by Karyn Najarian, owner of Rooted Yoga
“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade then in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the Universe, one must think in terms of energy, frequency, and Vibration.” Nikola Tesla
Eastern schools of ancient mysticism, whether based in Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism or of another school of thought, have rooted their teachings on the foundation that everything and everyone in the Universe is intrinsically connected. The highest goal of these ancient schools is for the individual to transcend the notion of an individual self and the idea that humans are separate from each other and the Universe. When we transcend the notion of an individual self and come to fully know that each living organism is part of the cosmos and that our choices, thoughts, actions and intentions send energy out into the Universe affecting not only ourselves and our reality but all those we are entangled with as well! (I will get into a brief explanation of Entanglement Theory later.) These Ancient Mystics also taught about the importance of intention and believing what we focus our mind on becomes reality.
What does this really mean to be “One”? It sounds nice in theory but grasping the reality of that theory can be difficult. Most of us grew up in schools learning Newtonian Laws; focusing on everything in our world being made of solid matter, separate from other things, orderly, predictable and reality being something only you can see and touch. Advances in quantum mechanics and quantum physics have long proven Newtons theories as inaccurate, yet his theories have been ingrained in most of us and seem to be the primary way westerners view the world around them. It can be hard to wrap our minds around the reality that the human body is essentially made up of energy which is 99.999999% empty space!
‘Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.’ - Albert Einstein
Early in the 20th Century, scientists attempted to prove that the physical world was in fact physical and not illusionary. They started looking for a single “point particle” for which all life is built upon, but found that the physical world was not physical at all. They concluded that everything was energy. Electrons, neutrons, gluons and quarks, which make up everything in our known world including ourselves, have no structure and are composed of energy. They are zero dimensional and act more like potential “events” rather than things or objects.
Further discoveries went on to prove that the electron was not merely a particle, but could present itself as both a wave and a particle simultaneously. We now know that an electron is fundamentally energy. The Double Slit Experiment is one of the most important experiments in physics from the last 100 years and concluded an the active observer of the experiment can change and alter the path and behavior of an electron.
This discovery and others have changed the way science determines the outcomes of experiments. Since human observation and interaction have been proven to change the experimental outcome, our scientific conclusions can no longer be assumed to be objective and unaffected by the person hosting the experiment.
So what does all this mean for us on a practical level? In 1920, the famous physicist Niels Bohr presented the Copenhagen interpretation which stated that a quantum particle doesn’t exists in one state or another, but in all of it’s possible states at once. It isn’t until one consciously observes an atom, that it is forced to choose one probability over another. This means that the act of conscious observation creates the entire universe! Does this mean humans are creating their own universe and the world around them with their own thoughts and intentions? Without our presence and our conscious ability to create reality, would the universe remain formless? Would atoms simply float around endlessly, full of every potential existence and without the chance to become reality?
Another related discovery was the concept of entanglement, which Albert Einstein called “Spooky action at a distance”. Physics has proven that once two particles have interacted with each other, they forever become “entangled”. These 2 particles will forever affect each others momentum and are connected by an energy force that surrounds everything. Once entangled, an alteration in the spin state one particle will instantaneously change the spin of its associated particle- even if those two particles are a million light years apart.
Scientists claim that about 13.7 billion years ago the entire Universe was once the size of a small green pea. According to the Big Bang Theory, some unknown trigger caused this pea sized ball to expand into 3D space. If all the empty space surrounding the Universe and everything in it was removed today, all the solid mass combined would again shrink down to the size of a pea. If you believe this, this means that we were once all one, compressed down together into a small little ball before the Big Bang. If particles that have been in contact which each other are forever entangled, than this would suggest that everyone and everything in the Universe is energetically linked. The ancient beliefs that we are all one and that what we do in life affects all other beings in our Universe would tie into this this theory of entanglement. This view seems to validate the wisdom of the ancient mystic teachings that suggest we are all connected and part of a universal collective consciousness.
We can take this further exploring the idea that we are purely consciousness and reality as we perceive it may be non existent. Some science points to the idea that we are merely holograms or illusions created by the stories of our consciousness. This is a rabbit hole you are welcome to explore and contemplate for yourself as there are endless possibilities and theories to explain the truth of our existence. There are many things science has not been able to prove but science does prove that we are made of the same atoms as the stars in our galaxy, that when two particles are separated they are forever linked and affected by one another no matter how many millions of miles separate them.
Humans are energetically linked with each other, our beautiful Earth, the animal kingdom and the entire Universe. If there is any hope to achieve world peace, or to save our planet and live in harmony together, humans will need to let go of the false sense of a self, tribalism, the ideas of the separateness and realize that we are all one.
“We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.”
― Amit Ray, Yoga and Vipassana: An Integrated Life Style
Karyn Najarian is the owner of Rooted Yoga Studio. Rooted is proud to offer a diverse, accessible, and wildly compassionate approach to yoga and fitness classes. Their permanent space will be opening when construction is completed in the fall. In the mean time, they found a sweet spot on Main Street, Falmouth to act as a temporary home to host classes.
Dedicated to the art of cultivating a sustainable, and transformative yoga and fitness practice, our teachers are experienced, thoughtful and committed to providing quality, inclusive classes. Join the Rooted Family and start your Transformation! https://www.rootedcapecod.com/