As we take a closer look at medieval society, we realize that the belief in a flat Earth has a profound influence on people’s view of themselves and their world. In reality, this belief is limiting people in many subtle ways, and it is preventing the progression of society as a whole. We clearly see that this incorrect belief has to go. Therefore, we get exited when a few scientists claim that the Earth is round and that it is not the center of the universe. We think, “Now we will see some major progress!”

To our dismay, the new scientific findings are not universally accepted. The new idea encounters fierce opposition from the powers that be and a general indifference from the people. At first, we feel stunned. How could people possibly reject a correct idea by clinging to old ideas that are so obviously incorrect? As we take a closer look, we realize that medieval people are not unintelligent or primitive. They are simply people, meaning that they are creatures of habit. Therefore, they are reluctant to let go of an idea that is familiar to them. As we watch the decades go by, we realize that it takes a long time before people change their world view according to the latest discoveries of science.

As we return to our own time, we feel a sense of relief. In today’s world, people are no longer bound by outdated beliefs in a flat Earth. Then, a nagging question sneaks into our minds, “Are modern people really all that different?” The people of today are also creatures of habit. Is it possible that people still cling to outdated beliefs? What if modern people have not adjusted their world view based on the latest discoveries of science? Perhaps it might be helpful to take a closer look at scientific discoveries.

A relatively important discovery

During the 1800s, some scientists were talking about a phenomenon called “the end of science.” Many scientists believed that existing scientific theories had explained all of the natural laws that created the material universe. Current theories could not account for a few things, but most scientists believed that these were “details,” or “anomalies,” that would soon be explained.

In 1903, a clerk at the Swiss patent office in Bern started studying one of these anomalies. While thinking about the problem, he had an intuitive vision that gave him a new view of how the universe works. It took him almost two years to translate this vision into a credible scientific theory. When he published his new theory in 1905, he quickly became world-famous. His name was Albert Einstein, and his new theory was the theory of relativity.

The theory of relativity shook the foundations of physics and opened new vistas for scientific investigation. Today, physicists still cannot fully explain all of the implications of this groundbreaking theory. Unfortunately, the theory of relativity has not had the same impact on the world view of the general population. The reason is that most people, including many scientists, have not understood or accepted the philosophical implications of this theory. Had these implications been generally accepted, an entirely new world view would have emerged.

If you are serious about making progress on the path, you cannot allow yourself to be limited by an outdated world view. Therefore, let us look at how the theory of relativity as well as other scientific discoveries can help you open up new opportunities for personal growth. As you consider the following ideas, please do not forget to use the inner approach to knowledge.

Unity behind diversity

When you examine the world through your senses, you discover an incredible diversity. Yet science has proven that this diversity exists only on the surface. When you go beyond the level of sensory experience, you discover greater unity and simplicity. All matter is made from molecules, and molecules are made from the combination of two or more different atoms.

Even atoms are not the final building blocks of matter. For decades, scientists believed that atoms were made of only three so-called elementary particles. After Einstein’s discoveries, scientists found numerous subatomic particles, but even these particles are not the fundamental building blocks of matter. Scientists still have not developed a final theory of how matter is formed, but they do know that one cannot understand matter without understanding energy. In other words, energy is the deeper, underlying reality behind the diversity of so-called solid matter. The entire matter universe is built on a foundation of vibrating energy.

The material world has many barriers that seem impenetrable to the senses. For centuries, people accepted the existence of an impenetrable barrier between the human mind and the human body. Before Einstein, physicists thought the universe was made from two separate elements, namely matter and energy. Although matter and energy could interact, they always remained separate, much like oil and water.

With his famous equation, E=mc2, Einstein made this dualistic world view obsolete. His equation proves that matter and energy are not separate elements and that one can be converted into the other. Perhaps you were taught that a nuclear reactor converts matter into energy, but this explanation is not quite correct. A nuclear reactor simply frees the energy that is already stored in the atom. Energy is stored in the atom because matter is made from energy. Einstein’s equation states that everything is energy.

Cause and effect

You have probably heard about the concept of cause and effect. For centuries, some scientist have attempted to explain every aspect of the universe as the effect of material causes. (For example, some scientists believe that thoughts are produced by chemical reactions in the brain.) As a result, many scientists have not yet begun to consider cause and effect in light of the fact that everything is energy.

Einstein’s seemingly simple equation proves that there is more to cause and effect than meets the eye. If everything is energy, then energy is the underlying reality. Therefore, if we truly want to understand our observations of the matter world, we need to consider that a physical phenomenon could be the effect of a cause that takes place in a realm of energy. In other words, energy could be the cause, and matter could be the effect. Perhaps the entire matter universe is the effect of causes that occur in a deeper realm of pure energy.

