Let us, once again, revisit one of our favorite topics, and look at it from yet another perspective. We are going on a short journey in your imagination, your imagination being able to take us anywhere in creation.
Look at something in front of you. Get a good mental picture of it. Now close your mental eyes. Don’t close your physical eyes. You will need them open to keep reading.
Now, as you observe the mental picture of your object, get closer and closer to it. Keep going until you are almost touching it. Pick a spot and focus on it. Now make yourself smaller and watch the spot grow as you do. Keep getting smaller until you begin to see the molecules that make up the surface of the object. Keep going until you can see the spaces between the molecules. Good.
Now, pick a molecule, just one. And watch it as you get close enough and small enough to see the atoms that it is made of. Can you see that there is an unbelievable amount of space between the atoms? Can you see that they aren’t even standing still? Pick one. Pick an atom. It doesn’t matter what kind. And get so small that the atom grows until you can see what it is made of.
There are lots of teensy little bits that scientists have told you are“ons”- protons, neutrons, electrons, photons – there are all kinds. And these little bits – they look big from this angle – are whizzing around like crazy. Let’s do it again. Pick one of these little bits, chase it down and get close to it. Watch it closely and think of what you have been told about it.
They said that it is only material because we want to see it that way, right? If we want it to be a wave, it will be. Okay. So now we want it to be a wave. And as a wave this little guy is oscillating at a frequency. So, its energy, right? It’s energy because we want it to be. We wanted to see it that way.
What happens if we want to see it as a particle again? Does it stop being energy? Interesting thought. So, now it’s a particle, and with our magic it has become so big we can stand on it. Look around. What do we know about this place? Well, those scientists have said that the next particle is so far away we can’t see it from here.
But we cheated and brought our hobby telescope with us. And with this we can see other particles whizzing all about us. It looks like the night sky looks up where we live.
Now we will do what we came here to do. I want you to pick a particle that is part of that thing you looked at in front of you. And I want you to pick a particle that is not. Do you see the problem? First, they are all pretty much alike, at least all of the electrons look like electrons, etc. And besides, everything is so big, and there is so much space, that you can’t tell where one ‘thing’ starts and where it stops. From here, you can’t even tell what is it and what is you, can you?
Now notice something else that you can see from here that you cannot see from where you usually are. These little teensy guys are winking in and out of existence. They are all doing it. “I mean, hey! Stop that! You’re supposed to be part of my table.” This sort of upsets the apple cart, doesn’t it?
So let us summarize this little experiment in a new way. Reality, as you observe it, does not exist. The key here is the phrase ‘as you observe it’. Your observation of the energies around you are organized by you into a representation of your world. And we mean your world, not Jack’s world and not Susan’s world. And it is not solid nor in any way permanent. And this brings about a problem. It means that everything is changing, every moment, always. And we do not like that, do we?
Humans do not like that because we want things to remain as they are. If they don’t, if they can’t, then humans can’t either, can they? And that means that the fact that you can’t puts your own impermanence front and center. Forget that your favorite toy is not really yours, nor will it last forever.
But there is good news. You just saw that you are exactly the same as everything else. Right? Same particles. Same waves. Same energy. No difference. Period.
In fact, that same ‘stuff’ has been zipping along for billions of years. Sometimes it zips as part of a chair. Sometimes it zips as part of you. And you are you, regardless. Enough for now. Think on that. Thanks for going with us.
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