Characteristics of Energy
The subject of vibrations characterizing energy is of interest not only because it is in accord with the traditional teachings of the mystery schools, but it leads naturally into our next topic. Every type of energy is characterized by three qualities: an essential vibratory rate, an intensity, and a quantity of work potentially contained within the energy source.
As objectified by modern science and transmitted by the ancient esoteric schools, the quality or intrinsic vibratory rate of each type of energy is related to the form of its manifestation. The ancient traditions have stated that nothing rests, everything moves, everything vibrates. Motion is manifest in everything in the universe. All differences in essence and appearance are the result of differing rates of vibration. Physical, vital and cosmic energies differ only in mode of vibration. The master Heraclitus wrote in the 6th B.C., “All death is birth into a new form, all birth is death of a previous form. Nothing is stationary, everything is constantly changing, in motion becoming something else”.
The ancient esoteric schools provided extensive teachings upon the nature of vibration. While much of this knowledge has been independently verified by modern physics, some of the ancient tenets are still unknown to science. For example, the ancient occidental philosophies taught “… that the number nine was the most important number in the mathematical scheme underlying the creation and maintenance of the universe. The number nine bears relationship to the geometrical plan whereby the triad is the basis of all creation and the octave is the mode of manifestation, whether upon the earth or higher planes”.
The ancients taught that the primitive energy responsible for all manifestations in the universe was Being. Depending upon the knowledge source, Being was given other names and often times divided into animating particles or waves and material particles and waves. Common names for the animating energy substrate are prana of the Hindus or the vital life force of the Rosicrucians; common names for the material energy substrate are the spirit energy of the Rosicrucians or the prima materia of the alchemists; common names for Being are the ethernokrilno of Gurdjieff, the Nous of the Rosicrucians, the aperion of the pre-Socratic philosopher, Anaximander of Miletus (610 – 545 BC) or the hyle of Aristotle (384 – 322 BC). All of these energies are vibratory in essence and expression.
The nature of the vibrations of this primordial energy is such that it is composed of waves of either odd or even frequencies. While these waves are not always directly observable, they are always responsible for the polarized forces and particles seen in our lives. These waves of the ancients are conceptually similar to the probability, or matter waves, of Louis de Broglie (1892 – 1987). It is interesting that the foundations of quantum mechanics, especially as portrayed in the wave mechanics of Erwin Schrodinger (1887 – 1961), are closely related to the ancient descriptions of nature, i.e.,
NOTE: The wave function will not reproduce herein so you will need to look it up.
where Up (x,y,z) is the potential energy function for a particle of mass m in space, Q(x,y,z,t) is the wave equation explaining the dynamics of the particle in space and time.
The wave function of quantum mechanics is particularly interesting since it is time-invariant, that is, once its properties have been defined for one set of dimensional coordinates, its behavior in the past and in the future is specified. The wave function for a particle remains non-observable until an act of measurement occurs which collapses it, so to speak, bringing it into the realm of objectivity. In quantum mechanics, the wave function is the equivalent of Newton’s second law for classical mechanics.
Later we shall discuss the subject of dimensions, or the limiting or determining constraints placed upon existence, that the wave equation exists in the dimension of eternity. Consequently, included within each wave equation are the full potential possibilities for manifestation of the particle in space and time. The act of measurement represents the actualization in time and space of only one of the quasi-infinite possibilities existing in potentia prior to the act of measurement. The wave function collapses, temporarily, at the moment of measurement, only to arise again, like the phoenix from its fire.