Although scientists know a lot about energy, they still cannot answer the question, What is energy? Instead, scientists talk about the properties of energy. The most distinct property of energy is that it vibrates. Energy moves in waves, and scientists talk about wavelength, amplitude and frequency. These words are simply different ways to describe and measure the vibration of energy.

The only difference between various forms of energy is a difference in vibration. You probably learned in school that visible light is light-energy and that various colors are created by light-energy of different frequencies. Violet light is not fundamentally different from red light; it merely vibrates at a higher rate. Furthermore, many forms of light are invisible to the human eye. Ultraviolet light vibrates too quickly and infrared light vibrates too slowly to be seen by the human eye.
This points to two interesting facts:

  • Your senses cannot detect certain forms of light, yet these forms of energy are as real as visible light rays or solid matter. Likewise, the realm of invisible energy is just as real as the matter universe.

  • The only difference between various forms of light is in their vibration. Because so-called solid matter is a form of energy, it follows that the only difference between matter and less physical energy is a difference in vibration. Therefore, you can convert matter into energy, or energy into matter, by changing the vibration of the energy.

Going beyond matter

How valid is the idea of a realm, a dimension or a world made of pure energy? Scientists do not have final proof that such a realm exists, but they do have evidence. Based on Einstein’s discovery, a group of physicists developed a new branch of science called quantum physics, or quantum mechanics. This science studies the world of subatomic particles, which is where matter meets energy. Because matter is made from energy, there must be a dividing line at which vibrating energy turns into solid matter.

Let us make this less abstract by visualizing that we take a trip into the deeper realms of matter. You know that your body is made from smaller building blocks called cells. Cells are made from even smaller entities, namely molecules. Molecules are made from atoms, and atoms are made from elementary particles that are incredibly small. Scientists have found that elementary particles are very different from what we normally consider a particle. In other words, elementary particles are not a bunch of tiny billiard balls moving around at the speed of light. In fact, scientists have discovered (and proven through numerous experiments) that elementary particles have a dual nature. Sometimes they behave as matter particles and sometimes they behave as waves of pure energy.

This discovery has baffled numerous physicists, but you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to draw the logical conclusion. As you travel into the deeper levels of matter, you reach a dividing line. On one side of the line you find matter particles, and on the other side of the line you find pure energy. In other words, science has demonstrated that there is something beyond the matter universe. That something is a realm of pure energy.

Quantum physicists devote their lives to studying the invisible world of subatomic particles/waves. They have developed huge instruments, called particle accelerators, to observe the subatomic world. These instruments have revealed how subatomic particles can collide and create new particles, and scientists are using these observations as the basis for figuring out how matter is formed. However, particle accelerators have also revealed a phenomenon which many present physicists consider an unimportant anomaly. Sometimes, a subatomic particle can literally appear out of nowhere.

Experiments show that a particle can appear and divide itself into several particles that travel some distance; then those particles collide and disappear back into the nowhere from which they came. What if this phenomenon turns out to be the key to taking quantum physics to a new level? What if such experiments prove that “matter” particles are the effects of an underlying cause which takes place in a realm of pure energy, a realm that is beyond the matter universe?
Some scientists have already formulated theories based on this possibility. These physicists talk about a “quantum field” or a “vacuum state” that lies beyond the horizon of the matter universe yet produces the entire universe. Will such ideas one day become mainstream science and empower humankind to develop a more complete world view?

While quantum physics studies the realm of minute particles, astrophysics studies the realm of solar systems and galaxies. Astrophysicists have discovered that the amount of matter in the universe cannot account for the gravitational pull that holds the universe together. In other words, if the universe was made exclusively from visible matter, the galaxies would long ago have drifted apart. In an attempt to explain this, some scientists have proposed the existence of so-called dark matter which is invisible to the human senses and (current) scientific instruments.

Where does dark matter exist? What if it exists in a realm that is beyond the matter universe yet connected to this universe? What if dark matter is actually pure energy, energy that is “invisible” from the matter universe? Perhaps we can find an underlying cause, existing in a realm of pure energy, which is holding the material universe together. Perhaps the matter universe is not a closed sphere but only one part of a larger whole. Albert Einstein talked about the “space-time continuum.” Perhaps we need to consider that there may be a “matter-energy continuum” and that we cannot understand the material universe without understanding what lies beyond it.


How this relates to self-help

Today most people still cling to a dualistic world view and visualize a universe made from two separate elements. We have a solid element, called matter, and a fluid element, called energy. This dualistic world view is obviously based on the physical senses. Most people cling to this world view; however, science has proven that the human senses do not produce an accurate view of reality. In a scientific age, a world view based on sensory perception is almost as incomplete as the belief in a flat Earth.

