REALITY: WHAT A CONCEPT

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REALITY: WHAT A CONCEPT
 

Often materialist and physicalists (not to be confused with 'physicists') hate this kind of talk about spirit. One of my best friends, an engineer, but educated as a physicist, was always taking swipes at Heisenberg and Superstring theorists. Recently he, or at least his body, died. And so... now I'm "dying" to find what his perspectives on spirit and matter are these days whenever I get to visit wherever he is in time/space.

In any case, I have included some dialogue on the subject of reality from some of my yet 'unpublished' Elysium's Passage book series.

From Chapter 1 Book 2, Elysium’s Passage: The Summit

‘It all started with Descartes,’ Mo said, ‘but as I said before, it was not long after his arrival on our side, he recognized the folly of creating, unwittingly, a dual distinction between matter and spirit.

After that, it was only a matter to time before intellectuals in philosophy and science dropped the spiritual, and embraced the material. As I’m sure you realize, that’s why no one speaks of spirit in your philosophy and science departments anymore.’

‘So, are you telling me matter doesn’t matter?’ I said, wishing to take Mo in a less political direction.

‘Let me jump in to answer that,’ Eli said. ‘Matter does matter, depending on how it's understood. That’s what really matters,’ he grinned.  ‘When we think of it as something inert and separate from spirit, we banish ourselves from Eden’s garden. However, when it’s rightfully understood to be a vibratory manifestation of spirit, then Spirit is rightly understood to be the substrate of what’s material, and that is. Your spirit body appears to have physical existence because it does, albeit in a higher vibratory octave than your earth plane body.’

‘You often say that,’ I said, ‘but isn't that something we might find in the Bhagavad-Gita?’

‘And why should that be a problem,’ Mo said, ‘as if the West has the only valid perspective on reality. But if you prefer the Western bias, let’s use an analogy from empirical science. Think of the iceberg that sank the Titanic. Can you see it? Icebergs are like floating concrete blocks. And yet, in truth, the ice is only an aggregation of crystallized hydrogen and oxygen atoms which at one time were just vapour mists in the air having no material form.

‘But notice what this invisible electromagnetic pattern can do when it becomes dense while colliding with another electromagnetic pattern called the Titanic. When the vapour form is altered to a liquid form and eventually a solid form after freezing, we sudden call this collection of molecules physical. Which, of course, it is. In fact, physical enough to sink ships! And yet, it was just H2O vapour that manifested into a dense electromagnetic pattern of molecules, much like your body in London is a manifested pattern of your soul.’

‘Likewise,’ Mo continued, ‘thought patterns, when perceived through the filter of our conscious awareness, crystallizes, by analogue, like an electromagnetic pattern of dense ice. It’s what we do, whenever we collapse the wave into what many still believe are particles of material substance.

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‘So now, if you will, try to imagine matter as being these patterns of crystallized thought-forms derived from our divine Source through the agency of our minds, which in turn, are of the divine Mind. When you think about this, it’s the only logical explanation that explains empirical reality. Not surprisingly, that’s because only it is true. And so, there’s no need for turtles all the way down.

‘Unfortunately, the world is in the habit of interpreting material manifestations as tangible particles, inherently real, independent and separate. Anything to the contrary seems too ridiculous to consider from the earth plane’s perception of reality.

And yet the New Physics, with its tentative understanding of conscious entanglement, is beginning to take the world beyond its fixation with material solidity.’

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Taking a more philosophical approach to this topic of reality, I've included an excerpt from Chapter 9 of Elysium's Passage: The Ascent, the first book in the series. Hang on, this is deep stuff. 

‘Like you,’ Mo said, ‘I agree that Berkeley was headed in the right direction, if not on the right track, although his Western perception of God might have compromised his understanding of what Oneness means. I’m sure it would have helped had he spoken with an enlightened seer to show how we are all in union with the divine. Possibly there weren’t enough good mystics around back then to provide him with a broader perspective.’

