Writing & Research: Aaron M. Weis
It was the brilliance of inventor Nikola Tesla who observed that “If you wish to understand the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency, and vibration.” In this A regard, I can still vividly recall the days of past where I myself and an ex-amour and collegiate friend of mine would discuss this issue at length. She was and still is majoring in Physics, Particle Physics to be exact, so this was a conversation of great interest to her. As she highlighted as to how everything was energy, I responded with the observation that you could see this through the exemplification of the human experience, in that our thoughts could be viewed as a kind of thermal energy, which followed with our speech, or the frequency to our being, and that our actions from this process could be viewed as the sum vibration, to which she agreed. However, what does this particular relationship have to do with those particular phenomenon’s where individuals perceive things, whether visual, auditory or otherwise, that science and other modern-day theories cannot necessarily explain? To that, I postulate that it is by and large associated with various anomalies in what we could describe as the Homo Sapiens umwelt, or in other words, the world as it is experienced or perceived by a particular organism.
As a major cinephile and lover of science-fiction, I would have to say that arguably the greatest illustrations of an organisms umwelt is that offered in any of the Predator films through the cut-scenes that show these alien species snakelike perception in which they pick up on the heat signatures of their pray, which almost speaks to their coldblooded nature. In this way, just as every one of the 9.5 billion people view the world in a different way on an individualistic level, so too do all the other species that populate the earth have different ways of experiencing the world. One such example is as to how both bats and dolphins alike rely on echolocation, or what is commonly referred to as biosonar.
Bearing both of these sentiments in mind, the human species interact, engages, and ultimately experiences the perceivable world through the five senses that we are naturally endowed with, which is the most rudimentary description of our own umwelt. However, that being said, of all of our five senses, it is worth mentioning that it is specifically that of sight or visuals that are typically the most dominant sense that we rely on in terms of processing information we are presented, to which I can personally attest to as a hyper-visual learner, as far as learning styles are concerned. That being said, there is sort of sweet irony, or bittersweet paradox in the fact that despite this notion, human beings are only really capable of perceiving approximately .0035 percent of the electromagnetic spectrum in a world where everything is energy, frequency, and vibrations. That’s right, we only perceive less than one percent of what is readily available to us, and yet we rely on it so much.
In this metaphysical sort of examination, it is also crucial to consider the psychological variables associated with it, and not just in terms of those found in Western pedagogies on the matter, but from around the world. Take for instance, stories in circulation where individuals have been cured of life-threatening illnesses that were untreatable in the States, through a kind of meditative, feeling-based prayer, where the individual in question believed that they were already healed, and those in the room believed themselves to be in the presence of a healthy individual, chanting a mantra that roughly translated to already healed, already done through the process.
However, according to Western practices and applications, if an individual were to make a claim to a psychiatrist or psychologist that they believed that they had the capacity to heal themselves, through whatever means, then said hypothetical personage would receive a psychological label that would be attached to various delusions. More specifically, a type of delusion of grandeur, which is frequently associated with such conditions as Bipolar Disorder, and other such ailments that have an accompanying factor of psychosis.
In likewise fashion, in Western practices, if anyone were to make a statement along the lines of perceiving visual or auditory input that other individuals could not readily perceive, then a thought-disorder branding of Schizophrenia, or other thought-based disorders would quickly become part of said person’s subjective reality.
Yet, in stark juxtaposition to this belief, or medical practice, there are those countries in the east that believe individuals who can perceive things that others cannot; people, voices, ghosts, spirits, and things of that nature, are the sort of mediums or sages of their culture, and are actually highly regarded, with some cultures believing that these are our more ancient souls who have sort of a direct contact with the cosmos and the people of the past.
Further expanding on this psychological notion pertaining to metaphysics, how exactly can we discern what is real, and what is not? For instance, things that we ostensibly hallucinate, whether it is from the abuse of illegal drugs, or as a direct consequence of various mental illness, while they may not readily be perceivable to other individuals, they are very real to the people that experience them, and are real in the sense that the act of hallucinating is something that takes place in our very real subjective reality, to which people are treated for in hospitals varying in nature.
But at what level does something quantify as a hallucination or something that is out of context with reality. Take for instance individuals that have a more heightened sense of anxiety. In these cases, their mind’s eye, or sense of psychological time, perceives a possible event that may, or may not take place in the future; a sort of fancy that by any kind of description is not entirely real.
