NOTA: 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.
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
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:
* 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.
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!»
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.
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.