The Divine Hologram?
It has been suggested by various inspired physicists that the entire mechanism supporting and maintaining our created universe may best be explained through the hologram. It is remarkable enough in this miraculous age that so many entrancing scientific theories have been expounded over the ages to explain the Creation in terms which do not include a divine presence to account for it. The basic tenets of science throughout the Twentieth Century have all recognized the intrinsic necessity for both light and motion to explain anything whatever.
Though Einstein had recognized the importance of "stimulated emissions" of light as long ago as 1917, it was not until the early 1950's that technology evolved sufficiently to allow the development of the first maser by American physicist Charles Townes and colleagues. The maser uses the microwave spectrum (or invisible light). Townes and Schawlow theorized that it may be possible to construct a similar device using optical light and, in 1960, T.H. Maiman developed the first laser.
Maser is an acronym for Microwave (or Molecular) Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation; the laser is Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Although the maser has been amazingly useful in astronomy, the laser, operating within the visible light spectrum has demonstrated a far wider application among various technologies including medicine and the entertainment media.
It was in 1948 that the holography model was first conceived by scientist David Gabor who, at the time, was trying to improve the electron microscope. The "coherent light" with which he was working was not capable of sufficient resolution to make his concept viable. It was not until the development of lasers in the early 1960's that his concept could be shown to be feasible. In 1971, he received the Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of holography. Meanwhile, two Americans, Juris Upatnieks and Emmett Leith, had been working with the continuous-wave laser beam to improve holography. Their success opened the door to many commercial applications.
Other thinkers then began developing their concepts of a holistic universe which, in the view of many mainstream scientists, satisfactorily answered many puzzling "missing links" which had been plaguing science. The quantum inhabits the world of the very tiny. It is "matter," yes, but at the very threshold of pure energy itself; that is, largely undifferentiated– more "an expectation" than a reality–essentially, the God essence itself. This is very slippery stuff for most scientists to grapple with, even a theoretical scientist.
As more and more was understood about the implications of quantum physics, a growing disquiet was being felt by some theoretical scientist because the quantum kept "springing leaks" in their theories.
British physicist David Bohm found his solution to that dilemma. He became convinced that the entire universe is a hologram. This means that any minute piece of the universe contains within it the whole. An amazing characteristic of the hologram is that if even only a small slice of the image is exposed to "discreet" light, the entire holographic image will appear and seem to hang suspended in three-dimensional space.
Bohm is the one who coined the concepts of "implicate order and explicate order," which is actually a scientific way of expressing many mystical ideas which have been with us since ancient times. The implicate order is that which is not perceptible through the ordinary sense experience. The explicate order is the space-time universe of mass and matter which is the realm of all our physical sciences. At the implicate order level, every fragment of the universe contains the whole universe enfolded within it. In effect, then, the "divine hologram" would seem to satisfy many scientific conceptual needs but certainly it will be stoutly debated before any full consensus of the scientific community may be found.
Whatever the scientific reaction, we feel most strongly that the holographic concept could offer comfortable confirmation to many who sense a strong connection with the spiritual universe.
Could the ancient authors of Genesis have had the right idea but the wrong slant on this story of human creation?–could the "image of God" refer not to any physical form of God but only to an image or idea being projected from the Divine Mind?
Could a holographic universe be the vehicle for the perfect expression of God's mind through which he maintains constant and intimate contact with the entire creation? Could this be our avenue for prayer and inspiration, with a built-in feed-back device? Why not? There must be a way through which prayers are answered, mystics are exalted, artists are inspired and all of mankind is able to feel the presence of God in their lives. Could this account for the apparently innate "connection" with the God energy that many of us feel? The obvious implications here are that we are not only divinely connected but also, just as importantly, connected to one another.
In his sensitively insightful Earth In The Balance, Vice President Al Gore writes, "It is my own belief that the image of God can be seen in every corner of creation, even in us, but only faintly. By gathering in the mind's eye all of creation, one can perceive the image of the Creator vividly. Indeed, my understanding of how God is manifest in the world can be best conveyed through the metaphor of the hologram."
The Vice President's remarks are as appropriate to the theme of this book as any we have encountered. His book is essentially centered around environmental concerns but these issues are crucial to the entire human race. We found it particularly striking that he used the hologram as a metaphor which best illustrates his own sense of connection to the eternal.
He went on to state, "If we are made in the image of God, perhaps it is the myriad slight strands from earth's web of life–woven so distinctly into our essence...that reflects the image of God, faintly. By experiencing nature in its fullest–our own and that of all creation–with our senses and with our spiritual imagination, we can glimpse, 'bright shining as the sun,' an infinite image of God."
