Coming to Terms With Light

What is light? Intuitives, philosophers, and scientists have been trying to answer that question since antiquity. Intuitives claim that light penetrates each realm of existence and “All That Is”, is made of light. Quantum physics also suggests that the foundation of every physical thing is based on light. While on the surface it seems that scientists and intuitives are on the same page, are they really talking about the same thing?

Light has been associated with life, creation and the divine since the dawn of time. Many ancient cultures gave the sun a supreme status in their religious beliefs and mythology. Some who have experienced near-death episodes tell us that the residence of the consciousness that survives the body is in the light. In modern times, quantum physics has become the most successful of all branches of science. At its core, it is based entirely on the study and definition of light and how it interacts with matter. In many ways, quantum physics has deified ordinary light as the basis of existence.

Interestingly enough, one of the conditions that continues to fuel light research using the current scientific model in quantum physics is the very language used by intuitives. Many subscribe to the popular idea that matter is light that has been slowed down to the point of appearing solid. Thought is light that is at such a high frequency that it is undetectable by current physical instruments.

While scientists and intuitives are using the same word to characterize the essence of everything, there may be a giant chasm in context that ultimately defines the word light for each group. In science, light describes a wide range of mass-less, electromagnetic energies that are categorized and measured using a particle/force model. That model restricts the movement of everything in the universe to the speed of light. Intuitives don’t subscribe to the idea that thoughts or healing energy is bound by any such regulation.

The EM, or electromagnetic, spectrum includes low-energy waves that are as long as a football field up to the incredibly tiny, high-energy waves put forth by gamma ray bursts. Current instrumentation can successfully measure all of these energies. That makes it difficult to understand how thought energy could simply be of a higher, undetectable frequency, especially given the fact that all EM frequencies from x-rays up to gamma rays are known to be lethal to humans.

Perhaps the greatest difference in context about the word light, as it is used by scientists and intuitives, is that all EM radiation is a by-product of heat and vice versa. Source Light, or Divine Light exhibits no such condition. Near-death experiencers and shamans who journey often relate that they experience being engulfed in a brilliant light that is far more fierce than the sun yet it is not painful to dwell there.

It is important to keep in mind that most of what intuitives experience is ineffable. The only way to describe it is by relating it to something commonly known and sometimes that is not possible. One example that comes to mind is okra. If you have ever tasted it, you would be hard-pressed to describe it to someone who hasn’t. Okra only tastes like okra and you simply have to experience it to fully understand.

As long as intuitives use the word light to describe the structure and energy patterns of the invisible realms, science will continue to use the particle/force model to measure the electromagnetic spectrum, which is scientifically regarded as light. Since the dawn of humanity, light has been equated with the supernatural. It’s not likely that intuitives will find a new name for what they consider to be the fundamental essence of everything. Science is not likely to change its current investigative pattern until another plausible definition of light comes to bear. Science may never be able to find the elusive particles that carry the information forces alluded to by the intuitives if they don’t know what they are looking for or if they are looking in the wrong place. At this time, there is just no way to know if the EM spectrum is the right place to look or not simply because the investigation of it is far from being exhausted.

Designing Your Baby

Imagine if you could choose what your brother or sister would look like. Imagine if you could choose your child’s eye colour, hair colour, IQ level and even his interests. Imagine a world where everyone is perfect health-wise and IQ-wise.

This all seems like a scene from a science fiction movie right? Well, all this might be possible in the near future with the advancement of Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis or PGD. PGD is a procedure where the embryo is genetically tested to be free of disease and then implanted in the mother using invitro fertilization (IVF).

Parents can now choose to have the ultimate child, one who excels in both studies and sports. We all got a glimpse of PGD in the 1997 movie Gattaca where genetic engineering and IVF allowed for the engineering of children, including factors such as gender, intelligence, lifespan and even eliminating various hereditary and genetic diseases.

However, PGD does not only exist in science fiction movies. In fact, PGD is continuing to develop into an exciting technology with the incredible potential to increase women’s chances of not just a healthy pregnancy but a healthy child as well.

PGD was first made famous by Dr. Jeffrey Nisker, from the University of Ontario. He pioneered PGD and was the first man in Canada to offer such a revolutionary procedure of manually engineering embryos. He has since stopped and closed his programme down due to overwhelming requests from all over Canada to access PGD, not to avoid severe genetic conditions but for gender selection, primarily to avoid having a daughter.

