Sunday May 27, 2012 we celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Pentecost Sunday ends the season of Easter, falling on the “fiftieth” day after Easter.
According to the Bible, when Jesus appeared to his disciples following his Crucifixion, he told them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for a very special initiation that had been prepared for them, “For John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost. . .You shall receive the power of the Holy Ghost coming upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me . . .even to the uttermost part of the earth.”
According to The Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament, “When the days of Pentecost were accomplished, they were all together in one place; and suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind coming, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them parted tongues as it were of fire, and it sat upon every one of them; And they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and they began to speak with divers tongues.” Jersualem was filled with people from Asia, Egypt, Parthia, Mesopotamia, Libya,Arabia, and elsewhere, and as the disciples roamed throughout the city speaking, each person heard the disciples in his or her native language. All those in the city marveled at this miracle, for the disciples were unlettered fishermen from Galilee.
What Divine Power of Illumination overshadowed these humble men, who had been too frightened at the time of Jesus’ execution to stand by him and proclaim his Divinity?
The miraculous events of Pentecost bear a startling resemblance to the signs of enlightenment discussed for thousands of years in the ancient Hindu tradition of yoga.
When the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles at Pentecost, they entered a higher state of consciousness, and traveled near and far, spreading their Teacher’s message of love fearlessly throughout the world. The Apostles healed many by prayer and the laying on of hands.
This was a clear example of simultaneous “kundalini” awakening. Kundalini is a Hindu term for Universal Life Force Energy. In the yogic tradition, spiritual teachers activate the kundalini energy coiled at the base of the spine, which lies dormant in their disciples, and in the bulk of humanity.
After a period of time, and with the proper guidance, a disciple who assiduously cultivates spiritual practices and lives a disciplined life may succeed in raising that kundalini energy, which travels up the spine, over time, eventually piercing the six lower chakras, coming to rest in the crown chakra at the top of the head.
When the yogic student succeeds in piercing the crown chakra, through the grace of the teacher, or Guru, and through personal effort, the disciple’s fiery life force energy, or kundalini, finally unites with the downpouring flow of Universal Life Force Energy from the Cosmic Source and enlightenment is obtained.In the yogic tradition this is known as the Union of Shiva and Shakti. The crown of the head is the site on the human body where the physico-chemical changes resulting in enlightenment occur. Often, the moment of enlightenment is accompanied by the noise of a great wind, according to yogic tradition.
In the yogic tradition, the enlightened ones transcend the limitations of the egoistic personality, and gain access to a Cosmic Consciousness that is all-knowing.
In the yogic tradition, enlightened ones obtain the ability to heal through the application of Universal Life Force Energy, to initiate others, and to work miracles, called “siddhis” by the Masters of Yogi.
The powers of the awakened Universal Life Force Energy would account for the ability of Jesus’ disciples to heal and work miracles. For Jesus’ disciples, the crown of the head was the spot where the Holy Spirit manifested as tongues of fire, accompanied by the sound of a great wind. From that moment on, the disciples spoke in many tongues and amazed sophisticated listeners with their subtle spiritual teachings.
Science of the Universal Life Force
But what is the scientific basis for such an energy to exist? Is this Universal Life Force Energy a metaphysical construct, a symbol, a myth?
On the contrary, we should ask ourselves if our common perceptions of reality create illusions that entrap us in a duality consciousness that is the only barrier between our every day state of being and the elevated state of enlightenment experienced by Yogic Masters and by the disciples of Jesus Christ on Pentecost. Perhaps our bodies and our egos are just an illusion, and the Universal Life Force Energy is the fundamental reality of existence.
Perhaps energy is the basic building block of everything in the perceptible Universe. If we could see the energy exchanges going on around us, we might live very different lives.
