Life is a strange thing. To some, this may sound like an odd statement. Perhaps the oddities of life go unseen due to their goals and passions. Many people live a busy life and rarely take time to reflect on the big questions. Some believe that we’ll never know the answers to these questions. I, however, am not satisfied with such a belief.
From a scientific standpoint, the electromagnetic spectrum is the range of frequencies of electromagnetic radiation and their respective wavelengths and photon energies. Frequencies refer to the different intervals of a wavelength. Humans can only perceive less than 1% of the electromagnetic spectrum. We know of radio waves, and these frequencies are picked up and translated through a radio. However, the radio has to be turned to the correct channel in order to receive the radio waves. We have various technologies which can pick up on wavelengths which we cannot perceive, but is it possible that there is more to the spectrum than what we currently know? What other frequencies could be around us?
Chemistry has shown us that all matter is energy which vibrates within a certain confine based upon which state of matter it is in. Physics has debated whether the structure of atoms is a particle or a wave. Recently it is said that it’s somehow both. Is the universe just composed of particles flowing through a wave? The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, it only changes form. Then, where did the universe originate? This would imply that the universe has always existed, but perhaps just in a different form.
If the universe has always existed, then it is truly infinite. But how can we explain the order that we observe in a universe that also contains chaos? Like the rise and fall of a wave, the seasons change. The plants grow and bloom, but they inevitably perish. However, they return when the seasons come back around and the proper conditions for life are provided. One indisputable fact of the universe is that everything eventually dies, but just like the waves of an ocean, the waves always come back.
When considering the balance of all the variables that are necessary for life, existence in a miracle. Without balance, everything would fall apart. The absence of natural elements such as sun, rain, and soil wouldn’t allow pants and vegetation to grow. Without plants and vegetation, there would be no animals or oxygen. Without all of the above, there would be no human life. Just as the human brain could not exist without the other organs of the human body, and vice versa, there could be no human existence. So what does this imply?
From a certain perspective, the human race is an inseparable part of the universe. If the universe is infinite, and we are part of it, then we are also composed of the same energy from which the universe is rendered. We would also be infinite, though it is not clearly seen. Still, what can we say about the underlying force that binds and gives life to the universe?
Human language, which is used to make sense of the universe, defines concepts in terms of its opposite. The concept of light could only be conceived if we understand the experience of darkness. The concept of hot can only be understood if we have experienced cold. These examples are endless, but what can be inferred is that the dualistic nature of the universe isn’t the whole truth. Opposites cannot be separated. Like two sides of the same coin, they are really one. In terms of Chinese philosophy, everything is composed of Yin and Yang.
We know that there is more to life than we can know, and surely science has shown that there is no doubt something eternal about the universe, even if indirectly. So what is it? What has given balance and the potential for life in this seemingly chaotic universe? Some call it “God”, and various cultures have different terms for the same idea, something which gives life and order to the universe. But what is it really? Could it be that this higher power is really another unseen wavelength that exists outside our known boundaries of the electromagnetic spectrum?
If this is so, what kind of energy is it? Psychology has shown that the human mind is the filter through which reality is perceived. Given our power to become self aware and practice conscious thought, we can control the lens through which we experience life. The thoughts produced by the human mind come in two variations, positive and negative. Through conscious thought, which builds our attitude, we control our experience.
Given that our thoughts also have a way of adding shades of color to our emotions and how we experience them, we also have some control of how we experience our emotions. Though life has both positive and negative emotional experiences, their intensity can become magnified by how we choose to perceive them.
So what kind of attitude do we have towards life? Are we grateful or resentful? All spirituality has one thing in common and that is love. If the energy of the universe which always gives life is some kind of wavelength, how do we connect and tune into it? Like a radio, the human brain can connect with the frequencies of a higher power if it is tuned with the right thoughts. True love is selfless, without it there would be no survival. The tendencies of a human heart to find love of all kinds by building relationships, such as friends, family, significant others, and children, is what holds our lives together. Love is what connects us and allows us to continually grow and survive. For it is in our nature that we are social animals.
Then what is it that holds together the human race and the rest of the universe which allows for the conditions for life to flourish? It is my conclusion that this power, this energy, is love. God is love. The universe is love. Humans, at the very core of their existence, all need one thing in order to survive, and that is love. If we use our thoughts to tune our minds into a “channel” which is peace, love, and understanding, then we can connect with the higher power of the universe and experience its presence in our lives. Both God and the universe are eternal. We are inseparable from the universe. Therefore we are eternal and one with the universe. One with God. -Brady Elrod.