SimplicityWritten by Alison Hall
Busy, rushed, hurried, just some of words used to describe life today. Everything seems to be measured by what you have, where you go on holiday, what labels you wear. We are bombarded with articles, billboards, advertisements, which all dictate (most subconsciously) how we should live, and if we don’t measure up to that, then we are not really living.
Now, if we have more disposable income, and are living as above, why is it that most of us feel there is something missing?
We have forgotten how our ancestors danced in tune with earth’s rhythms. How they lived by seasons and cycles of moon. How they only gathered what they needed, nothing more, nothing less.
That’s all very well in those days, but we have technology now, surely with all these gadgets our lives should be easier? Perhaps, but are we any happier? Do our lives light up with sparkle of stars? Do we even know what makes us happy? Do we yearn for love, yet are unable to find it? Our lives are a clutter and mismatch, even when we think we have it all, as long as our world doesn’t change we still live in closed boxes. We always want more and more to fulfil our so-called ‘happy life’. The truth is, it’s all an illusion, created by us for us. Our ego, out to protect us and keep us safe. Keep busy, earn more!!! Fill your life full of busyness so that you never have to reach within, never discover what makes you truly happy, for this would mean having to take a cold hard look at your soul within. The spark of our soul, who we really are always remains lit, a tiny spark, which could grow into an inferno of wonder and joy, if only we would fuel our fire with truth of who we are.
It's a Quantum ThingWritten by Maya Talisman Frost
We don't need to understand quantum physics entirely in order to appreciate it. Even those who have devoted their lives to study of universe and its atomic structure will admit that many mysteries remain. Well, I love mysteries, so let's set scene for this one...
There's a Big Bang. "Whoosh!" go all molecules. Much swirling commences. Fast forward 12 billion years (give or take a billion) to present day. People all over world watch sci-fi movies, read physics texts, attend harmonic convergence gatherings, study nanotechnology, and gaze at stars. Our questions: How did we get here? Who are we? Where is here? Why? What next?
If you’re expecting quantum theory to answer those questions, you’re going to be disappointed. However, it does give us some heady new ways to anticipate those answers.
Let’s take a look at some terms. Back in fifth century BC, our Greek friend Democritus had idea that all matter is ultimately made up of tiny grains that cannot be divided into smaller pieces. He called these little pieces “atoms” for Greek phrase “a-tomos” which means “uncuttable”. Poor Democritus didn’t have advantage of sophisticated microscopes, so it’s not surprising that, centuries later, it was discovered that atoms are actually cuttable. In fact, atoms are themselves made up of tiny particles we’ve dubbed neutrons, protons, electrons and neutrinos.
But it doesn’t stop there. Now we’re thinking that leptons, along with quarks, are tiniest of particles of all and currently considered ultimate building blocks of nature. Since we keep finding particles inside particles and adding new names to pieces of atoms, it’s easier to refer to smallest chunks into which something can be divided as quanta. The German physicist Max Planck first proposed that energy might come in little pieces called quanta back in early 1900s. So when we talk about quantum theory, we’re just referring to whole set of ideas surrounding microscopic world of atoms.
Along comes Albert Einstein, who recognizes that this whole idea of quantum physics turns classical physics on its head and spins it around. Here all these scientists had developed theories and precise formulas for calculating predictably and consistently ways in which bodies move. Now there’s this idea that little particles actually behave in ways we can’t predict with certainty. These tiny quanta are mysterious. They respond sometimes as particles, and sometimes as waves, and we can’t always tell which way they’re going to go. If a particle is traveling from point A to point B, we can guess its path, but tinier particle, less sure we are that that exact path is one taken. In fact—hold on to your hat here—we’ve come to understand that not only do we not know exact path, but that particles may actually be in two places at once.