‘And yet,’ Eli said, ‘I think more than any other empirical philosopher he came into greater proximity to the ancient traditions of the East which, as I recall, tend to represent reality as an emanation and extension of the one Source. However, in the West, the external out their belief assumption is still implicitly held by almost everyone.

‘It might be argued this belief provided the basis for the great leaps in science and technology. In counter-distinction to Newton, Berkley at least understood what we perceive is in and of the mind, since it’s the divine Mind that creates its reality through us since we are at One in essence. In other words, we are both creators, and the created.’

‘This would imply there’s no basis for knowing anything other than by what is processed by our consciousness. And so, there can be no evidence of anything without it first being perceived by consciousness which is to say, to be is to be perceived, esse est percipi. What we assume to be without; is what’s first within. That’s why Mo and I continue to repeat our hermetic mantra: as within, so without.’

‘Unfortunately,’ Mo said, ‘these Gnostic concepts are out of favour in much of the world, relatively unknown in Occidental culture. But these are not unfamiliar to traditions arising from the ancient Vedas.[1]

‘To my knowledge, no philosopher or scientist on earth has credibly refuted Berkeley on this issue. Even Kant was somewhat in agreement.[2] And as you now know, this understanding becomes even more apparent the longer one exists in this dimension.’ 

‘I wonder if A. J. Ayer even twigged on to Berkeley’s ideas after he passed over.’

‘I’m not sure,’ Mo said, ‘but I can check. I’m rather certain there aren’t many fans for his logical positivism where he now resides. At least Sir James Jeans, a contemporary of Ayer, as wise a philosopher as he was scientist, seemed to have understood Berkeley when he concluded: If the universe is a universe of thought, then its creation must have been an act of thought. Too bad he didn’t have a word with Ayer back then, but I’m not sure Ayer would have listened anyway.’

‘Maybe not,’ I said, ‘but I think it’s great that Berkeley’s empiricism finally got a little help from a visionary philosopher/scientist such as Jeans… and most notably, my thesis,’ I chuckled. ‘I wonder if anyone other than the committee has yet read it.’

‘If you can find me a copy, I’ll be sure to read it,’ Mo said. ‘Whatever renewed interest, you may be able to stoke in the mental/idealist approach to reality is probably a result of how static things have become in the reductionist, logical positivist movement. There’s nowhere to go with it since it doesn’t point beyond itself. It’s a dead cat bounce at best; an utterly unsatisfying philosophy that leads to fragmentation. Fortunately, the heart’s wisdom already knows its Oneness. 

‘Many of the Vienna Circle’s variations of positivism lost credibility over the decades, except, most obviously, specific disciplines in the scientific community who seem to be unaware of how unstable their old empirical foundation has become in the field of subatomic physics.

‘They really ought to speak with some of the well-known physicists who have explored entanglement theorems regarding mind and substance. For example, cutting edge theoretical physicist such Wolfgang Pauli once said: It would be most satisfactory if physics and psyche could be seen as complementary aspects of the same reality.[3]

‘These thoughts are sometimes reflected in contemporary theories, such as the controversial Superstring Theory, which, for some scientists, is considered to be too offbeat and queer to take seriously.[4] But the truth is, the quantum universe is stranger and more offbeat than they can imagine!’[5]

The wacky world of subatomic quantum first came into awareness when the double-slit particle/wave experiment was first being noticed as evidence for molecular entanglement.[6] This has repeatedly shown how electrons respond to conscious observation, thereby demonstrating how interrelated mind and matter are. That’s because they are essentially one, like two sides of the same coin.’

‘Kind of makes you wonder if the Irish Bishop somehow anticipated this,’ I said, ‘or if he just got lucky with his propositions. I think in this regard, Berkeley was closest to getting things more right than wrong. Not surprisingly, my examining committee didn’t see it that way, preferring more conventional paradigms of material reality.’