It was against his concern and belief that all children should be cherished, regardless of their gender. Among the cases in which PGD was performed, was when a couple needed the procedure to have a baby with the right genetic make-up to save their son’s life. Leanne and Stephen needed the procedure to save their first-born, BJ, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder, Hyper IGM. BJ is missing a vital part of his immune system and survives only with the aid of regular blood transfusions.

The child needs to be free of the disorder and of the same sex as BJ, then only can they be assured that the tissue can be transplanted from the newborn to BJ. The procedure was long and tedious with Leanne and Stephen going through a roller coaster of emotions as the eggs are extracted and fertilized and then sent for testing.

After a few rounds of misses, Leanne and Stephen made a hit and the embryo was transplanted in Leanne. Soon, their designer baby will arrive, bringing help and hope to his older brother and parents! PGD has, however, raised some ethical concerns from society, particularly regarding its potential and who should decide how to use this new found revolutionary technology.

The procedure allows for parents to determine the gender of the embryo, and can thus be used to select the embryo of one gender in preference to the other in the context of ‘family balancing’.

Society has also raised the questions of doctors and scientist ‘playing God’, that interfering with the natural form of conception may have major implications on our planet in the future.

Three Disadvantages of Traditional Classroom Learning

In a traditional classroom setting, students are made to sit passively while the teacher delivers a lecture. There are reasons as to why many teachers seem dissatisfied with this practice. For now, I shall limit myself to only three:

a. Students’ focus is set in the wrong direction; in taking notes rather than understanding and absorbing new concepts.

Result:

• students’ inability to grasp key ideas and concepts,

• Failed lesson objective.

b. Too much focus on presentation, little time left for practice: Since a teacher has to deliver a fixed number of concepts within a limited time, most classroom activities are sufficed to the presentation stage only. Practice is left for the student to do as homework.

Result:

• This strategy does not allow for students to experiment with new concepts. Their learning is put to a halt at a certain stage; they end up cramming concepts, and are unable to produce anything fruitful, except generic answers to exam questions.

• Furthermore, many students might get stuck while doing problem sets at home. This too thwarts their performance. If they are unable to master one concept, and have been unable to practice it effectively, we cannot possibly expect them to grasp a newer concept based on the previous one,

c. A teacher’s lecture is generally one-size-fit-all. Not every student has the same pace of learning. While some students can follow the teacher’s lecture with convenience, most of the others require time to chow on the information that they are getting. Also, each student has a different learning style. You can’t expect a kinesthetic learner to master a concept by just listening to a lecture. If a visual learner gets worse grades than an auditory learner, it doesn’t mean that the former is slow or dull; it might simply mean that the classroom strategies were designed for the auditory learner only.

Result:

• This results in the students’ inability to keep pace with the teachers’. The world stereotypes them as ‘slow learners’.

• Poor grades and lagging in classroom performance is a major contributor to a poor self-image and lack of confidence. In fact, the failure of many students to achieve what they are capable of achieving can be attributed to the above factors.

• This not only mars potential talent, it also causes distress to a lot many dedicated and hardworking teachers.

The traditional public school system and classroom practices are far from perfect. The responsibility befalls the shoulders of us educationists that we review the factors which make the present school system ineffective. Only then would we be able to rectify these problem areas in order to create classrooms that deliver. In the coming days, I shall be posting more on these issues, and offering practical solutions to them.

Future Trends of E-learning

The future of E-learning is very bright, indeed. This concept has been expanding at a very rapid rate as more and more uses for the computer in education have been discovered and attempted. On the traditional college campus, there is a trend toward the development of a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The VLE concept integrates the full range of electronic enhancements into the classroom setting. Under the VLE idea, the instructor is not replaced by the computer but rather uses the computer to reach more students and to reach them more effectively.

Distance education is becoming more popular as more and more households obtain personal computers. Many schools have developed the idea of the virtual classroom to a high degree. One instructor located at a central location and using video equipment can teach simultaneous classes in several satellite locations. There is no limit to the distance these satellite locations can be from the instructor. Computer based training can be done in much the same way. Such things as emails and chat rooms are being used as part of the E-learning arsenal.

Distance education is becoming more popular as more and more households obtain personal computers. Many schools have developed the idea of the virtual classroom to a high degree. One instructor located at a central location and using video equipment can teach simultaneous classes in several satellite locations. There is no limit to the distance these satellite locations can be from the instructor. Computer based training can be done in much the same way. Such things as emails and chat rooms are being used as part of the E-learning arsenal.

