ON THE NATURE OF THE AETHER
 The Anahat Shabd, the
"soundless sound", is the subtlest element of all. It is the
etheric essence, finer than earth, air, water, or fire, beyond the speed of light...
all pervasive, the source of cohesion, of electricity, of magnetism and gravitation,
of all that exists.
The modern physicist E.C.G.
Sudarshan has described the etheric essence of the Anahat Shabd in scientific
terms as follows:
"The ether as
superfluid is consistent with relativity and quantum theory. It is the support
of all light, in it all bodies exist,it is attached to none, it is ever present
beyond the limitations of time and space. It has no inertial qualities, no
interactions, yet it is the very substance of illumination." E.C.G. Sudarshan
(preprint, University of Texas, 1974)
Such is the Eastern view of
the aether, in the west it has been given the following
1. An imaginary substance
regarded by ancients as filling all space and making up
the stars, etc.
2. In physics, as a
hypothetical, invisible substance, postulated as pervading space and serving as
the medium for the transmission of light and other energies.
This Aether has been
theorized and expounded upon by metaphysists for hundreds, perhaps thousands of
years (I have so far been unable to find the true source of the idea). Back in
the 1600 there were several Aethers, but around 1638, Rene' Descartes postulated
a single Aether that was "all-pervasive".
As recently as a hundred
years ago this idea was quite popular, though now it is dismised by science, or
at least most of science. There are now several physists who are beginning to
develop theories about the universe that look for all the world like theories
of the Aether, though, they are using different names for the very ideas that
the ancient metaphysists proposed.
Consider these two exerpts
from papers written by modern physists. They are going to describe two
"fields" that exist in their theories, and are in all likelyhood
what the ancients called; the Aether.
 Space is filled
with an energy field, the energy concentration of which is extremely large
(for the layman, the energy field in this lecture room could correspond to
the energy of several bombs.)
This energy field has
little to do with light energy or solar energy, and instead is called
the GRAVITON FIELD, TACHYON FIELD or NEUTRINO FIELD.
There are two essential
models of imagination for this field and the tachyon. We are either dealing
with EXTREMELY SHORT WAVES which possess VERY HIGH ENERGY electromagnetic
radiation, or we are dealing with very small energy units which
display a PULSATING BEHAVIOR which, in turn, determines their energy.
The majority of them
(tachyons) may remain relatively stationary (these are called BRADYONS)
and because of their OSCILLATORY BEHAVIOR (Prof. Seike calls it
"trembling motion" [Zitterbewegung]), they HAVE A GREAT AMOUNT
This means that ALL MATTER
is immersed in an EXTREMELY DENSE ENERGY FIELD
which we cannot percieve.
Think of the Bradyon field
in its continuous jiggle as having a composition similar to syrup. Rapidly
moving Tachyons can be thought of as water or gas.
Comparison of the flow
speed of the two fields shows how the Bradyon field could "sustain"
the holographic (3d) image of the universe in a matrix of living energy.
This opens up very
interesting concepts relating to Sheldrake's Morphogenetic Fields and Burrs'
Electrodynamic Fields of Life.
 QUANTUM MAGIC
REALITY AS DESCRIBED BY
In quantum mechanics,
reality is described by waves defining the probabilities of different outcomes
from the same interactions. These waves manifest as what we have been taught to
call matter, energy, particles, and/or waves when observed.
These probability waves
overlap and continue forever. The interactions between different entities
constitute a single structure of linked wave patterns, so that the entire
universe can be thought of as an unbroken whole. The waves form a matrix, with
all parts of the system affecting all other parts. Non-local relationships exist
between parts of the system that are distant from each other. It is impossible
to distinguish two particles of the same type in a region of space in which
they may be found simultaneously. Particles loose their individual identity in such
regions. Thus, the physical universe is fundamentally unified.
Mr. Walker's ideas and equations
would only be hypotheses if it weren't for the fact that they have been tested
experimentally and found to predict the results of experiments with reasonable
accuracy . The evidence meets the usual rules of proof for scientific
theory, and this makes Walker's equations legitimate scientific theory.
The non-local underlying
wave patterns beneath manifestations of matter and energy that we hold in
common with our surroundings allow us to influence reality and to obtain
information about it using the power of the mind. This underlying interconnecting
pattern is the very stuff of consciousness and manifests, not only as matter
& energy, but also as psychokinesis, precognition and other phenomenon that
are only now beginning to be recognized and embraced by some theories of modern
Whatever the subtle level
of reality underlying matter and energy, we are that (including our
consciousness). If hidden variables exist, we are the hidden variables. It
has been theorized that consciousness is an inseparable aspect of this
underlying reality. When our awareness connects with the deepest layer of reality
interconnecting everything, we may experience the level of consciousness beyond
time and form reported by many mystics. It is this non local structure that
we share with nature that
makes it possible to "attune to nature," to psychically participate
in nature, and to live in accordance with it.
