Expanding human perception

All too often we define what “is real” based upon our sensory perception.

If we can see, touch and smell a flower – we call it real.  At the dinner table we taste our food and partake in conversation.  That seems to be real.  When we experience the thrill of discovery, or the pain of physical suffering, our ego catalogs that as real.  Electrical impulses from our body travel to the brain where an interpretation takes place.

In whatever activity we participate in, the Self is seemingly overshadowed by the strength of sensory perception.  It is real to us for now because that’s where our consciousness is centered (in time/space).  Later on in Enlightenment, due to the expansion of knowledge and awareness, we realize that the waking state, the “clear consciousness of day,” is but a stepping stone onto higher levels of perception.

“Like two birds of golden plumage, inseparable companions, the individual self and the
immortal Self are perched on the branches of the selfsame tree. The former tastes of the
sweet and bitter fruits of the tree; the latter, tasting of neither, calmly observes. The individual
self, deluded by forgetfulness of his identity with the divine Self, bewildered by his ego,
grieves and is sad. But when he recognizes the worshipful Lord as his own true Self, and
beholds his glory, he grieves no more.”
(Mundaka Upanishad 3.1.1,2)

The history of the human race is the story of the unfoldment of awareness.

The current round of human evolution, after that of Atlantis is you believe in those stories, started about 35,000 years ago with further refinement of Cro-Magnon man.  For the first 25,000 years or so, progress was made in social, hunting, language, and adaptability skills.

• 10,000 years ago, most humans lived as hunter-gatherers.
• 6,000 years ago, civilizations developed in Mesopotamia, Egypt’s Nile Valley, and the Indus Valley.
• 2,000 – 3,000 years ago, Persia, India, China, Rome, and Greek empires existed.

Substantial intellectual growth took a giant leap forward during the Greek empire.

Aristotle

Aristotle (384 – 322 BCE) – philosopher and scientist
Quotes …
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Law is mind without reason.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.
Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
A friend is a second self.

Pythagoras (570 – 495, BCE) – philosopher and mathematician, know for the Pythagorean theorem (a2 + b2 = c2).

Socrates (469 – 399, BCE) – classical Greek Athenian philosopher.

Hippocrates (460 – 370, BCE) – physician and proponent of the medical Hippocratic Oath.

Plato (428 – 347, BCE) – philosopher, mathematician and student of Socrates.

Euclid (300, BC) – an Egyptian and Greek mathematician in the Greek colony of Alexandria.  Today in our High Schools we study Euclidian geometry.

Archimedes (287 – 212, BCE) – mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor and astronomer.

Eratosthenes (276 – 195, BCE) – mathematician, poet, geographer and astronomer.  The first to accurately calculate the circumference (i.e., size) of the earth.

After the Greek awakening not much scientifically happened for the next 1,400 years.  Then in the 1600’s, about 400 years ago, it began again in earnest. That’s when the current scientific method and our identification and understanding in the functioning of the laws of nature began to seriously unfold.

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543) – developed the heliocentric (sun centered) theory of the universe.

Tycho Brahe (1546 – 1601) – was a Danish astronomer who painstakingly measured (e.g., position) the movement of planets and other celestial objects in the night sky.  These measurements were used by Kepler and others.

Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) – physicist, mathematician, astronomer and philosopher, who showed that the Earth is not the center of the universe.

Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) – mathematician, astronomer and astrologer, who formulated the laws of planetary motion.

René Descartes (1596 – 1650) – French philosopher.

Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) – mathematician, physicist, inventor and writer, who invented the mechanical calculator.

Isaac Newton (1643 – 1727) – English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian, who invented calculus and formulated our understanding of the law of gravity.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790) – is supposed to have first proved conclusively that lightning was indeed electricity, through some kite experiments.

Allesandro Volta (1745 – 1827) – created one of the first electric batteries.

Hans Christian Oersted (1777 – 1851) and Andre Ampere (1775 – 1836) proved the unity between electricity and magnetism.

Michael Faraday (1791 – 1867) invented the first electric motor.

