Lars Skredsvig (Norwegian, 1854-1924)
Oil on canvas
The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt, 1632. During the European Renaissance, the ban on examining human corpses was slowly and irregularly lifted. Doctors were of course excited. But so were artists. They wanted to know organs’ placements and muscles’ workings to paint more lifelike subjects.
This Is Your Brain
University of California researchers have created a system that shows how the brain works in real time, allowing users to navigate right inside their own heads and see their neuronal activity firing in 3D.
Each color represents source power and connectivity in a different frequency band (theta, alpha, beta, gamma) and the golden lines are white matter anatomical fiber tracts. Estimated information transfer between brain regions is visualized as pulses of light flowing along the fiber tracts connecting the regions.
hex: Saturn’s north pole, photographed by Cassini, 3rd April 2014.
The hexagon is an atmospheric vortex, the shape apparently created by interaction of winds circling the pole at different speeds. Each side of the hexagon is about 13,800km long, wider than Earth.
10 images taken over about a quarter of a Saturnian day, which is about 10 hours and 40 minutes long.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/SSI. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.
According to Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, black holes are uninhabitable chasms of space-time that end in a “singularity,” or a mass of infinite density. It’s a place so bleak that even the laws of physics break down there. But what if black holes aren’t so forbidding? What…
In what could prove to be a major breakthrough in quantum memory storage and information processing, German researchers have frozen the fastest thing in the universe: light. And they did so for a record-breaking one minute….
Much has been written about the energy of living things, but there is little scientific evidence. The energy field surrounding living things is difficult or impossible to measure using current scientific techniques. However, science and spirituality are on a convergent course. Eventually, we will have instruments that can reflect an individual’s state of balance. When we turn the corner from science, we must consider the universal characteristics of energy. Quantum physics states that energy and matter are interchangeable and the String Theory suggests that differences in physical matter are simply variations in energy vibrations. In a similar fashion, each human is composed the divine energy of the Soul in the form of body, thought, and spirit. Energy does not emanate or reflect from a person, the energy is the person, the core. This understanding is fundamental to maintaining your energy field and body in harmony. Since the body is a manifestation of human energy, dis-harmony in the energy field will cause dis -ease in the body. If the human energy field is out of balance, the body will be out of balance.
The Personality – composed of the high self, conscious self, and basic self
The Basic Self is part of the subconscious that controls the memory and body functions. The body has its own natural intelligence, but we can put other information into that intelligence. The Basic Self is your life-force and must take care of the body’s fundamental needs. Here you find a person’s beliefs. It is our survival instinct and provides energy according to how we structure our beliefs and make our choices. It is loyal though non-creative and contains our family patterns, social norms and mores, an archetypal pattern of our destiny, our inner child, the seat of body intelligence, and the will to survive. Its job is to maintain the status quo. In other words, the Basic Self has assimilated the beliefs developed through our life span and believes we will die if we change them. The reality of the Basic Self is habit and its self-will fights changes in habit. It will, however, respond to our authority and yield to any transformation that facilitates the actualization of our destiny if it knows what to do. Basic Self is under the authority of Conscious Self and can lie to you if your consciousness doesn’t want to know the truth. Many people have more than one Basic Self – such as male-female, play-persistent, young-old – which give different perspectives. A person who wants to control people has split off their higher consciousness to put their Basic Self in control.
The Conscious Self is our waking life and creates new awareness. It is creative and innocent until a choice is placed into action. Its function is to be the vanguard of new experience and here we make choices and gain skill. As we grow in awareness and spiritual illumination, we extend the Conscious Self and become increasingly able to live in the awareness of the High Self and be conscious of the dynamics of the Basic Self. It mediates all three selves.
Another part of the unconscious is the High Self. It relates like a guardian angel, colleague, and counselor. It is not soul, but soul-like. High Self can’t work when there is low self-esteem. In our personality, the High Self is a spiritual consciousness that is our higher nature. From a practical standpoint, it can function as our guides, soul, and connection to God. It is the energy of life and form and is creative and non-inflictive. The High Self exists as a spiritual form in our personal consciousness which is always in contact with Spirit. When I use the word Spirit, it is the Holy Spirit and refers to forces beyond our personal domain. The High Self is within our personal domain and as a spiritual expression it follows the same procedures as any spiritual agent in that it responds to requests. It guides us in our destiny. You might say it is an agent of our soul. It works closely with the Conscious Self and Basic Self. As the guardian angel, it links us with our soul, the universe, and the High Self of others. Because the High Self exists in a spiritual dimension, it cannot violate anyone or anything. Even if the High Self has better wisdom, it will not supersede our conscious choice unless we ask it to.
The Soul is your essential divine nature plus experience. Soul is a coherent, intentional system, fulfilling its nature. It is God individualized as you and carries your real ideals and commitments, and gives character to your conscience. This divine energy is formless, timeless, and eternal.
“There are grounds for cautious optimism that we may now be
near the end of the search for the ultimate laws of nature.”
- Stephen W. Hawking
Aura is a traditional term for the protective psychic and spiritual energy fields that surround and penetrate the physical body. Historically, artists depict halos around the heads of individuals to denote their spirituality. Biblically, writers refer to the raiment or countenance of light in an attempt to describe the field of spiritual energy around angels, men, and women. It is from this invisible atmosphere that we receive our first impression of people. We use common-sense terms such as blue mood , red with anger, green with envy, full of energy, or radiant beauty. Such terms are similar to how individuals with spiritual sight describe the aura. From this intuitive nature, we form impressions and experience emotions and feelings regarding them and ourselves. Quantum physics describes the universe as energy. Psychology, Eastern therapy, and complementary medicine have terms for life as energy. Yoga psychology views the aura as an energy field surrounding the body, interacting through spiritual and psychological levels via structures called chakras. So we may conclude that the aura is an energy field that surrounds the physical body. It encircles each of us as the sun’s rays encircle the sun or the halo that surrounds the moon. The appearance of the aura, whether attractive or repulsive, depends on one’s physical health, mental attitudes, and spiritual development. The human aura is a dynamic matrix that includes the physical, emotional, and mental-spiritual aspects of self. The aura is the self as energy. All the contributing factors in our daily life register in our aura as colors, lines, dots, emanations, and vibrations. Every one of us is different, and our hidden selves are expressed through the aura. Those individuals who live on a strictly physical, mental, and material level have an entirely different emanation than those individuals who are intellectual and spiritual.