What is the meaning of life? Does this question bother you? Do you feel you don’t belong here? I want to share some scientific and philosophical discoveries that changed my belief system.
They’ve put me in a new direction, a loving, peaceful, and exciting new path. By no means I’m preaching an absolute truth; it’s just food for thought. I hope you enjoy it.
The trigger for an internal revolution happened when I heard about the double-slit experiment. Yes, Quantum Physics changed my life!
It demonstrates that everything in the universe is wave and matter simultaneously. In other words, everything is energy. That’s right, the universe’s building blocks are waves, and everything is vibrating.
This was a hard nut to crack. I was a very rational person; I didn’t like anything spiritual. I couldn’t help but remember expressions like, “Positive vibes!”
Right after, I got to know the Higgs Field. This energy field permeates everything in the universe; Everything emerges from it but is still in it. The maxim: “We are one!” echoed in my mind; I was shocked.
Science and Philosophy
I wondered why these discoveries didn’t hit the media or our schools. The double-slit experiment was first performed in 1801, more than 200 years ago!
In the 17th century, the physicist and philosopher René Descartes proposed to separate science from the philosophical quest to explain our existence. By that time, it didn’t happen, but in the early 20th century, quantum physicists have adhered to this proposal.
For this reason, one of the greatest physicists of all time said:
Science advances one funeral at a time.Max Planck
Planck wants to say that the quantum world would have changed our political, economic, and social paradigms if not separated from philosophy. That’s why scientists decided only to study the practical application of the theory.
At this point, I had to admit that the philosophers and mystics are more capable of answering my central question: What’s the meaning of life?
I started studying philosophy to ease the learning curve because mysticism would be too hard for me to digest. And nothing better than to start the research knowing what the word philosophy means.
I learned that the term philosophy was probably coined by Pythagoras. Pythagoras who?
Pythagoras was a greek sage and left a magnificent legacy for philosophy and mathematics. I think we all studied the Pythagorean Theorem in school, do you remember?
But what probably none of us know is that the numbers had a meaning for Pythagoras. Every number has a sacred, symbolic meaning and is associated with a particular geometric representation.
This field of study is what we call sacred geometry. In ancient times geometry and mathematics were the same things.
Since mathematics is the language of the universe, the geometry must be a graphic description of it. Unlike mathematics, which is abstract, geometry has shape, length, and depth.
Numbers are the highest degree of knowledge; it is knowledge itself.Plato
Sacred geometry looks for common patterns in nature that can be expressed mathematically.
The more technology advances, the more we can see these same patterns in galaxies and microscopic particles such as DNA.
Studying the universe’s geometry invariably leads us to the question: Does it happen by chance, or is there an intelligence behind it?
No man is wise except God.Pythagoras
Pythagoras and all the great thinkers of antiquity seem to have the answer.
At that stage, I needed to surrender entirely to the existence of a Supreme Mind. The next logical step was to understand what God is and how it affects my life.
Once again, in ancient Greece, I made significant progress in understanding the meaning of life.
Plato developed a critical theory called the “Theory of Ideas.” Briefly, he says: that everything that manifests in the material plane comes from the mental plane.
The most famous example is a chair. Before it is built (exists on the material plane), it has to be idealized in its creator’s mind (mental plane).
Plato’s theory leaves several hints that the creator’s mind is God. Few scholars consider that he would be sentenced to death just like his master Socrates if he said it.
Misinterpretations apart, Plato’s theory demonstrates that everything in the universe comes from the mind of God.
Plato called these Mental Creations: archetypes. Archetypes are God’s first emanation, the perfection of everything.
Therefore, the best chair we could ever build is imperfect and could only be thought of by a human through the design of God’s perfect chair: the archetype of the chair.
Therefore, for everything that exists here, there is a corresponding archetype: the archetype of the soccer player, the businessman, the table, the eagle, the tree, the star, and so on.
Although it’s not a well-spread knowledge, its applications affect everyone’s lives, and you will soon understand why.
Symbols to Give a Meaning to Life
In Joseph Campbell’s exceptional work, “The Masks of God,” he demonstrates that humans have always used symbols to induce specific feelings and behaviors in people.
One example of a symbol that has been used for personal development is the Mandala.
The word Mandala comes from Sanskrit and means circle. Tibetan and Buddhist monks, for example, use different Mandalas to reach higher states of meditation and connect with higher energies.
We can also use symbols to sell ideas and products, and Nazis used the Swastika to sell a concept to the mass.
Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays, in the 1920s, demonstrated that the use of archetypes and symbols is incredibly effective in increasing the sales of a product.
And from then on, marketing, advertising, and the entertainment industry invested millions of dollars in this area.
Symbols are more real than the thing they symbolize; the signifier precedes and determines the signified.Lévi-Strauss
Symbols & Neuroscience
The neuroscientist, Dr. Eric Nestler, proved that when we are continuously exposed to a specific visual stimulus, it causes a change in our brain architecture and chemistry.
This is why advertisers know that consumers need to see an ad at least 6 times to unconsciously behave according to its goals.
That’s right; looking at an image causes the human brain to produce neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemical components manufactured by neurons to inhibit or stimulate other nerve cells. These substances cause emotions, feelings, and behavior.
Therefore, we can create whatever emotion we want in ourselves or others by stimulating neurotransmitters’ creation. The possibilities are endless when you know the chemistry of emotions.
This understanding is critical for those who want to control their lives. Ignorance on this topic leaves us prone to be easily manipulated.
A New Era
The knowledge of these scientific and philosophical discoveries opens up a massive opportunity to create a more fair and advanced society.
After this research and concepts, I have an answer to my most significant question. The meaning of life is life itself! As my mentor says, we came here to study, work, and help others. Just because these are the pillars of personal growth, it’s how we evolve together with the Source Energy.
Everything in the Universe evolves continuously; nothing is static. And as we have seen, knowledge is power, but only if it’s put into practice.
After this understanding, the logical question is: who am I? This is where Alchemy is helping me to understand and can help you too. Contact me if you want to learn more.
Let the magic happen!
Special thanks to my mentors, Hélio Couto and Stefano Gradi.