Physicist William A. Tiller of Stanford University, one of the architects of the holographic universe concept, advanced his thesis in a paper presented at the Proceedings of the Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine in 1972, suggesting that God created the universe in the form of a divine hologram. In his paper he states, "Now, there are several things that are important to note about a hologram. One is that if you take any piece of the hologram, you may recreate the entire hologram, and it is through this that we can understand what was meant when [Edgar] Cayce said: 'Man within man is all representation of the entire universe–within an atom is a representation.' If, in fact, the hologram model of the universe is correct, then this is exactly what we should expect."
Since the quantum universe appears to be essentially a product of light itself, it is easy to see why this idea has become so attractive to many scientists. The vexing problem for science throughout has been the necessity to develop a realistic vision of how our universe could have been erected from nothing more than the light and shadows that seem to form our reality in space and time–not only the how, but the why. If the hologram can be shown to have intrinsic meaning for the cosmological model of this universe and all its mysteries, then perhaps all of science should be pursuing this idea to its fullest ramifications.
The point to be made is simply that light itself contains certain qualities that may be intentionally manipulated so as to produce the real world which we experience day by day. Thus when leading-edge scientist of today suggest that the entire created universe could be "God's Hologram," we should understand that they are not suggesting a static world but a highly involved and developing world which has its origins in the "mind" which produces the celestial hologram. We should perhaps also suggest that everything which is seen or experienced by the human mind is a "light show" in which the images appearing in our view are the result of our direct contact with the universal presence.
God's Hologram, if it does exist, must contain all the natural wonders which brighten our planet and provide significance to our lives, not merely light and shadows but all that constitutes our real world–the music of Brahms and the inspired visions of Michelangelo, all the noble concepts such as love and sacrifice, the delicacy of a snowflake and the sturdiness of an Oak, beauty and art and a concert in the park, knowledge and wisdom. This "hologram" must be seen as the reddish tints of a distant sunset, the play of light through a rainbow, a child's delighted laughter and the passion of a lover's kiss. It is all woven from a single garment and it is all racing toward some unimaginable goal. The introspections of the poet, the brilliance of scholarship and the achievements of dedicated labor–these all wear our garment, so please let us not become entranced by the mystery or made too somber by the play of life around us. It is all wonder, it is all beauty, and it is ours to do with as we will.
Admittedly this all appears to be of a far different texture than the scientific view we have heretofore presented in these pages–the leap from galaxies and solar systems straight into the mind of God Itself, but we have also been speaking of magic and miracles here, so perhaps we are not wandering too far astray. Of course, if all of planetary existence, from the microbe to the bosom of man, is a constant play of lights and shadows overlying our reality, then how far astray can we wander in our quest to present the entire realm of possibilities?
Perhaps we should leave the whole matter with another classical Greek, Pindar, poet and lyricist who, in about Five Hundred B.C., answered the question before us all in typical Greek wisdom and economy of style: "What is God? Everything."
Echoes of the Mind
The internationally acclaimed historian, Will Durant, observes in The Story of Civilization, Part I, Our Oriental Heritage, "At the very outset of recorded Egyptian history we find mathematics highly developed; the design and construction of the Pyramids involved a precision of measurement impossible without considerable mathematical lore." He credits the origin of geometry to the Egyptians' need for precise measurements of the land in respect to fluctuations in the flow of the Nile, which was their lifeblood. "Nearly all the ancients agreed in ascribing the invention of this science [geometry] to the Egyptians. Josephus, however, thought that Abraham had brought arithmetic from Chaldea (i.e. Mesopotamia) to Egypt; and it is not improbable that this and other arts came to Egypt from "Ur of the Chaldees," or some other center of western Asia."
Durant adds, "Egyptian geometry measured not only the area of squares, circles and cubes, but also the cubic content of cylinders and spheres; and it arrived at 3.16 as the value of π. We enjoy the honor of having advanced from 3.16 to 3.1416 in four thousand years."
Is it possible that the origin of geometry itself could somehow be encoded within our DNA, in much the same way as some believe the alphabet is?
If it is true that some sort of language system and mathamatic theory is intrinsic within various species of self-conscious intelligence then obviously some common denominator links all life in some discreet pattern throughout the galaxies.