‘But not just modern philosophers,’ Mo said, ‘there are many scientists today that still hope to capture the elusive subatomic billiard ball they persist in calling a particle. Most obviously, this is a prejudice rooted in their materialist presuppositions. Such sleight of hand explains their determination to find something substantially solid, the building block of all matter, which, of course, doesn’t exist as such. Perhaps these particle physicist’s don’t wish to face what’s not staring them in the face.

‘As I’m sure you’re aware, the massive CERN Collider in Switzerland keeps splitting these so-called particles into halves of halves of halves until…  you guessed it: another half. Splitting energy into smaller units of energy and then calling these units particles seems rather dubious unless used as a metaphor for an energy unit. But I don’t think that’s the intent, since the word particle, generally denotes matter. The word unit, I believe, would be more honest.’[7]

‘But apart from that,’ I said, ‘these experiments, though staggeringly costly, could pay the world big dividends someday with new emerging technological applications as with quantum computers, lasers and holograms, to name but a few.’

‘Quite possibly,’ Mo said, continuing, ‘if nothing else, the experiments may teach the world more about the underlying substratum of matter being the interchangeable nature of mass and energy, just as Einstein indicated. What this means is that one day mass might be understood as being more virtual than substantial. With quarks, glucans and protons disappearing and reappearing within a trillionth of a nanosecond; it becomes increasingly evident that mass is but crystallized energy without any extraneous substance. As Niels Bohr put it: Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.[8]

‘If the intent is to snag a speck of independent material reality, it will fail. There is nothing out there that can legitimately be called particles of subsisting matter. Any time physicists believe they’ve found evidence for a new particle; the question always needs to be asked, why should this energy mass not also be divisible? With there being no credible rebuttal to this, it becomes another impolite question for matter’s faith-based community, even though Zeno identified this conundrum several millennia ago![9]

‘Einstein acknowledged the illusionary nature of matter when he suggested that: Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Or consider what Max Planck had to say: Mind is the matrix of all matter… I regard matter as derivative from consciousness… there is no matter as such.’[10] Even Aldous Huxley reported said: The world is an illusion, but it is an illusion we must take seriously because it is real as far as it goes.’[11]                            

‘Now there’s a few zingers you won’t often hear in the halls of science,’ I said. ‘At least not where I work. Are you sure they said that? I’ve never heard these quotes before; perhaps they were taken out of context.’

‘Indeed, they did make these statements,’ he said, ‘and no, these are not taken out of context; they stand alone and mean what they say. Even today, other provocative statements are made about the nature of subatomic reality.[12]

‘After so many antagonists have tried for so long to undermine and dismiss the universe’s spiritual essence, I find it interesting when new evidence comes along that undermines the materialist interpretation of the world. Not to say energy and spirit manifest in the same way; obviously, they don’t. Yet, all that exists implicate, or explicate, in whatever expression, has the same divine Source.’

 ‘That’s great poetry,’ I said, ‘but in the real world why can’t you just allow matter to be matter and let spirit be spirit without having to insert and integrate the spirit realm into science and the material into the spiritual. Just let them be rather than trying to make everything metaphysical. That seems a rather strange brew to me.’ 

‘You mean a strange brew like you, me and everything else in creation,’ he said. ‘But what’s real is not a concoction of separate components. All exist as one in spectrums along the divine continuum.

‘Realize metaphysics has to do with understanding the union, including the physical with the spiritual, darkness with light, cold with heat, form with essence, science with religion, the body with the soul, matter with the spirit, and most importantly, the mind with the heart.

‘Speaking of strange brew, Eli said, I came across a bottle of Chilean Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta and a bottle of German Riesling Kabinett Mosel Ürziger in our cellar.’

Do you have any Bordeaux?

I believe there’s a French bottle of Château Margaux. Trouver à boire?’ 

‘Oui certainemen, si’l vous plait. And while you’re at it, bring a few of the other vintages too. I think Mo may want some. I could never afford any of these elegant labels back home.