Still, it’s hard to imagine a yogi, a Pentecostal Minister or a modern energy healer such as a Reiki practitioner tuning in to a source of limitless energy and then using their intuition and intent to direct the energy therapeutically in an Eighteenth Century Newtonian Universe – the Universe of Physics 101, where atoms are modeled by billiard balls and it is assumed that every action and reaction under the Sun can be reduced to a series of neat diagrams and elegant mathematical equations.
Classical Newtonian physics assumes that the cosmos is composed primarily of emptiness – the vacuum of space, devoid of matter and energy. In the classical model the Universe is composed mainly of dead and death dealing space.
Classical physics also assumes that objects within this radically empty space are composed at the most basic level of matter, which has mass, and because of this intrinsic mass, matter tends to remain still or to remain in motion once moving. This is called the law of inertia.
These old scientific paradigms are being challenged by new discoveries and ancient wisdom that go a long way to explain the nature of Universal Life Force Energy, its orgin and its nature.
In the process, these new scientific paradigms show that energy is the fundamental source of all the matter in the Universe, including human beings. We are all beings of light.
Classical physics had taught us that matter is the basic building block of the Universe, that space is a vacuum, and that friction kills momentum.
An oscillating pendulum would eventually come to rest if not continuously energized by an outside force, such as a spring.
In the Twentieth Century, quantum physics theorized that all oscillators continue to “jiggle” randomly about their “resting point”, with a very small amount of energy always present.
Quantum physicists called the ground state of any oscillating system zero-point energy. The term “Zero Point Energy” refers to zero degrees Kelvin. Zero degrees Kelvin equals -214.7483648 degrees Fahrenheit, and is accepted as a symbolic representation for the absence of all heat, as in the “vacuum” of space.
Astrophysicists, following up the work of these quantum physicists researching the roots of inertia, found that the void of deep space is in fact a limitless self-sustaining source of Zero Point Energy. Zero Point Energy appeared to some astrophysicists to be the most ubiquitous energy in the Universe.
Nor is matter the fundamental building block of our Universe, as Newtonian physics had proclaimed. Instead Zero Point Energy, which is coterminous with the vast field of the Void in deep space, appears to be the true origin of all matter in the Cosmos.
In the 1930s, quantum physicists described the Void as a state of minimum energy where minute fluctuations of Zero Point Energy lead to constant formation of particle-antiparticle pairs.
Far from being dead and death-dealing, the “vacuum” of space was discovered to generate a low level of background energy and simultaneously to precipitate the energy particles that are the most basic, subatomic building blocks of matter.
Scientists today call this new, energetic version of deep space The Zero Point Field (ZPF).
Scientists differ about how much energy exists in the Zero Point Field, but Nobel laureate Richard Feynman and John Wheeler, one of Einstein’s protégés, calculate that there is enough of this Zero Point energy in the volume of a coffee cup to evaporate all the world’s oceans.
I propose that the Universal Life Force Energy, or Holy Spirit, also known as kundalini energy in the Yogic traditions of the East, originates in what some modern scientists describe as the Zero Point Field – a field of low-level energy filling the seemingly empty vastness of deep space.
Some scientists are beginning to see the Zero Point Field as a limitless Source of energy and even as the Source of all the matter in the Universe.
This radical view of the Universe gained ground in the 1990s, with the publication of the scientific work of American astrophysicists Hal Puthoff, Bernie Haisch, and Alfonso Rueda. Their research transcended the Newtonian model. According to Newton, matter is the fundamental building block of Nature, and possesses an innate mass, which can, however, be converted to energy. Puthoff, Haisch and Rueda took the opposite viewpoint. They see the entire Universe and all matter within it as a creation of light. Matter is an illusion, to these astrophysicists.
“Is matter an illusion? Is the universe floating on a vast sea of light, whose invisible power provides the resistance that gives to matter its feeling of solidity?” asks “Science and Spirit” magazine. “Astrophysicist Bernhard Haisch and his colleagues have followed the equations to some compelling -- and provocative – conclusions.”