Conversely, it has been well documented that individuals with chronic depression have a tendency to focus, or sort of ruminate over, events that had taken place in the past, again, as far as psychological time is concerned, and again, in these cases their minds are sort of rehashing events that had taken place in the past, and, as in the example with anxiety, are not entirely real in a matter of speaking, at least as far as the present moment is concerned. On that note of the present moment, it is why various eastern philosophies stipulate that consciousness, nirvana, enlightenment, peace, and other such synonymous states of mind are the result of living in the now.
And what about imagination. Countless brilliant minds through the ages have made remarks as to how important this faculty of the mind is, with Albert Einstein’s, “Imagination is far greater than any amount of knowledge,” being perhaps the most well-known.” When one takes the time to stop and contemplate this, it becomes a sort of irrevocable truth.
Take the study of Physics alone for example. A vast majority of the concepts that Physicists deal with are those that require a great deal of imagination. This is seen in the way that they work with these forces that in a way are imaginative in their very nature. One cannot readily perceive what causes magnetism, gravity, quantum physics, or the ways in which the moon directly causes for tidal waves on our own planet, but the results of these processes show that they are inherently real. Just as it would take a great deal of imagination to develop a concept such as a multiverse, or to try and understand the approximated ninety-six percent of the universe that is not perceivable to us at this current time.
We also see this fact in various Philosophical conceptualizations. Most noticeably of these are perhaps that of Plato’s various different forms. Or what about the sentiment of, The Omnipotent Paradox, which postulates the question as to whether an omnipotent being, such as God, could create for a rock that he could not pick up? For, if he couldn’t pick up the rock, or if he could not create for such a situation, then he could not be described as an omnipotent being.
In this inquiry, it would take an extraordinary amount of imagination to solve this kind of philosophical riddle. Take, for example, the previous astrological notion of a hypothetical multiverse. If this parameter was included in the scenario, using Descartes ideologies pertaining to complex ideas, and abstraction for that matter, then this problem is solved in that a multiverse would give an omnipotent being the capacity to create for one universe where he can pick up the rock, and another where he could not pick up the rock, just as he could make one where he does and does not exist, or one that transcends all of our modern-day notions of Physics, Mathematics, logic, and reason, all existing at the same time simultaneously.
But just as we imagine potential conversations with our managers, professors, friends, lovers, and family, all of these things take place in the mind, but are by no means actually real, at least by conventional standards.
So in considering the various metaphysical and psychological properties in the things that people perceive, that cannot be explained, and supernatural phenomena of this nature, could it be that the individual with Schizophrenia might have a sensory problem, or an excess amount of adrenaline that simply heightens or amplifies the various processes that cause for anxiety and the more primitive fight or flight responses, or faculties of imagination for that matter? In the same capacity, could there be some truth to what the people of the east have to say about the matter, in as far as they really are conversing with ancient civilizations, and are in fact the mediums of our planet? Or, could it be that in terms of understanding energy, frequency, and vibration, that they merely have a different umwelt than what is generally normal or typical? Of these, I think that the latter is the case.
There is no good or bad, it is all a matter of how we perceive it. True as this may be, on a cosmic scale, nothing could be further than the truth in an otherwise indifferent universe, although I certainly do not think that that is the case, where there is no good or bad, just positive, neutral, and negative energy, and from this, we get from some social circles the notion of positive vibes, and things of that nature. But there is no way possible to even begin to calculate as to how the universe or multiverse classifies, actions, events, and all other occurrences under these three categories.
However, to begin my assertion, I refer back to the observation stipulated by Tesla himself. In a universe where everything is energy, the full gamut of Western psychological maladies can be closely associated with this notion.
When a highly trained psychological professional attempts to assess a new patient, they first try to discern with whether or not they are dealing with a mood disorder, or a thought disorder, and in extreme cases a personality disorder. However, this is relatively interesting, at least in my own personal opinion, when considering the fact that is the product of our thoughts that are essentially the origins to our feels, or our mood. At least that is what the Western Psychological paradigm maintains. As such, if it is our thoughts that create our feelings, then wouldn’t there only be just that of thought disorders? And that doesn’t keep into consideration the previously mentioned notion that are thoughts could be viewed as our kinetic or thermal energy, and are speech, and feelings with them could be viewed respectively as frequencies and vibrations.
Similarly, this trend is also irrefutably present in the psychological conditions in and of themselves. Take Bipolar Disorder for example. At its most microscopic level, it is a mood disorder. As a mood disorder, what this disease is distinguishable by is that of how those affected by that oscillate between very high moods of euphoria, to very low, or manic-depressive moods. In short, these individuals have energy levels that are constantly in flux between high and low states.
