The Electric Universe
In the words of H.P. Blavatsky, the way in which the universe initiates and coordinates its building processes is:
"By the radiant light of the universal magnetic ocean, whose electric waves bind the cosmos together, and in their ceaseless motion penetrate every atom and molecule of the boundless creation…Alone," she says , "the study of this agent, which is the divine breath, can unlock the secrets of psychology."(Isis Unveiled, p28.)
To begin unlocking these secrets then, science will first discover the underlying electric currents that circulate throughout the whole of manifested existence. And indeed, leading plasma physicists are already revealing the lowest aspects of them through their realisation that electric currents pervade the vast, seemingly empty reaches of outer space. It was a moment of outstanding intuition that, in the 1920's, led the industrial chemist and Nobel Laureate, Irving Langmuir, to coin the term "plasma" for the electrified gases he was researching, and which proliferate in interstellar space. He noted that these gases carry ions and electrons similar to the way blood plasma carries red and white corpuscles. Both plasma in space and plasma in the blood are, in effect, electrified fluids, carrying both energy and various substances from one region to another.
Another Nobel Laureate, the plasma physicist, Hannes Alfven, remarked that in the earth's magnetosphere "there are thin, rather stable current layers which separate regions of different magnetization, density, temperature etc.…It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that similar phenomena exist also in more distant regions. This is bound to give space a general cellular structure (or more correctly, a cell-wall structure)."
As the Ageless Wisdom teachings regard Space as an entity, the discovery of electrically produced cell walls in space is highly significant. And bringing the thoughts of these two great scientists together, we have the premise that through the cellular structure of space runs an arterial flow of electricity, forming, in effect, a huge intergalactic circuit or cosmic bloodstream. In our own corner of the galaxy, the sun forms a sub-circuit within this galactic circuit, receiving and emitting a flow of charged particles that pour into and out of the polar regions of all the planets, mirroring in the macrocosm the way in which the blood cells flow through the heart to all the other organs of the body.
CELLS IN SPACE
In the words of plasma scientists Wallace Thornhill and David Talbot:
From the smallest particle to the largest galactic formation, a web of electrical circuitry connects and unifies all of nature, organising galaxies, energising stars, giving birth to planets and, on our own world, controlling weather and animating biological organisms. There are no isolated islands in an electric universe.2www.thunderbolts.info
Their contention that we live in an electric universe is based on the fact that plasma makes up ninety-nine per cent of it–plasma generally being described as an almost neutral sea of charged particles called electrons and ions that react collectively to forces exerted by electric and magnetic fields. While typically described as an ionised or electrically conductive gas, plasma is also considered to be a distinct and fundamental state of matter. Because it is often found in the form of ionised gas, it seems reasonable to speculate that this conductive medium provides an interface between the invisible, subtle realms of being and the gaseous state of matter. Through this mass of electrically charged particles, cosmic ideas in the form of galaxies, suns and planets are enabled to make the last stage of their descent from the archetypal planes into the light of day.
Birkeland Currents and Double Layers
A cosmic idea is electromagnetically transferred from etheric to gaseous levels through the plasma state, and it’s the way that electricity works in plasma that the building force of the universe can be understood. We can see the spiralling motion of the second aspect of the Trinity – Love-Wisdom in its form-building aspect that we have just considered in the phenomenon of pairs of electric currents in space, entwining around one another to form double helixes. They are known as Birkeland currents, and any matter existing betwee these pairs of electric spirals undergoes tremendous compression. Its constituent elements are mixed–not homogenously, but arranged according to their electric potentials. According to plasma cosmologists, this is to be seen occurring throughout the universe and they suggest that this is the way that chemical separation takes place in cosmic plasmas. Furthermore, it may also be the way in which suns and planets are formed. In laboratory experiments, the matter gathered within the central vortex created by electric arcing is "pinched" into zones of spherical compression, and matter within it may be subjected to a greater or lesser degree of melting. If this process takes place on cosmic levels, its role in stellar and planetary formation becomes apparent.
"As above, so below" runs the great occult maxim. And in fact, the idea of a spiralling building pattern is not new when we recall the familiar biological spirals of DNA that play an important role in the way organisms are created, informed and sustained. Science has yet to discover that behind each strand of DNA lies a spiral of electric force, and indeed, that the atom itself is constituted of spiralling electric forces that provide the interface between the physical and subjective components of all organisms. Esoteric science has always advocated that electrical force underlies all building processes in the universe.
The Electrical Alchemist.