Puthoff, Haisch and Rueda see “matter” as composed of subatomic light “particles” accelerating in a relative vacuum. A vacuum filled nonetheless with an ocean of background energy, called the Zero Point Field. Since the Zero Point Field varies in density from place to place, subatomic light particles encounter resistance from the Field as they travel, causing these accelerating particles to coalesce into more concentrated fields and forms, eventually creating “matter”.
This “matter”, or coalesced light, encounters increasing resistance from the Zero Point Field as it forms, creating what physicists call “inertia”.
In this view of reality, all objects, no matter how large, dense, or heavy, whether animate or inanimate, sentient or non-sentient, are composed of a collection of electrical charges interacting with a background sea of electromagnetic and other energy fields.
Einstein’s formula E=Mc2 treated matter and energy as two different types of things, showing that matter could be converted to energy and vice versa.
This new scientific hypothesis views matter as a form of energy arising from the Zero Point Field.
Mythology of the Zero Point Field
In this model of the Universe, the Zero Point Field (ZPF) is the Source of all creation. The Zero Point Field (ZPF) fills the cosmos, including what appears to the naked human eye as the vacuum between planets and stars. The ZPF permeates all space, and all animate and inanimate objects therein, connecting them to one another.
The ZPF is composed of visible and invisible light, of different wavelengths.
Resistance to the movement of subatomic particles/waves of light through the Zero Point Field is theorized to cause gravity, and to precipitate the coalescing of these particles/waves of light into what we call matter.
This Universal field of energy of various wavelengths, in its movement, as it generates gravitational and electromagnetic forces and fields, forms whirlpools of energy vast and small, creating galaxies, solar systems, stars, planets and even the life forms evolving on the planets thus created.
According to this new science, we are all beings of light, localized fields of crystallized Universal Life Force Energy, interconnected with all that exists by virtue of being contained within the larger Universal Field.
Scientists exploring this new model of the Universe find their vision converging with the ancient wisdom of mystical traditions found throughout the world.
In the Old Testament, God’s first words on Day One of Creation were “Let there be light!”
The Greek myth of the Goddess Gaia begins with an image of the Goddess whirling out of darkness, wrapped in flowing white veils.
Hindus view the original creation as swirls forming in a sea of milk, a metaphorical representation of an energy field precipitating matter from the Void.
The Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition that began around 538 B.C., refers to this same primal sea of energy as the astral light, or Ain Soph Aur.
The notion of Zero-Point Energy was in some ways a throwback to earlier models of the universe.
The idea of a universal field of energy had been accepted by every ancient culture on Earth.
Called Spirit, prana, chi, aether, or some other name, it was believed in many religious traditions to be the primordial energy that sparked and sustains all creation.
Not God or Goddess, but the breath of God, the Word of God, the aura of Goddess, the fundamental stuff out of which creation arises, and which infuses all creation with vitality.
Now, Western scientists are actively exploring the possibility that the Universal Life Force Energy Field exhibits a cosmic consciousness in addition to its other qualities.
The Universal Life Force Energy comprising the Zero Point Field might be God’s aura – the Holy Spirit.
Plato called this field the quintessence, and spoke of five elements, earth, air, fire, water and aether.
Plato and the other luminaries of Greek philosophy and spirituality, such as Pythagoras, Socrates, Empedocles and Heraclitus may all have learned much from the ancient Yogic wisdom teachings of India, according to the most recent scholarly research, epitomized by Thomas McEvilley’s magisterial volume “The Shape of Ancient Thought: Comparative Studies in Greek and Indian Philosophies”.
In “The Timaeus”, Plato describes the physiology of sex and the proper application of soul power to obtain enlightenment. Plato says that “soul power” is actually a moist substance whose true home is the human brain, at the top of the head, where the higher soul resides. This “higher soul” or Higher Self transcends the human body, and the human ego, the personality of the individual.