[1] Be it noted, however, that the Eastern Orthodox Church has for centuries had a place for mysticism and some esoterica within their traditions. See Theology and Mysticism in the Tradition of the Eastern Church, authored by the eminent Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky (1903-1957).
 
[2] What objects are in themselves, apart from all the receptivity of our sensibility, remains unknown to us. We know nothing but our mode of perceiving them. Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
 
[3] Wolfgang Pauli was the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1945. He also contributed to researching and writing the book Synchronicity with Carl Jung.  

[4] The Elegant Universe is an informative book (1999) and Emmy Award television presentation (2003) by Physicist Brian Green of Columbia University.  It graphically and entertainingly illustrates the Superstring Theory and its implications towards our perception of reality.

[5] This reminded me of a famous quote by geneticist J.B.S. Haldane, often misattributed to Eddington: The Universe is not only queerer than we suppose but queerer than we can suppose.

[6] The double-slit experiment is discussed in more detail in Chapter 8, Virtual Science, of Book Two.
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7]Werner Heisenberg 1901 – 1976,  Nobel Prize in Physics (1932) made this point most directly: The solid substance of things is another illusion. It too is a fancy projected by the mind into the eternal world. We have chased the solid substance from the continuous liquid of the atom, from the atom to the electron, and there we have lost it.

[8] Niels Bohr (1885 – 1962), Nobel Prize in Physics 1922


[9] Zeno was a Greek philosopher (490-430 BC) who posed various perplexing philosophical and mathematical paradoxes, often related to time and motions. Mo’s comment referred to what is called the Dichotomy Paradox.

[10] Max Planck developed what came to be known as the Planck Constant, an equation he revealed in 1905 that gave a basis for understanding the new physics of quantum mechanics which continued to develop throughout the twentieth century and into the present. He made this startling statement about reality in 1944, almost forty years after establishing his famous equation. (See full quote in Appendix ‘A’)

[11] Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was a British philosopher and writer.

[12] For example, physicist Frank Wilczek, professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and participant in developing a critical quantum theory (QCD) in 1973, stated: If you study the equations, it gets almost mystical.

For more on this discussion, go to these related posts:

PHYSICISTS’ QUOTES https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/quotes   

DIMENSIONS, DENSITY AND SPACE https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/dimensions-density-and-space       

WHAT’S THE MATTER? https://digitalbloggers.com/book-reviews/matter 

IS GOD A MYSTIC?
https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/is-god-a-mystic- 

This video interview on the nature of reality may also be of interest.   

Nassim Haramein  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gj5zRx7G_cs 

For other posts, go to https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/ep-blog-posts 

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SUMMARY OF ELYSIUM'S PASSAGE: THE SUMMIT
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This the first in a series of five Elysium narrations regarding a young British philosopher named James Phillips, who finds himself living in an altered state of reality while still remaining on earth.  

After experiencing a near-fatal fall while climbing to the summit of a remote mountain in the Andes, James awakens in a new dimension. He soon encounters two mysterious beings who provide him with a very different perspective on the nature of his existence. Over the next year, before his body recovers from the coma, he is challenged to re-examine his understanding of life’s meaning and purpose far beyond anything he previously believed or could believe.

An engaging and sometime surreal adventure with intimations of impending romance, the narrative explores the most important questions about life, death, reality, and our ultimate destiny. 

The Plains of Elysium (Champs-Élysées) was described by Homer, Hesiod, Virgil, and many other poets as the paradisiac afterlife realm reserved for heroes. As the title suggests, this is about a journey through a passage that leads towards Elysium’s exciting realm of existence.

To read a sample press review at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/05/prweb15515775.htm    

 

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The following comments are excerpts from among the first readers, including a number of Amazon five star reviews. To read the full reviews, go to READER REVIEWS on www.elysiumspassage.com or directly at https://digitalbloggers.com/arts-and-entertainment/reader-reviews 

"A delightful mix of fantasy, reality, conjecture, and humour; Mr Meyers draws the reader into the story with a gentle narrative that captures the imagination, leaving one anxious to get to the next page drawing you into his exceptional world.”

