The discoveries of the last century regarding the nature of light have thrown up striking links with the transcendent light referred to so often by the enlightened sages of past and present. In the theory of relativity, at the speed of light, time comes to a stop – that is, light is timeless. In quantum theory, light has zero mass and charge; a photon can traverse the entire universe without expending energy, which means that, for light, space does not exist. Somehow, it seems that light is more fundamental than and transcendent to time, space and matter.

Quantum Physics tells us that all matter is composed of elementary sub-atomic 'particles' which are no more than cyclic vibrational energy-flows. An atom is a group of such 'particles' and a molecule is a collection of such groups with umpteen variations, all interacting with energy exchange to form the objects we perceive. The energy is electromagnetism, which is the nature of light, and the speed of the energy flows, either cyclical within the 'particle' or linear between 'particles', is the speed of light. The nature of the photon, which is both wave-like and particle-like, is discernible in experiment as one or the other depending on the way the observer chooses to measure it. It appears that the wave form is potential only and not discernible except from its effects, and the particle form becomes apparent only on the collapse of the wave form into the discernible particle form in the act of observation. In other words, the act of perceiving simultaneously 'creates' the manifestation of our world from quantum moment to moment, as pointed out in Manifestation.

We never know light directly. The light that strikes the eye is in the form of energy which is all that photons can be said to be. This energy is translated through a series of electrical and chemical processes into an image in mind that seems to be composed of light. The light is in the mind. All exchanges of energy between atoms involves the exchange of photons which means that every interaction in what we call the material world is mediated by light but that light is not part of the ‘material world’. So every photon of light is a quantum of energy that we can refer to as action and is thus the foundation of every interaction in the cosmos.

The light of consciousness likewise can be looked on as the source of every quality that can be experienced. It is intrinsic in every experience and is absolute and invariant in nature. It is, at the same time, universal and common to all. The light in you is the same as the light in me. It is a small step to the understanding that the light that is basic to everything is the same as Mind which is everything. After all, Jesus said “I am the Light of the World” and he was clearly not talking about ‘me’ but about ‘I’. Might this explain the anomaly that the speed of light is always constant no matter whether the observer is approaching or receding from the source – something that still baffles scientists?

Read Peter Russell's "From Science to God" and his web site for more on this.

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