One major trend in Elearning is the spread of distance education from traditional subjects to all areas of knowledge. Trade and vocational schools are entering into the E-learning field. Such things as .net training videos have allowed the computer to be used for teaching any subject that can be imagined. Do it yourself manuals have entered the computer age. Informational websites can conduct practical training in any subject using videos that are accessible on the website to illustrate proper techniques. This trend has spread to include everything from dog training to basket weaving.

The past decade has been a time of rapid change as E-learning has replaced traditional learning methods. It can be expected that we have not peaked out and the future is going to bring innovations that can hardly be anticipated. The internet access of cell phones, and the wide spread use of palm pilots and lap top computers is opening new opportunities for education and learning.

Dr Emoto’s Other Experiment

Dr. Emoto’s experiments demonstrating how thought energy affects water crystals has become rather famous. Less known is another experiment he conducted using sealed jars of cooked rice. Not only is it another powerful demonstration of the affects of thought, it also shows the gap between how scientists and intuitives assign meaningfulness to positive and negative energy.

In this experiment, Dr. Emoto sealed cooked rice in three jars. The first jar was given to school children who were instructed to say pleasant words to it. The second jar was also given to school children, but they were instructed to say harsh words to it. The third jar was set aside and ignored. After a few weeks, the rice in the first jar looked as fresh as the day it had been sealed. Rice in the second jar had a little bit of mold. To everyone’s amazement, the rice in the third jar was completely rotten.

There is a bit of a gap in how scientists view this experiment and how intuitives view it. Most intuitives focus on the difference in the first and second jar and how harsh words caused the rice in the second jar to become moldy. But a theoretical mathematician doing statistical analysis and collecting data is going to look at this exactly the opposite.

Most mathematicians rarely approach a problem head on. They usually go in the back door. For instance, if we asked the odds of two people in a group of 40 having the same birthday, we might think it would be a ratio of 40/365. But, a statistician would ask, what are the odds against two folks having the same birthday, which is 364/365. With this calculation, odds break even with only 23 people and rise to 99% with only 57 people.

When collecting data on the rice experiment, statisticians will see the jar of rotten rice as most meaningful, because it was the control or the norm. What they will investigate is what caused the rice in the other two jars to not rot. So, the fresh rice in the second jar will be more meaningful than the few grains of moldy rice. And, there’s the gap in meaningfulness. Intuitives will see that negative energy caused some of the rice to mold in the second jar. Physicists will see that negative energy kept most of the rice fresh compared to the control jar, which was completely rotten. In other words, negative energy was useful and served a purpose.

Let’s delve a little further into how physicists view energy by using the analogy of a standard light bulb that is powered by AC, or alternating current. The AC energy runs equally positive and negative about a neutral line of reference. So, a physicist does not see negative energy as being bad. It serves a useful, balanced purpose.

Think about yin / yang. It is a perfect balance of energies. It came from the description of the sunny and shady sides of a mountain. But it’s one mountain, not two separate things. And this is the way a physicist looks at the energy that caused some of the rice in two jars to remain fresh. It’s a wholistic, balanced approach.

But, how do intuitives view these different energies? They look at the third jar of rotten rice as normal too. They know that there is an over-abundance of negative energy in the world. The meaningfulness of the rice in the first jar is that it is incumbent on us to magnetize and draw in as much positive energy as possible.

Intuitives know that the meaningfulness of the second jar is that folks can live off negative energy for a long time, but doing so has side-effects. In a scientist’s context, all energy is useful and they don’t understand the preference for positive to the exclusion of all negative because that would make the lights go out. Intuitives understand how energy works on a living system. The analogy of how energy works on a light bulb is a static model.

As Dr. Emoto’s rice experiment shows, the gap between how physicists and intuitives view and use positive and negative energy has a lot to do with the fact that they are using the same word, energy, for different things in different contexts. The energy that powers a light bulb is not the same energy that affects the rice.

An interesting side note. Several folks have repeated this experiment on YouTube. Most all of them left out the third jar. Without the third jar, scientifically speaking, the experiment is useless because there is no control aspect to monitor. You’ll see a third component in placebo studies too, where one group receives medication, one group receives a placebo and one group receives no medication. Scientific analysis of this type always requires a third dimensional aspect. Less can be verified by simply studying a purely dualistic system that has no neutral point of reference.

Some content excerpted from The Sage Age–Blending Science with Intuitive Wisdom.