"Quietly, gently, and without imposition, the Author unfolds the pages, creating an intricate, interlocking bridge spanning the chasm between mind and heart. Renewing, refreshing, restoring. In my bereavement, it was vigil and light…"

“Excellently written with an exceedingly deep understanding of this world and the next. The characters are very well written and engaging. I can't wait to complete this book!"

“Takes the reader on both a philosophical and spiritual journey, a journey that at times is both disquieting and tranquil. James, a British Philosopher, can be irreverent and caustic, traits that should have left me cringing, but instead made me laugh out loud. Elysium’s Passage is a fun, enlightening and remarkable book.”

“This is a masterful fantasy, becoming a real possibility, as the reader is drawn into the story. The Summit leaves you anxious for the next book in the series, yet also leaves you totally satisfied with the world you have just visited. Genius! An exciting yet calming experience that is not to be missed."

"There was hardly a page on which I did not find at least one sentence worthy of hi-lighting for future reference. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, James, whose personality and passionate verbal exchanges with the other characters, kept me coming back for more. I am reading the book for a second time while I wait for the next one in this series to be made available."

 “N.G. Meyers has clearly put a great deal of research and thought into what the afterlife may look like and I like his perspective. It’s an altogether welcoming and exciting vision. The book gives one a great deal to think about and a reassuring confidence that the end of our lives is truly the beginning of life in the next. I highly recommend it."

"I am really enjoying your book, it’s fantastic! It is so incredible and diversified that I can’t really explain it to other people, so what I say is just read this book. Thank you so much for the blessings that you’ve given the world!"

“The humour interjected into a serious discussion makes me laugh out loud. Totally unexpected....l may be in the presence of at least a master, if not a genius. A fair ride into reality... seeking that which is unseen, yet absolutely real.”

“An engaging story of adventure embracing man's deepest desire to search for meaning and purpose, N.G. Meyers takes the reader on an adventurous, thought-provoking journey. This book has substance. It is a perfect blend of adventure and fantasy combined with spiritual philosophy. It ignited my imagination. The author magically weaves a good story laced with wit and humour together with deep philosophical wisdom. This book has it all!”

“An evolution in thought is triggered by many fresh philosophical themes which could inspire readers to re-think their reality and former ideologies that have dictated their lives… the author fires readers’ imaginations to view what could be possible when spirit vacates the body.”

“This is the book spiritual seekers have been waiting for. For me, it granted a great read as well as increased inspiration to live every day with a heightened sense of purpose. I highly recommend it.

“The Summit is capable of hooking readers and luring them to search for Book 2 to discover more about Dr Philip’s surreal trek into the mysterious unknown universe. This thick book is well worth the read and to share…”

“Mind-blowing statements and speculation (‘…everyone is a non-physical thought form conceived in the Mind of God, preserved for all eternity because God’s thoughts never die…’). Many will find Meyers’ journey up the Mountain intriguing—and possibly even life-changing.” (BLUEINK REVIEW)

“In its effort to grapple with fundamental questions about the meaning of life, it raises questions that have echoed throughout the ages, including about where we come from, where we are going, who we are.”  (CLARION REVIEW)

 
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PENDING PUBLICATIONS IN THE SERIES

 
The Summit is now available for purchase. With the exception of the last novel, the other three have been written but still require more editing before publication.

The following titles in the Elysium's Passage series are projected to be released as follows: 

THE ASCENT soon to be available

THE SUMMIT soon to be available

QUANTUM LEAPS summer 2021

SURREAL ADVENTURES summer 2021 

MYSTICAL ROMANCE spring 2022

HE ELIXIR spring 2022

THE RETURN sometime in 2023

 

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