An interesting article on the discovery website about how they are testing the existence of awareness after death. Some interesting findings!
My mind was blown this morning when I found this article after googling “Why does time slow down at the speed of light?”
But it turns out that time doesn’t slow down at the speed of light, it doesn’t exist at all! The article goes on to say that “Everything in the Universe travels at light speed. Always.” Only it is our combined speed through both space and time that is considered. The faster you travel through space, the slower you travel through time.
I found another article on the topic of light speed that really got my mind melting. It’s a blog post on the site ‘Ask A Mathematician‘ Speaking about relativity it states the following:
“Whenever there’s a “time effect” there’s a “distance effect” as well, and in this case we find that infinite time dilation (no time for photons) goes hand in hand with infinite length contraction (there’s no distance to the destination).”
Since time and distance go hand in hand not only does the photon not experience time, it does not experience distance either!
From the perspective of the photon it is everywhere in the universe at the same time!
If a photon does not experience time nor distance then they also could not have had a beginning. Photon’s must have always existed. And without a beginning, there will be no end. At least from the photon’s point of view. We may well see a big crunch (not literally of course), and then a subsequent big bang. But this can mean nothing to the eternal photon.
What exactly does it mean to not experience time? Does it mean to be frozen at a particular point in time? We have all heard the story of the man who left earth travelling near the speed of light for 3 months only to return and everyone is 50 years older. This seems to hint that time is getting compressed.
However, in the distance analogy above I inferred that to not experience distance means that the photon is everywhere. So if the photon does not experience time, is it not in every time rather than a single, infinitely compressed point?
In spirituality we often speak of the light of consciousness. It is that part of your true self that doesn’t experience time, and doesn’t experience distance, but it is the pure witness to both.
Is there a link between this light of consciousness and this eternal photon light described above or is this analogy meant purely metaphorically?
Perhaps they are mirrors of each other. As photon light illuminates the universe it is reflected as a form through perception within my consciousness. But does it do more than that?
To perceive an object, or form, the light first enters our eyes, shapes our minds, and then creates an image.
Think about it for a moment. This series of eternal photons that exist everywhere, and at every time, has penetrated our bodies and shaped our perception of absolutely everything!!!
This certainly hints at much bigger things about light than just physical properties. When Eckhart Tolle underwent his transformation one of his first realizations was that there was much more to light than we could ever imagine.
I am drawn to think that light may be the ultimate source of our true selves, of infinite wisdom, and of peace and joy. Jesus said “I am the light of the world”. And if he was, then we all must be.
A really interesting story on the consciousness of plants.
Wow! I had never felt that peaceful before.
For several hours yesterday afternoon I held with the utmost certainty the belief that the “I” could not possibly be in my body. But yet I was.
Despite all efforts I could not pinpoint a location within my perception that I could call home. There was no tangible ground zero from which all things were originating.
Things continued to happen. And I continued to notice them. But I did not know where I was, I just knew where I was not.
There were waves in which the degree of this certainty varied in intensity. During the times when it was most obvious a strange thing began to happen.
I began to quietly giggle.
We’ve all heard of the laughing Buddha, being drunk in the spirit, or sudden satori’s that leave people roaring in laughter. Even when Eckhart Tolle is answering the questions of those people suffering significantly he occasionally subtly laughs as he talks about the madness of the ego. But this was my first experience.
It was wonderfully odd.
More notably, between the laughter there arose this gentle clarity. I was slowly strolling along the canal and I noticed it was looking quite dingy. I was thinking of how dreadful it would be to fall in among all of the slime when I noticed the plant life that was absolutely thriving along the bottom. Perhaps the canal could use a scrubbing, or maybe the right perspective is that it was just fine as it was and that another expression of life had the opportunity to be.
It is the same with suffering. Even though it looks dreadful on the surface, it is serving the divine purpose of letting another form of consciousness emerge. Instead of resisting it and pushing it away, I should have faith in it. Let myself go with the flow of life. Let consciousness take shape instead of trying to shape it.
All Thoughts Are Just Aspects Of Consciousness Competing For The Attention Of Your True Self.
Suppose you believe, like me, that consciousness is the force that created the universe. That all of the planets, stars, and galaxies came to be out of nothing by this inexplicable, unknowable power in an attempt to perceive itself. So for 14 billion years stars have been exploding, galaxies colliding, planets forming, all in an attempt to create life.
Now, lets take it a step further. We know that life on earth today looks as it does as a result of evolution. That the diversity of life created, combined with the ability to mutate, has enabled life to adapt to whatever environment comes it’s way. Not only to adapt, but to thrive. What if this also happens on the biggest scale of all.
What if our universe is the result of a mutation?
Hypothesize with me for a moment that there are other universes out there where gravity acts a little different, atoms are organized in a different fashion, or the fabric of space time is woven a little more loosely. How many universes could there be? Millions? BILLIONS?? What if our universe is the only one that managed to create intelligent life? What if our planet is the only planet in any universe with any life at all.
Now imagine that moment where the suffering person finally awakens and achieves enlightenment. In the realization of their true nature they turn away from all thoughts and forms and now exist purely in the silent stillness of the present moment. It is at this specific moment that space is created for consciousness to emerge. As this force behind all existence takes over perception and gazes upon itself for the first time it must be an overwhelming, limitless joy that is felt.