We have been celebrating non-dualism and “oneing” and love as the mystics and activists define it and live it. Today’s science is an ally in moving beyond dualism.
Our universe is flooded with light, and light is far more prevalent in the universe than is matter.
Astrophysicist Arne Wyller, citing Nobel Prize–winner Ilya Prigogine, puts it this way: A flood of light dominates our Universe today and …matter is numerically insignificant among the stuff of the universe. For every particle of matter there are 1 billion particles of light.
Matter is just a minor pollutant in a universe made of light. Perhaps there is more to the phenomenon of light than meets the eye of the physicist. At the moment of almost ultimate compression, the light of the whole Universe was able to fit into a volume much smaller than the point of a needle.
Light is not just up in the sky. It is on our kitchen table. Thanks to photosynthesis, it seems that the very food we eat is light.
Farmer and poet Wendel Berry says that eating is more than a merely sensory or appetitive stimulation, but the last act of an agricultural drama.
It is more than that. It is a last act in a cosmological drama to which humans are very late on the scene. It seems that “this is my body, this is my blood,” are words baked into the history of the universe. At least that is how poet William Carlos Williams sees it:
There is nothing to eat,
seek it where you will,
But the body of the Lord.
The blessed plants
and the sea, yield it
to the imagination
The poet Rilke concurs:
All this universe, to the furthest stars
And beyond them, is our flesh, your fruit.
What more is today’s science teaching us about light in our lives and light in our food and stomachs? That light and matter are the same entities. Light and matter are ultimately interchangeable.
“There is no ultimate physical substance to matter.”
“Matter is frozen light.” (David Bohm)
“Matter is nothing but gravitationally trapped light.”
If matter and light are “interchangeable,” then dualism understood as spirit vs. matter is dead. For light is the most common synonym for Divinity found around the world. To be continued.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 77f, 80, 50.
And Fox, “Light,” in One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths, pp. 50-79.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
What does it mean to you to hear that matter and spirit are not antagonistic but both are light?
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics
One River, Many Wells: Wisdom Springing from Global Faiths
Matthew Fox calls on all the world traditions for their wisdom and their inspiration in a work that is far more than a list of theological position papers but a new way to pray—to meditate in a global spiritual context on the wisdom all our traditions share. Fox chooses 18 themes that are foundational to any spirituality and demonstrates how all the world spiritual traditions offer wisdom about each.“Reading One River, Many Wells is like entering the rich silence of a masterfully directed retreat. As you read this text, you reflect, you pray, you embrace Divinity. Truly no words can fully express my respect and awe for this magnificent contribution to contemporary spirituality.” –Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit