Swimming in the Ocean of… Energy?

fish cartoon

Cartoon: adaptation by Linda LeBoutillier, from an open-source cartoon.

Today is Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Scientists still don’t know very much.

When I looked up the term “energy,” I saw that Richard Feynman was quoted as saying, “It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge what energy is. We do not have a picture that energy comes in little blobs of a definite amount.”

Another scientist, theoretical physicist Matt Strassler, says that energy is something that everything has.  It’s a quality, or property.  About matter, he says, “Matter as a term is terribly ambiguous; there isn’t a universal definition that is context-independent.”  Later he writes that everything in the universe is made from “fields” and their particles, but he doesn’t really define that term, either.

We often speak of “energy” in the sense of the power source that makes our machines go.  Electricity is not necessarily “energy,” per se, in physics, but it is defined as the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and flow of electric charge.  Another movement thingy.  Still, I have this feeling that scientists don’t know what electricity is, either.

My spiritual path teaches that the two original manifestations (not creations, mind you, manifestations – there’s a difference) are Sound and Light.  We all know that human beings are unable to hear all sounds or see all frequencies of light, so we know there’s more out there than we are aware of.

Light is defined as both a particle and a wave, because it behaves in both ways.  But a wave of what?  A particle of what?  They never answer that question.  Sound, too, is defined in terms of movement, the movement of molecules of air.  It occurred to me to wonder whether Light and Sound are the movement of God.  Who knows?  It’s a good contemplation seed, anyway.

The jury is still out among the physicists, but spiritual teachers have been saying for centuries that everything in Creation is energy, that we, as Soul, are energy beings, pure consciousness. It might not be the answer that the scientists are looking for, but intuitively, this makes a lot of sense to me.

If everything is energy, then we are swimming in it, and perhaps we can’t define energy very well simply because we can’t see the forest for the tress.  Or, as the little fish said to the big fish, “What is this ocean you keep talking about?”  If everything is energy, then it makes sense that everything is connected.  Physicists are beginning to see that this is true, in a limited way, with the principle of non-locality.

Is God energy?  I don’t know.  Certainly God as Creator seems to be a Source of Energy.  If it’s true that there was nothing but God before Creation, then what did God create with?   Itself?  So are we part of All That Is?  My spiritual path calls God the “Ocean of Love and Mercy.”   Are we, then, swimming in God?

What a concept!  🙂


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