James Clark Maxwell (1831 – 1879) through his theory of electromagnetism, conclusively proved the unity between electricity and magnetism and proved that light was an electromagnetic wave.

Heinrich Hertz (1857 – 1894) and Jagadish Chandra Bose (1858 – 1937) were the first to transmit electromagnetic waves.

• 1987 J.J. Thomson discovered the electron
• 1900 Planck discovers the quantum nature of energy
• 1903 The Wright brothers successfully demonstrate motor powered flight
• 1905 Einstein publishes the special theory of relativity
• 1906 Reginald Fessenden  invented radio broadcasting
• 1913 Rutherford and Bohr describe atomic structure
• 1915 Einstein announces the general theory of relativity
• 1924 Hubble identifies a new galaxy
• 1925 John Logie Baird  invented the television
• 1928 – 1945, Fleming discovers penicillin
• 1929 Hubble finds proof that the universe is expanding
• 1932James Chadwick describes the nucleus of the atom as composed of protons and neutrons
• 1947 Transistor is invented
• 1953 Watson and Crick describe structure of DNA
• 1954  First successful kidney transplant
• 1958 Jack Kilby made the first microchip, the start of miniaturization of technology
• 1959 Leakey family discovers human ancestors
• 1964 Douglas Engelbart invented the computer mouse
• 1965 Penzias and Wilson discover cosmic microwave radiation
• 1969  US Apollo astronauts walk on the moon
• 1973 Martin Cooper of Motorola created the first mobile phone
• 1976 Cosmic string theory introduced
• 1989 Tim Berners-Lee creator of the World Wide Web
• 1990 Hubble space telescope launched
• 1997 Ian Wilmut headed team that produced the first cloned sheep – Dolly
• 1997 Larry Page and Sergey Brin created internet Google search
• 2004 Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes created Facebook
• 2006 Jack Dorsey created Twitter

Electromagnetic Spectrum

Based upon the entire breadth of the electromagnetic spectrum, why is it that human beings developed the sense of sight (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet, 400 nm-700 nm wavelength) over such a tiny sliver?  Why don’t we see radio waves?

It’s actually all very logical.  Based on the properties of the earth’s atmosphere, the different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum, and the practical size of human eyes, it was natural for human sight to develop solely in the visual light range.

Earth’s atmosphere:
Gama rays, x-rays and most ultraviolet radiation do not reach the Earth’s surface.

Radio waves do pass through the atmosphere, but in order to see them with the same resolution as our visual sight, our eyes would have to be 10,000 times larger.  The difficulty is also compounded because the sun emits less than one billionth as many radio waves, as compared to the visual range.

Some infrared radiation makes it to the Earth’s surface, but some is also reflected back into space.  Water and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere absorbs some.  To see infrared radiation, our eyes would need to be 5 to 10 times larger.

So today, in order to extend our perception of the world, we developed and depend upon various instruments.

Chandra x-ray Telescope

The history of the human race is the story of the expansion of awareness.  We are actively exploring the physical realm, while making headway into understanding the more subtle planes of creation.

Our body experiences sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell.  Augmented by refined human consciousness, more subtle and silent levels of creation open up to our view.

Meditation serves as a Rosetta Stone for unlocking the mysteries of the universe.  As more people discover the benefits and bliss of meditation, and practice it daily, the human race will take ever larger leaps into expanded fields of knowledge, growth,  and happiness.

From the state of Enlightenment to that of Glorified Cosmic Consciousness (GC) the field of the Self comes further into view.  Upon Unit Consciousness (UC) no aspect of creation, relative or absolute, remains hidden from sensory perception.  The Self is experienced subjectively and objectively.  The circle of life is now complete.

On the trails of time we walk seeking opportunities for growth and freedom.  We long to uncover our true nature.  Clad in selfish desires and short sighted goals, we slowly move toward our true destiny – realization of the eternal Self.

Meditate each day to accelerate your growth, to hasten the day when you shake hands with the absolute and encompass your full human potential.

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