Why is it that some people radiate happiness wherever they go, and others whenever they go, or as and when they absent themselves from the scene? The aura around a person sets off vibrations, either positive or negative, transforming the field of energy that in turn triggers changes in our bodies. Expressions such as ‘adrenaline-rush’ and ‘body-chemistry’ are part of our everyday vocabulary, alluding to the chemistry within. In this context, Carl Jung stated that “the meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed”. Chemistry formulated by nature is a powerful phenomenon, playing an integral role in bringing people together and bonding them to ensure that biological cycle keeps going. Feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, jealousy, judgment and contempt are ego driven and will very often figure in people we interact with. Such relationships, therefore, are mostly categorized as bad or unhealthy. In a spiritual sense, however, these relationships are provoking our ego to surface so we can transform it.
Feel-good factor that is generated, for example, when we bite into a chocolate, sip a glass of aged wine or ride a rollercoaster, is caused by a chemical called dopamine. Similarly the euphoria accompanying those occasions in our lives when we sight a glorious sunrise at dawn, a newly born infant or cute toddler, panoramic view from a mountain crest or the exhilaration at the successful outcome of a qualitatively executed task are all caused by the happiness inducing chemical oxytocin. Additionally, oxytocin encourages bonding between mother and child and attachment between people. There is chemistry in clumsiness and lack of co-ordination, like dropping a fork and spilling a beverage. Production of high level of norepinephrine can make a person uncoordinated. Emotions like fear and excitement are actuated by the hormone adrenaline. Accumulated stress builds up another chemical in the body known as cortisol, having both good and bad effects. Physical exercise serves the purpose of neutralizing the malefic effects of stress by releasing a hormone called endorphin that relieves pain and promotes relaxation. One can go on and on, as there is no end to the chemistry within, and the foregoing is only indicative and not an exhaustive detailing of the play of chemicals in our lives.
Shakespeare’s Prospero, after making a large group of spirits magically vanish in a play within the ‘Tempest’, reminds his daughter and fiancé about the evanescence of worldly life in the words “Our revels now are ended. These our actors,/ As I foretold you, were all spirits, and / Are melted into air, into thin air: / And like the baseless fabric of this vision,/ The cloud-capp’d tow’rs, the gorgeous palaces, / The solemn temples, the great globe itself, / Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, / And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, / Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff / As dreams are made on; / and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep”. Our little life is like a brief dream in some divine mind, “rounded with a sleep”—that is, either “surrounded” by sleep or “rounded off” (completed) by sleep. Prospero seems to mean that when we die, we awake from the dream of life into true reality—or at least into a truer dream. In a modern-day clinical setting, the bard’s character might well have quipped that we are such stuff as chemicals are made on and our little life is rounded with the intricate web of chemicals , hormones and minerals.