The personality’s appetites and drives, its ego, are located in the “lower soul”, which is obsessed with bodily pleasures. It is the job of the spiritual student to surrender the activities of the lower soul in favor of the impulses of the higher soul.
The higher soul has only one desire – to be reunited with the World Soul, which, Plato says, is the proper and true form of “eros” or human love.
“When however, the soul is embodied,” says McEvilley, “and becomes subject to external influences through the channels of the senses, a degenerate form of desire for the One, and for immortality in the One, arises. Through the bewilderment of existing in time, the soul now mistakenly sees merging with the species as merging with the One, and desires to obtain immortality through offspring. Other factors enter also, such as seeing, in a sex object, the shadow of the Idea of Beauty, and mistakenly seeing the Idea in the shadow which stimulated memory of it. Thus the true eros, which is desire for supreme knowledge, freedom and eternality, is temporarily replaced by a false eros, which is sexual desire.”
Plato and the Yogis agree that the soul power, or kundalini, resides in the sexual secretions of men and women, the semen, as it were, and they agree further that the task of the spiritual student is to reverse the downward flow of the sexual liquid, forcing the semen upward through the spinal channel until it resides once again in the brain, at the top of the head.
McEvilley stresses that a clear line of diffusion for these spiritual concepts from the Hindu yogis to the Greek philosophers is difficult to trace, and notes that there is an even earlier antecedent for the idea of attaining enlightenment through a passage up the spine. In the Egyptian myth of Osiris, the dying and reborn god ascends to heaven over the spinal column of his mother, Nuit, the vertebrae being used as the rungs of a ladder. In fact, McEvilley traces the history of this iconography through Chinese alchemy, into mysterious Indus Valley seal images of the Hindu God Shiva, predating all written texts still in existence today, and all the way back to protoyogic elements of Australian aboriginal culture and pre-Columbian figurines. McEvilley finally concludes that the antiquity of the “marrow cults” describing spiritual enlightenment triggered by the activity of a hot liquid boiling up through the spinal channel into the brain exists as far back into pre-history as scholarship can trace the origins of Homo Erectus.
The wisdom teachings of the Renaissance magi, European yogis and adepts known as alchemists, speak in detail of the true nature of the Universal Energy Field and of its healing properties.
The legendary alchemist Hermes Trismegistus reveals many fundamental truths about the relationship between the human aura and the Universal Energy Field in his cryptic but illuminating work, The Emerald Tablets of Thoth, wherein the initiate discovers that the Logos, The Word of God in the Bible, is liquid living light. The Word, this liquid living light, is composed of cosmic consciousness, God’s Love. The Word is coterminous with the cosmos. In essence this Logos is God’s aura, and we all live within this loving, intelligent, beneficent field of Universal Life Force energy.
Hermes Trismegistus calls this conscious, liquid living light “The Strength of All Strengths”, “The One Thing”, the Mercury of the alchemists. Mercury’s nature is pure Love. On the physical plane, this energy manifests as sexual energy. On the mental and spiritual planes, Mercury appears as pure light or the Holy Spirit, who inhabited Christ’s disciples on Pentecost.
Alchemical mercury is equivalent to the kundalini energy Eastern adepts in the yoga tradition raise within themselves in the process of enlightenment. Kundalini energy is aroused at the base of the spine through love and compassion, elevated through purity to open the heart, and is there transformed into pure light, or the Holy Spirit, and raised to the crown of the head, conferring enlightenment, or Christ consciousness.
This in a nutshell is the story of Pentecost. The story of Pentecost is a timeless story indeed, and this story has been told and retold throughout time around the world, for as long as human beings could speak to one another.
Let us celebrate the essential oneness of the human spirit this Pentecost Sunday, and reflect upon the Unity of Creation.
May the Universal Life Force Energy bring you and your loved ones abundant health and well-being, wisdom and love this week. And may you obtain the grace and guidance you need to attain all your spiritual and material goals.
Love and Light,
Curtis & Jane