The Fifth Element
Owen K Waters
legendary Fifth Element holds the key to the answer to one of
today's top mysteries in the worlds of physics and cosmology. Scientists
estimate that 84% of the matter in the universe is composed of invisible
dark matter, but they have no idea what it is. With a short
venture into the world of metaphysics, you are about to find out the
In ancient Greece, all material things were said to be
composed of a mixture of the four elements of earth, fire, water and
air. There was also said to be a more subtle, fifth element. This was
called the quintessence (literally, "fifth element"), implying its
very delicate or refined state of existence.
centuries, philosophers considered that all matter consisted of
combinations of the basic elements in the Greek tradition. In the early
1500s, Philip von Hohenheim boldly renamed himself Paracelsus, meaning
"beyond the medical pioneer Celsus" and came out with a counter-proposal.
He declared that, instead of the old elements, all things consist of the
subtle essences of elements that he called salt, sulfur and mercury.
However, this only served to confuse the situation further as both
theories did little to identify the basic chemicals that combine to form
the enormous variety of compounds that are found in nature.
Next, fast-forward to the Age of Enlightenment. In the late 1600s, the
early scientist Robert Boyle published The Sceptical Chemist,
rejecting both schools of thought in favor of the then-novel idea that
materials are composed of a variety of basic chemicals which, unlike
compounds, cannot be further reduced by chemical operations. This
demystified chemistry, laid the basis for its development as a science,
and made possible the development of the table of elements that we use in
As the science of chemistry developed and
accumulated physical knowledge, however, it became focused entirely on
physical materials and ignored the old idea of anything more subtle.
The fifth element has been given various names in traditional
Eastern thought and practices - such as prana, chi, qi, and mana - but it
can be better understood by calling it vital life energy or
etheric energy. From a physics perspective, the most concise term
is etheric energy, which implies a more subtle energy than electric
When electric and magnetic energies combine in
complementary motion, they produce physical light as well as the building
blocks of physical matter. Your body is composed of electromagnetic
energy. Etheric energy is actually more common in the universe than
electric energy. Its manifestation, etheric matter, forms most of the
matter in the universe. Cosmologists know that it exists, even though they
can't see it (hence the term, dark matter), because of its
gravitational effects on physical matter in the cosmos.
energy and "dark" matter are roughly five times more prolific than their
physical counterparts, so their influence in the cosmos is quite marked.
The gravitational effect is a result of the fact that both energies -
physical electric energy and the more subtle etheric energy - share a
common interaction with magnetic energy. The magnetic energy component is
provided by the ever-present fabric of space, which I term the God
By using the term the God field, we can
reduce a common form of confusion that exists today. The God field was
traditionally called the aether and, although that sounds a lot
like etheric energy, the two are quite different.
The God field is the fabric of space. It is a subtle, fluid,
magnetic energy which fills all space. It is intensified within and around
matter, where its attractive nature produces the force of
Etheric energy, or vital life energy, is
the primary energy of the universe. Electric energy is, by comparison, a
secondary, more physical energy. Electric energy interacts with
the magnetic fabric of space to form physical light and physical matter.
Etheric energy interacts with the magnetic fabric of space to
form etheric light and etheric matter.
energy is a subtle, primary life energy, while electric energy is a
physical, secondary energy. Both energies interact with the magnetic
fabric of space, producing etheric matter and physical matter.
The great advantage with knowing about etheric
energy is that this vital life-giving energy holds the key to
vibrant wellness. Vital life energy or etheric
energy is present in all effective healing systems. In acupuncture,
it is the "qi" energy that is enhanced or balanced in its flow along
acupuncture meridians. It is the healing energy transmitted in distant
healing. It is the same healing energy that is passed to the recipient in
Reiki or Polarity Therapy.
Vital life energy is the essence
within sacred healing oils. It is the energy that flows into a person as
they practice Qigong. It is the life energy in organic foods, in water
exposed to sunlight, and in the oxygen that we breathe. Without vital
life energy, we would not physically exist. With additional vital life
energy, miraculous healings can occur.
In future articles,
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energy to bring balance and vibrant wellness to your body, mind and
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