What we are usually aware
of (normal waking consciousness) is a relatively superficial movement in the
order of things. Behind the things we are aware of in waking consciousness are
a vast array of less strongly linked phenomena. This latter realm is commonly
called the unconscious (and parts of it the subconscious). The unconscious is
not very accurate, since it forms a kind of ground of conscious-ness. Our
awareness can link with this ground of consciousness to gain information and to
As may be seen from the two
quotations above modern science is developing theories that are harmonious with
the Thelemic concept of the Universe. True they are using different names for
the particles and fields, but they are none the less the same.
It should be noticed in the
above that one writer talks about a particle field, while the other writes
about probability waves. These should not be confused – it is entirely likely
that these are one in the same -- much like the photon, which is alternately
thought of as a particle and a wave -- yet it is still our mundane light.
This Tachyon field is in
all likely-hood a field of Hadits -- after all Hadit is omnipresent. At any
rate this does seem to fit into the current Thelemic and Enochian theories of
that which underlies reality, and even in the worst case science is describing
a field of RA-HOOR-KHUITs. This goes a long way to explaining, in modern
scientific terms, why and how Magick works.
It is Descartes'
"All-pervasive Aether" or field of infinitely small particles that is
becoming known as the Tachyon or neutrino field by modern science.
In the Enochian theories,
the universe is filled with a virtually infinite number of 'infinitely small'
points of consciousness, these are known as the 'Monad'. These Monads are the
very stuff of which all things are made, and are in all likelyhood the
'fundimental particle' of modern science. These monads then would also be the 'unit'
particles which make up what the ancients called the aether, since at this level
they would be indistinguishable from energy. They would also form a great 'matrix'
which would fill the material universe.
Since these particles are
not only infinitely small, but are infinitely close together, any action on one
given particle would have an effect on ALL others. As was noted above; these
particles are 'points' of consciousness. This brings to mind statements made by
Hermes; The ALL is MIND (or something to that effect). If these infinitely
small particles are indeed consciousness, then it would follow that the All or
the Universe is mind. The universe would indeed be a living 'thinking' creature
in itself -- this idea is consistant with the theories of Enochian Physics.
But I think I digress. As
is pointed out above, modern physics is beginning to formulate theories that
there is an 'all-pervasive' field or structure that includes and penetrates all
things. This idea is harmonious with the ancient idea of the aether. Science
postulates that this 'field' underlies all manifestion, the two exerpts above
seem to agree on this point, as do the ideas of the aether. It seem to follow
that the 'waves' that Mr. Cornett speaks of are what 'cause' what we call
manifestation", and that these waves are caused by mind (did the universe litterally
'think' itself into existance?). These waves could also be caused by aggreates
of monads acting as a unit (the manifestation of an intelligent creature).
The possibilities are
endless, and all equally valid. So what does all this have to do with the price
of tea in China? Just this;
1. It goes a long way in
proving the Thelemic Cosmology, though we Thelemites would use different
nomenclature. The Ideas of Nuit (infinite space) and Hadit (the infinitely
small particle which fills and manifests Nuit) are beginning to be accepted by
modern physics. The conjunction of these infinites, Ra-Hoor-Khuit, any and all
events occuring within Nuit and Hadit, is therefore a 'given'.
2. It shows the mechanics
of Magick. Since it can be observed that one consciousness affects another, it
follows that one may affect the entire universe by simply 'fixing' an idea in
their consciousness. This may seem a bit over-simplified...it is! The process
is not an easy one, however, the rituals and processes that have been given us
by the ancients do begin to make some sense in the light of modern physics. It
is these ancient mechanisms that allow us to put our mundane minds into the
proper 'frame' and therefore 'excite' our consciousness, thus allowing us to have
a 'physical' effect on or enviroment.
1. S.S. Guruka Singh
Khalsa, Research Associate
Department of High
December 13, 1987
2. The Symposium on
Energy Technology in Hannover
November 27 and 28,
Topic of the
Symposium (Tachyon Field)
Dr. Hans A. Nieper
3. AMARANTH Vol. E.1.1:
An Electronic zine
by Larry Cornett 8/22/88
4. Evan Harris
Walker...Scientst and author. Worked for US Army
Labs. at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. He is the author
on several papers
and book concerning psychic and other para-normal