NOVEMBER 28, 2008
GREETINGS DEAR FRIENDS
We are fast approaching the winter solstice and we're very excited about an event that we are a part of. It is a solstice celebration in Waterloo organized by 'Holly Oak/Opening Way', featuring a dance with The Bhadra Collective. The musical theme is a celebration of 'the Sacred and the Profane'. Holding up the profane side of things will be my alter-ego band, 'Blues Evolution'. There will be many other delightful things happening that night - check out the details below.
This newsletter features the fifth and last in a series of articles on The Physics of Mysticism, exploring the parallels between what the ancient mystics and modern scientists are telling us about the nature of our universe. In this issue we'll look at what the mystics and scientists tell us about conciousness and the usefulness of the scientific method.
If you'd like to access past newsletters containing the ongoing articles on the Physics of Mysticism, Magic, the Power of Mantra and other topics, please visit the 'newsletter' page of my website, whyislife.com
Peace and love, Dennis.
THE PHYSICS OF MYSTICISM (Part 5)
by Dennis Gaumond
- CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD - Modern physics seems to have separated into two branches, one of which
continues to search for that elusive particle, the singular basic irreducible
element of the universe. The other branch of physics that includes Geoffrey
Chew and David Bohm, feels that it is somewhat futile to try to know reality by
looking for such a particle. For them, no aspect of reality is fundamental to
the whole. None of the characteristics of any particular part of the web can
speak for the entire web. All the parts are interrelated and mutually
dependent. The web of reality consists of a collection of relationships. There
are no fundamental laws.
With this branch of physics there is a strong
implication that reality is dependent upon our collective consciousness.
Physicist Eugene Wigner says,
not possible to formulate the laws of quantum theory in a fully consistent way
without reference to consciousness."
Fritjof Capra says,
have come to see that all their theories of natural phenomena, including the
'laws' they describe, are creations of the human mind"
Gary Zucav says,
is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we
believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we
look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. What we think depends
upon what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we
believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our
Statements like these bear an unmistakable resemblance
to mystical thought, which contends that consciousness actually is
reality. As Capra points out, if we have individual consciousness or
intelligence and we are part of the whole, then the whole must also have
intelligence. If this is so, then like consciousness, reality is subject to
change, to growth. Science has always assumed a 'symmetry' of nature - that the
laws of nature, whatever they are, have always been the same and will always be
the same. Perhaps we can't make that assumption. Perhaps reality evolves as the
collective intelligence evolves.
The other branch of physics has
decided to set these concerns aside and to continue to search for the basic,
irreducible building blocks of the universe. This branch has given birth to
string theory. It is interesting to note that many of the concepts of string
theory also bear a strong resemblance to things that are said by mystics. String
theory concepts - fundamental vibrating loops of energy - the idea that
everything, every aspect of reality is a manifestation of a certain pattern of
vibration - the idea of multiple dimensions - the concept of a 'multiverse';
these notions would all have a familiar ring to a mystic.
It is also interesting to note that both branches of
physics seem to have arrived at a type of impasse regarding the continued usefulness
of the scientific method. String theory has yet to find a way to
experimentally test its mathematically elegant contentions. Although some of
this is due to inadequate technology, many feel that much of it is virtually
un-testable. Some physicists feel that string theory is outside the world of
science, belonging to the world of philosophy. Those that are more interested
in exploring consciousness will also find that scientific experimentation, in
the traditional sense, will be of limited use. Is science on the verge of
admitting that empirical observation is incapable of showing us reality? If so,
then we are definitely agreeing with the mystics.
"When science begins the study of non-physical
it will make more progress in one decade than in all
the previous centuries of its existence."
- Nikola Tesla
The Bhadra Collective in WaterlooSaturday, December 20
Listen to audio-samples from the cd,
'Soon Come Shekinah' at
HOLLY OAK & the OPENING WAY STUDIO present
Winter Solstice Celebration
SATURDAY, DEC. 20TH, 7 - 12PM
and join us in an all ages, cross-cultural, multidimensional sound, rhythm, and
soul journey - celebrating the emergence out of our foray
in darkness and the return of light.
Experience the beauty, abundance and diversity of our community
6-7PM - at the Opening Way Studio, 24 Regina St. N., Waterloo
Pipe Ceremony and welcoming prayer with
ROLAND GREY CLOUD
7-12PM - at
the Waterloo Community Arts Center aka The Button Factory, 25 Regina St. N., Waterloo
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF THE SACRED AND THE PROFANE
- Acoustic Guitar Meditation Music with STEVE HOLST
- A Celebration of
our Journey through Darkness with 'BLUES EVOLUTION'
- Dennis Gaumond - guitar, dobro, harmonica and vocals
- Jesse Turton - bass
- Dom DiNino - drums
- Nick Barkley - Keys
- Drum circle meditation for unity with DALE MARCELL, NII ADDICO and friends
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE - MESSAGE FOR
LORI WILSON and the channeled wisdom of GRANDMOTHER- Dance to the music of 'DENNIS GAUMOND AND THE BHADRA COLLECTIVE'
- chants/dance/trance - _______________________________________________________________
- Available on site for the evening...a variety of readers
for those special messages or direction you are wishing to have
chocolate and a fine selection of paper bead jewelry.
- Solstice give-aways will be drawn on a regular basis throughout
Children 12 & under no charge. Ask us about family, student prices, &
TO REGISTER OR FOR
MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Holly Oak 519-725-2681 or
Advance tickets are available online at ticketweb.ca
This event raises funds for the Opening Way Studio and the family from Uganda making the paper bead jewelry.
will also gladly accept food donations for the food bank to assist those in our
community who will have difficulty with obtaining food during the holidays.
|GUELPH CHANT CLUB
DATE CITY VENUE ______________________________________________________________________
WED., DEC. 3/08 Guelph, Unitarian Church
7:45 to 9:30 pm Ontaro
The Unitarian Church is on the corner of
Harris and York Streets in Guelph.
For more Detailed directions, check out guelph-unitarians.com
|On Sunday, December 7th, I will be appearing at the following event to play a set of acoustic music and to read from my book, 'Why Is Life?'. I am on at 11:15 AM.
Literary Works and Musical Interludes
at the Fergus Grand Theatre
244 St. Andrew St. W.
Admission is free - we are accepting donations to the local food bank.
and signings of books & cds
9:30 a.m. - 5:00
Message by Steve Thorning
Interlude: Lindsay & Richard Burnett (?)
Author Reading and Questions (Barrie) (?)
Musical Interlude: LETA 10:15-10:45
and Questions (Donna) 10:50-11:10
Musical Interlude: Dennis Gaumond 11:15-11:40
and Questions (Dennis) 11:45-12:05
Musical Interlude: Lindsay & Richard Burnett 12:10-12:40
and Questions (Russ) 12:45-1:05
Musical Interlude: Nonie Crete
and Questions (Glori) 1:45-2:05
Musical Interlude: Don Beals & Rob Morris
Author Reading and Questions (Ray) 2:45-3:10
Author Reading and Questions (Don) 3:15-3:35
Musical Interlude: LETA
Author Reading and Questions (Barrie)
Musical Interlude: Don Beals &/or Rob Morris (?) 4:30-5:05