So if we see the second ray motion of love-wisdom in its building activity on the physical level what about the building processes that take place in consciousness ie through the thoughts that we are constantly constructing, consciously and unconsciously throughout our daily lives? As far as the conscious builder of thought is concerned, the midway spot within the brain cavity is where magical work is carried out in relation to the physical plane. Here the magician employs the spiraling, cohering electrical nature of the second ray of love-wisdom to build various grades of substance into his thoughtform. Alice Bailey wrote that the scientific basis of all meditation work is really to be found in this basic but hitherto undiscovered aspect of electricity.
Putting all this together, in times to come we will have what amounts to the renaissance of alchemy in a new electric guise. Whatever name it is then generally known by, it will be the greatest of them all because of its synthesizing nature – it will literally be the science of synthesis – the manipulation of electrical force to bind together that which has been separated. For any particular form, this means an initial breaking down process and the scattering of the negative electronic lives that can no longer withstand the terrific rate of stimulation to which the inner, positive nucleus of life is being subjected. This is the radiatory phase or "transmutation in process of accomplishment". It enables the central essence of the form to escape and to gather around itself a new arrangement of electronic lives that can better withstand its new higher rate of vibration.
Alchemy became known as the spagyric art, the word ‘spagyric’ having Greek roots meaning "to separate and to join together". Evolution itself is spagyric, involving the densification and separation of spirit in matter followed by its reunification as something greater – something "more than" it was initially. This extra something we call ‘consciousness’, and it comes into being through the ever changing relationships that spirit forms with the matter it is passing through. Man studies these changing relationships through the various sciences – in their grossest form through chemistry, biology, anatomy and so forth, and in their more subtle form through psychology. However, the relationship between the gross and the subtle sciences, between the material and the immaterial aspects of man seems to have been lost, and it is this synthesising science of alchemy that can reveal it once again – curiously enough through the nature of metals.
In the forgotten high school chemistry of our youth lies the surprising fact that over seventy-five percent of the elements that make up the world are metals; more surprising by far though is the esoteric teaching that these metals contain the essence of the eventual mental, emotional and spiritual faculties of man. Beginning as emanations from the Seven Creative Hierarchies of Being (the spiritual rulers of the planets), these potencies differentiate into colours and their corresponding sounds. Sound then materialises into the spirit of the metals – the metallic Elementals – and finally into the dense physical metals themselves, whereupon the upward arc of evolution begins. From the mineral kingdom, this "harmonial and vibratory radiant essence" is taken up by plants, giving them colour and scent…from plants it passes into the animals; and finally it culminates in the 'principles' of man – the intuition, higher and lower mind, the passions and instincts, and so forth.
The reason why metals provide the key to this alchemy of synthesis is that they are full of movable electric charge – in other words, the negative electronic lives are always ready to separate and recombine in new relationships to accommodate the transmuted nature of the indwelling life. Metals are therefore always poised to interact electrically and this electric, alchemical potential of the metal is retained as its vibratory essence moves through the other kingdoms of nature and is the basis of the psychological interactions of the human being.
Even from a solely physical perspective, man is an electrical being relying on metals to communicate. The human brain consists of more than a 100 billion nerve cells each possessing around 100,000 connections. Every second, trillions of electrical signals are transmitted between neurons – that makes the Internet seem trivial in comparison. And it is the metals, sodium and potassium, acting like batteries or pumps, that regulate the electrical energy balance in every cell membrane. Everything we see, feel, imagine or remember, expresses itself through a world of electrical signals, all relayed and communicated to and from the central consciousness in the brain through the ionic bonds formed by electrostatic attraction between these metals.
White magic is carried out in the "vital airs" of the brain cavity, and a percentage of these fiery pranic currents are automatically precipitated into the body as electrical force, bringing about physical and psychological transmutation. Ancient esoteric teachings call someone who is anchoring and spinning the first tenuous threads of the antahkarana – the bridge between lower and higher mind – "A Weaver in fohatic enterprise," ‘Fohat’ being a Sanskrit term for the subtlest fiery energy of creation – ‘the essence of cosmic electricity’.
As this bridge of communication is established and energy pours down from spiritual levels, the higher and lower aspects of mind are fused into a creative focal point at the centre of an intense magnetic field. It is at this stage that the work of the electrical alchemist comes into play, and the tools of his trade are symbols. A higher psychometric power is employed whereby the mind, acting like an electromagnet, combines the ability to attract and repel in such a way that the potencies lying behind a symbol can be intelligently evoked. The symbol then comes alive with colour, sound and motion, its fiery essence blending with the atomic fires of the lower three planes, awakening into activity certain deva lives; specific potencies stream outwards, that not only have a transmuting effect on human consciousness, but an alchemising effect on the elemental substance in which human consciousness habitually functions.
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