The implications here are stunningly obvious. If the organization of "thought" into mathematical theory and written language involves the entire human race in a way which could not have occurred through purely local circumstances, then it must also follow that all of humanity is linked into a "life pool" with connections through the "soul mind" itself. If it is also true that minute tracings within the basic organizing substance of planetary life then account for whatever cultural distinctions may have crept into the human experience, even including the written alphabets and mathematical theory, then is it not also possible that those distinctions set us apart only because we have allowed and even encouraged it due to the combined influences of religious, cultural, economic and political differences. Could not this new realization of interconnectedness meld us all together as truly "one people" with ultimately common needs and aspirations?
Let us hope that it may, for the sake of the planet as well as ourselves.
Nobel physicist Niels Bohr of Denmark, the revered father of "quantum mechanics," cast a somewhat oblique view on this discussion when he stated several decades ago, "The eventual addition of biological concepts to quantum mechanics is a foregone conclusion." It seems that Bohr had a somewhat broader view than the one shared by many of his contemporaries in the world of science. He appears to have been seeking the realization that biology owes as much to the universe at large as to the planet itself. Dr. Richard M. Restak amplifies Bohr's words in his Receptors, "Studies of neurotransmitters and receptors reveal that events within the brain involve a chemical dialogue, a conversation in which chemicals talk to each other. This molecular cross-talk occurs at receptors, but until the advent of supercomputers, the magnitude of calculations involved in transmitter-receptor interaction precluded any further understanding. Thanks to those computers, brain scientists are now able to employ the methods and theories of quantum physics to predict the interactions between a transmitter and its receptor. From these studies come insights that will provide the stimulus for future understanding of transmitter-receptor interactions."
Long before the advent of supercomputers and holograms, another splendid thinker arrived at similar but much more dramatic conclusions. Gustaf Strömberg's The Soul of The Universe, was published in 1940 and again in 1948 with additional appendices. His book was endorsed by none other than Einstein himself but it received less than glowing praise from the scientific community per se, perhaps because the book smacked uncomfortably of mysticism done up in scientific garb. Strömberg, an American of Swedish birth, was an astronomer and astrophysicist associated with the Carnegie Institution's Mount Wilson Observatory. His stunning thesis is a prime example of genius unacknowledged in the context of its time. Perhaps it took an Albert Einstein to recognize it. Einstein's cover blurb for the jacket of the book reads, "Very few men could of their own knowledge present the material as clearly and concisely as he has succeeded in doing." In his native Sweden, Strömberg was highly respected and the flags throughout Sweden were flown at half-mast in observance of his death in 1962. Here is a brief sample of Strömberg's vision:
"Matter and life and consciousness have their "roots" in a world beyond space and time. They emerge into the physical world at certain well defined points or sources from which they expand in the form of guiding fields with space and time properties. Some of the sources can be identified with material particles, and others with the living elements responsible for organization and purposeful activity. Some of them exist in our brain as neurones, and some of them have a very intimate and special association with their ultimate origin. They are the roots of our consciousness and the sources of all our knowledge."
Earlier in his writings, Strömberg had observed,
"All our mental characteristics and faculties have their origin in the non-physical world. There lies the origin of our sensations of light and colors, and of sound and music. There is the origin of our feelings and emotions, and of our will and our thoughts. There is the source of our feelings of satisfaction and bliss, and of guilt and remorse. Our nerve cells seem to be the links which connect our physical brain with the world in which our consciousness is rooted. At death our "brain field," which during our life determined the structure and functions of our brain and nervous system, is not destroyed. Like other living fields it contracts and disappears at death, apparently falling back to the level of its origin. All our memories are indelibly "engraved" in this field, and after our death, when our mind is no longer blocked by inert matter, we can probably recall them all, even those of which we were never consciously aware during our organic life."
It is interesting to see how both the scientific and philosophical points of view today seem to be moving toward complimentary conclusions about the universe and man's place in it with much more coherence than ever noted before. Many brilliant thinkers, poets, philosophers, medical doctors, physicists and scholars are all bringing forward a sharper focus on the nature of reality. Side by side with science, we have had this quieter explosion of spiritual investigation and discovery.
Excerpt from Whispers From the Soul: The Divine Dance of Consciousness by Don and Linda Pendleton, Copyright © 2000, 2003 by Linda Pendleton.
Durant, Will. The Story of Civilization, Part 1, Our Oriental Heritage. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1935.
Gore, Al. Earth In The Balance. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1992
Restak, Richard M. Receptors. New York: Bantam, 1993, 1994.
Strömberg, Gustaf. The Soul of the Universe. Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1940, 1948.
Our Magical Universe
Don and Linda Pendleton