From the chemistry within to exploring the wondrous spectrum of physical reality surrounding us, the quest for the one substance that exists and causes and connects our world of many different things, how we exist as matter in space and interact with rest of the matter in the observable universe, to certain extent defined in terms of particle and quantum physics, it is known that matter and fields are just two different ways that space vibrates. In point of research hitherto obtaining, we are all specks of energy vibrating with everything else around us in the universe. Gottfried Leibniz stated that “reality cannot be found except in One single source, because of the interconnection of all things with one another”. Considering that all our experiences with things animate and material occur in a common field, we are thus scientifically drawn to describe physical reality in the dimension of space, which in turn leads us to the wave structure of matter, where the electron is a spherical standing wave. Space is the one substance we all experience existing in. Being the only existing substance, space cannot be bounded by, created from, or contain another substance – thus it is necessarily infinite, eternal and continuous. What are the properties of Space? It is a continuously connected wave medium – it has waves flowing through it, though it may have more properties that are not known. The many material things, that we see as discrete and separate ‘particles’ moving around in this space, are really formed from wave motions of this space (space is vibrating). Albert Einstein’s enlightened view of God was clearly grounded on the harmony arising from the wave structure of matter and the ensuing interconnectedness of matter in space. He said that “I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings”(one of the most radical of western philosophers setting forth on god as substance with infinity of attributes, Spinoza enunciated extremely naturalistic views on god, the world, the human being and knowledge to substantiate a moral philosophy centered on the control of passions leading to virtue and happiness, markedly different from the pretensions of Scripture and sectarian religions and finding great resonance in contemporary thought trains). This unity of reality (God, Brahman, Tao, Spirit, Energy, Light, Vibration) is central to all major world religions, and hence their common moral foundation of ‘doing unto others as you would be done by’, as the other is part of the self. In a wider sense, metaphysics is also the study of the other, of the one substance that necessarily exists and causes and connects the many material things we observe. To quote Aristotle, who pioneered metaphysics as a branch of study, “The first philosophy (Metaphysics) is universal and is exclusively concerned with primary substance…..And here we will have the science to study that which is just as that which is, both in its essence and in the properties which, just as a thing that is, it has. The entire preoccupation of the physicist is with things that contain within themselves a principle of movement and rest. And to seek for this is to seek for the second kind of principle, that from which comes the beginning of the change”.
By describing matter with a spherical in and out wave structure, we can understand how the particle effect forms at the wave center and also how this ‘particle’ is in continual two way communication with other matter waves in the space around it. This simplifies metaphysics from the motion of matter particles in space and time, to the wave motion of space that causes matter and time, i.e., from a metaphysics of space and time, to a metaphysics of space and (wave) motion, uniting science with metaphysics (space is the unity of substance which explains causal connection). The concept clarifies itself in the concrete example of visualizing a ball dropping; we do not see any obvious connection between the ball and the ground, yet they are connected, judging by its speedy downward movement towards the ground. The same factor, working in the case of earth orbiting the sun, an electron in an atom, stars across the universe, remained a mystery until scientists identified these causal connections as light and gravity. To revert to the downward movement of the ball to the ground, the wave equations tell us that the waves travel more slowly in higher energy density space , where there is more matter. The spherical in waves that travel through the earth have a slower velocity than the waves coming in from the space above, which causes the wave center to reposition towards the center of the earth. This force clarifies the causal connection in physical reality that actuates gravitational attraction.
Schooled as many of us were on the particle concept of matter, the finding, that matter is a defined form of space featuring in and out wave structure and interconnected with all other matter in the cosmos, appears to be so radical and abstract as to tax our powers of comprehension. Yet it is the truth that is staring us in the face as of now; the dynamic unity of reality, that it is not the motion of particles of matter in space and time but the wave motion of space that causes matter and time, whereby uniting not only space and time but also matter and energy as one interconnected entity, as the wave motion of space that causes both matter and time.
All these are logically directing us to an interconnected world where there is absolutely no empty space or vacuum, and the only reality is occupied space. The general theory of relativity underlines that time, space and gravitation have no separate existence from matter. Physical objects are not in space, but, as Einstein profoundly stated, these objects are spatially extended. The particle can only appear as a limited region in space in which the field strength or energy density is particularly high. The notion that we exist as discrete and separate bodies is an illusion based on our sensory perceptions, confirming the intuitions of ancient mystics, seers and savants. It also lends empirical weightage to the concept of Brahman as subscribed to by De Broglie, Schrodinger, Thoreau, Emerson, Russell, Kant, Einstein and hosts of other scientists and philosophers, by which each individual’s consciousness is only a manifestation of a unitary consciousness pervading the universe. These realizations will serve a larger purpose if it helps us to eschew divisiveness, unhealthy identities and narrow interests, fostering inclusiveness, greater unity and conservation, given that ultimately everyone (encompassing inanimate objects and all forms of life) is a part of everything and everything is derived from everybody, as clearly delineated in the metaphysical reflections of John Donne “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee”.