I’ve got this side of me that geeks-out over science. I have been known to wander aimlessly, by myself, in some of this country’s best science and natural history museums while on business travel. I visited Bodies: The Exhibit, twice, alone. I aced college level chemistry in high school and almost chose it as my college major until I realized how much math was involved. Science = bueno, Math = no bueno.
I suppose I get this trait from my father who is a chemistry teacher and a science nerd to his core. The man wore a t-shirt imprinted with the periodic table of elements when I was kid. (A t-shirt I rescued from the donation bin and still have to this day.) I seem to be genetically hard-wired with this insatiable curiosity about how my world works on an empirical, scientific level. The facts about life never cease to amaze me.
Then there’s this other side of me that geeks-out over the spiritual. The side that loves yoga and meditation and learning about religion. It is where these two worlds collide that my brain explodes into a frenzy of hyperactive, toddleresque-overstimilation and I want to pee all over myself like a nervous chihuahua. I could literally talk about this for hours.
Oh will you looky there, I went and created myself a blog wherein I’m pretty much free to talk about whatever I want so…
There are two theories in particular that I think about often as it pertains to science and spirituality. The first, is Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Newton’s Third Law of Motion states: The mutual forces of action and reaction between two bodies are equal, opposite and collinear.
The second law, is a law of physics pertaining to the conservation of energy. This law means that energy can change its location within the system, and that it can change form within the system, but that energy can be neither created nor destroyed.
I know, sounds totally boring right? If you’re still with me and haven’t started skimming to get to the end of this snoozer of a high school physics lesson/ blog post, then stick with me and I’ll break it down.
Have you ever been to an open casket funeral? Have you ever buried the family pet? Do you remember the first time you saw anything that was dead? Do you remember how you felt when you first laid eyes on the deceased? It’s not my intention to stir up a bad memory, I don’t want you to think about the specific person, animal, or situation, but rather the physical experience of seeing it.
I was about six when I went to my first open casket funeral. Since then, I’ve been to more open caskets funerals than I care to recount here, but that’s not the point. My point is that when I saw that for the first time I wasn’t afraid, and I haven’t been afraid since. I wasn’t afraid to see death at age six because what I was seeing might have looked like something that used to be alive, but I knew, at a six-year-old instinctual level, that what I was seeing was not the same as a real person. The energy that animates life was missing because, (and this is the tie that binds it all together so let me be very clear)…
We. Are. All. Just. Energy.
When you understand that, you will start to see life in a whole new way.
We can feel each other’s energy if we pay attention. It resides in the silent, empty spaces between our physical bodies. Have you ever gotten “a bad vibe” from someone? Conversely, have you ever been instantly attracted to another? That’s your energy connecting with another person’s energy. On this instinctive level we draw to us like magnets the same energy we are putting into the world, which conveniently brings me back to Newton’s Third Law.
Newton’s Third Law says that each action (use of energy) has an equal and opposite reaction. To put it more plainly, Karma’s a bitch folks. What you put out into the world, comes back to you. It is up to you to choose what that energy will be. Will it be positive? Or negative? Will you give? Or will you take? Have you ever heard of the saying, the more you give the more you get? It’s true, because it’s science.
Now let’s take the second law, the law of conservation of energy. This essentially states that energy can never cease to exist, it merely changes form. So let me repeat just in case you didn’t get it the first time, We. Are. All. Just. Energy. We never cease to exist, we merely change form.
When our bodies fail us, when it’s time for us to leave the physical world, our energy (or soul, as it is more commonly referred to) lives on in another form. It is our bodies that stay behind. Where we go is the million dollar, highly debatable, unanswered question, but I have no doubt that we all have always, and will always exist in one energetic form or another. It’s true, because it’s science.
Furthermore, (and perhaps another blog post), I believe that all the energy in this world is connected through an elegant system of design that is far beyond my abilities to comprehend. At every moment our energies are speaking and perceiving, connecting and being acted upon by forces that we have yet to fully realize. That’s the spirituality part.
It’s true, because it’s science… and spirituality.