If you are willing to leave this world view behind, you can make major progress on your personal path. You only need to adjust your world view to the scientific fact that you live in a world in which everything is energy. In reality, the concept of matter is inaccurate. Contrary to what your senses are telling you, the seemingly solid substance that you call matter is made from vibrating energy. Normally, you think of energy as a vibrating substance that is always moving. Yet this vibrating energy can be captured into a form, or matrix, that makes it appear as unchangeable matter. Scientists cannot yet fully explain how this happens, but the theory of relativity proves that it does happen.

What people call matter is not an actual substance. Matter is a mental concept that was created in the human mind. In reality, all matter is made from vibrating energy. Some of this energy appears solid to the human senses because the senses cannot detect the extremely fast vibrations of the energy that makes up so-called matter. Just think of how a rubber band or the string on a guitar can vibrate so quickly that you cannot see the individual vibrations but only a blur.

To fully accept a new world view, you might need to adjust your vocabulary. Instead of talking about matter and energy, you need to talk about “stationary energy” and “fluid energy.” You also need to start visualizing that everything around you, no matter what your senses tell you, is made from vibrating energy.

Why is it so important to make this mental adjustment? Because by accepting that everything is energy, you can open up exciting new possibilities that will empower you to take control over your inner and outer circumstances.

The previous discourse explained that the key to changing your outer situation is to first change your inner situation. We can now gain a different perspective on this idea.

Your inner situation is obviously the world of your mind and psyche. It should be obvious that your thoughts and feelings are not made of matter. Regardless of what you might believe about how thoughts and feelings are created, the thoughts and feelings themselves are not material substances but forms of energy. Hardly anyone disputes the existence of mental and emotional energy.

During most of recorded history, people have believed in the existence of a nonmaterial phenomenon called the soul. Only within the last couple of centuries have materialistic scientists disputed the existence of the soul. These scientists claim that all thoughts and feelings are the result of electrical and chemical processes that take place in the physical brain.

If this were true, then the entire concept of self-improvement would have no meaning. It could be reduced to an attempt to find a wonder drug or an electromagnetic device that would turn you into a perfect human being. If you were a hard-core materialist, you probably would not be reading this book. Therefore, let it be enough to say that even materialists seem to recognize that thoughts and feelings are forms of energy.

If you compare this to our previous considerations about the relationship between matter and energy, you might develop a new perspective on the existence of the soul. We have seen that matter does not produce energy. Although it is possible to convert matter into energy, this process simply frees the energy that is already stored in the matter substance. That energy is not produced by matter, because energy is the fundamental building block that is used to create matter in the first place. Therefore, the idea that the brain can create mental and emotional energy seems to contradict the discoveries of physics. A gross substance cannot produce the fundamental substance from which it was created. Water is made from oxygen and hydrogen atoms. Water does not produce the atoms; the atoms produce the water.

This does not mean that the chemical and electrical processes in the brain have no influence upon your thoughts or feelings. They obviously do, as demonstrated by scientific experiments and common experience. However, the fact that your brain can influence your thoughts does not prove that your brain produces those thoughts. You have probably seen an experiment that sends a beam of white light into a glass prism. The prism splits the white light into several light rays that have the colors of the rainbow. If you did not know that the white light entered the prism from an outside source, you might reason that the prism produced light of different colors. Likewise, if you define a theory which denies the existence of anything beyond the material universe, your only option is to reason that the brain produces thoughts.


Which came first, the brain or the soul?

If you are open to the idea that life might have a nonmaterial side, you might reason that thoughts are created by something that is beyond the brain. Thoughts are like the white light which the prism of the brain splits into various colors.

If the brain is not creating thought energy, then where are thoughts created? Could thought energy possible come from a more fundamental level of reality, a level of pure energy? Could it come from a nonmaterial entity that we might call the soul?

Currently, we cannot scientifically prove the existence of the soul. Yet neither do we have any way to disprove the existence of the soul. Consequently, the existence or nonexistence of the soul remains a matter of belief. To find your personal answer, why not apply the inner approach to knowledge?

Does it seem right to you that all of your mental and emotional processes are created by chemical reactions in the gray matter that happens to be deposited between your ears? Or does it seem logical that your thoughts and feelings originate at a level of reality that is deeper or more fundamental than the matter in the brain? Could it be that your thoughts and feelings originate at the level of pure energy and that they are produced by the soul? Could it be that the soul is not a product of the body but simply resides in the body for a season? In other words, the soul might be the cause and the body the effect.

Einstein’s theory of relativity has proven that you are not a matter being but an energy being. If you want to understand your true identity, you must look beyond the matter sphere, or the material universe. Perhaps your body is a vehicle through which the soul interacts with the material world. If so, it follows that if you want to control your inner circumstance, you must first take possession of your soul. Perhaps the key to discovering your true identity might be hidden among the energy garments of your soul. In the following discourses, we will take a journey into the world of the soul.

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