- ******************RON"When...the soul is aware that it is looking at God, loving him, and
knowing him, that is already a retrogression."
What does retrogression mean in this context?
RonNINAMeans that focusing on it takes you out of focus.
God, I need new glasses. 8)
NinaJAMESre: tree in forest
Hi Bobby G.
All the 'answers' are 'correct'.
It is not about the 'answers' - it is about the *IMPACT* of
the question and its exploration.
It is the journey AND the destination.
jamesMICHAELshifting gearstry today
as you go out to play and work
to shift gears
shift into neutral and glide
move over into the passenger seat
let god drive
gaze at the scenery
enjoy the ride
bye bye!GREGI like what you say, Bobby G. I have a 6-month advaita vedanta class that
I teach in Soho, Manhattan. I have a standing offer to the students: I'll
gladly pay $10,000 to anyone who can establish the existence of anything at
all outside of an observer, awareness, etc. I could have upped the offer
to a million. But I wanted them to take it more seriously. But it's a
safe bet, and though they have tried, no one has yet cashed in!
Well, Yes, Consciousness can be magical.
In the early part of the 20th century as science progressed toward a betterunderstanding of the material world, the picture that emerged fromthe investigation of the smallest constituents of matter was very puzzling.At the level of our senses the world seams to be real and objects normally behavethe way we expect them to. But when scientists tried to understand what matteris made of, they made a strange discovery.
The smallest building block of matter is the atom, which itself is made of fundamentalparticles. These particles do not obey the classical laws of physics, so a new set oflaws had to be formulated and this is what we call Quantum Mechanics. What thistheory teaches us is that matter does not really exist! Scientists have found that particles ofmatter are potentialities that become actuality only when we observe them. In otherwords there is a direct link between our consciousness of them and themanifestation of their existence.
Some particles pop out of nothing and immediately return to the vacuum of space. This iswhy they call them virtual particles. Yet if they did not "exist" there would be no exchangeof energy in the universe. So they exist and they exist not. What allows them to exist and notexist, at the same time, is the haziness that permeates the quantum world. There is even amathematical law to express that haziness and it is called the Uncertainty Principal. Thisprincipal puts a limit to what we can know about the outside world. For example if wewant to know where a particle is, we will not be able to know it's momentum, or viceversa, if we want to know it's momentum we won't be able to ascertain it's position.In other words, we have to make a choice, because we can't know both at the same time.
This new insight about matter was developed at the beginning of the twentieth centuryat approximately the same time Einstein came out with his Theory of Relativity whichdemonstrated that space and time were not absolute references but that space couldexpand or contract, and that time could slow down or run faster. What both theories madeus aware of is that our senses give us the illusion of a "reality" and that an other "reality"can be devised by our mind alone.RegardsSteve Kalec