That being said, this pattern is, for the most part, observable in every condition in the DSM, to the extent that one could make the argument that we are essentially categorizing an individual’s energy levels. In this way, the individual with generalized anxiety, PTSD, agoraphobia, or any of the more fear-based conditions are those that are operating with very constrictive or dense energy, and there is a lot of said energy when considering the fact that there is a close correlation between anxiety and excitement. We see this further demonstrated in the stark juxtaposition where those who are happy are elated, or have very high or positive energy, just as we say that the person who is depressed is down or low. At one end we have a restriction, and on the opposite side of the same spectrum, expansion. We also see this in the case of ADHD, where the hyperactivity could be viewed as an excess of energy to the point that it deters or impedes on the person’s ability to focus, or pay attention, and so on and so forth.
This point is further substantiated if you were to take a surface-level glance at the types of medications utilized by the pharmaceutical industry to treat these various conditions. The overwhelming majority of these drugs consist of uppers, or stimulants, depressants, or downers, mood stabilizers, and anti-psychotics which are essentially tranquilizers all of which directly relate to varying energy levels.
Now, at the same time, the majority of these ailments also consist of sensory perception issues in one way or another. The most painstakingly obvious are those pertaining to matters of metaphysics and what is real, or that which is ostensibly a delusion, hallucination or things along those lines. Yet, in the case of individuals with Bipolar Disorder, there is this kind of hypersensitivity to light. Furthermore, there are also heightened senses closely related to those who have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia. I know of a girl who in her youth before she was ever diagnosed as such, her parents would joke that she was a psychic because she would say a firetruck was coming, and then five minutes later, one would pass by. This, however, has been explained by her sensory perception issues. To this day, as she has grown older, she needs special earphones to go to the movies, or to go to certain social events, because her auditory senses are acute, and as such she is very sensitive to noise.
To bring this point home, the association being made is this. In a world where everything is energy, to which everyone perceives the world from differing or altered states of consciousness, or different states of mind, wouldn’t in only make sense that each individual would have their own kind of umwelt which like them adapted to the various life circumstances and experiences that they were subjected to, especially in a world that measures everything in terms of spectra, scales, levels, degrees, so on and so forth?
Take for instance one of the most well-known scientific truths in that energy can be neither created nor destroyed, and its correlation with the phenomena of individuals seeing ghosts, or things that other people cannot readily perceive. Or what about those instances where individuals take photographs and odd, vague, and otherwise ambiguous orbs, or people like outlines appear.
In the case of the photograph, could a possibly feasible explanation be that the camera obscura simply captured the residual imprint of someone or something that took place in the past at the same given locale or location? If all things are energy, something that can be neither created nor destroyed, could it possibly be that these particular individuals have over the course of their life experiences, developed a kind of umwelt that allows them to perceive those energies, frequencies, and vibrations, or other parts of the electromagnetic spectrum for that matter, that the average eye cannot pick-up on or discern? And if that is the case, could not the same be said for the remaining senses that allow us to experience the world around us.
For the purpose of illustrating this point, I will describe one of the most interesting things I learned in my collegiate experience as a result of my taking Astronomy and History at the same time. Now, it has already been established that everything is energy, frequency, and vibration. That being said, in theory, let’s take a well-known historical event such as the Civil War. That event carried with it its own residual energy, frequency, and vibration accordingly. But, taking that one step further, as those events transpired that energy carried itself out into the cosmos, and will continue to do so until the end of time. The more interesting, astrological, and theoretical aspect to this equation is that if you were somehow capable of pinpointing the exact coordinates in relation to the time span of the universe, then you should be able to see that energy through a specialized microscope; this, of course, is made relatively possible when considering that we know that the horizon marks a time that is more recent in the universe’s development with each degree that you go higher up into the sky until you reach the zenith, or point directly overhead, marks a time later in the universe’s development.
If we can accomplish such astonishing feats of perception through the means of manmade contrivance’s of observation, then can’t we easily deduce that the actual eye, that glorious doorway to an individual’s soul, which undeniably differs in each individualistic case, is in likewise fashion capable of the same capacity; that each person with their own umwelt, perceives varying degrees of what is actually perceivable to us, in a world where we are nearly blind, in hindsight, no pun intended, to the fact that we only are aware of .0035 percent of what actually there? To this, I think the answer is yes.