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The Electromagnetic Spectrum
I posted this here because the EM spectrum has much to do with the nature of reality.
Just so you know! Now onto the real stuff:
What is the Electromagnetic Spectrum exactly? Wikipedia sums it up perfectly: "The electromagnetic spectrum
is the range of all possible frequencies of electromagnetic radiation. The "electromagnetic spectrum" of an object is the characteristic distribution of electromagnetic radiation emitted or absorbed by that particular object."
Radiation is not "good" or "bad", it just is. When one goes deeper into how radiation affects this reality, it can been seen everywhere. It affects everything.
Whether it be light (of all kinds, not just visible), sound, radiation from nuclear bombs and microwave ovens, perhaps even smell, it is everywhere and pervades everything in the universe.
In a book known as the Kybalion, possibly written by a number of people, under the pseudonym of "The Three Initiates", and also supposedly based off of Hermetic Philosophy, has a Principle known as the Principle of Vibration. This is a brief explanation from the Kybalion, page 12:
III. THE PRINCIPLE OF VIBRATION.
"Nothing rests; everything moves; everything vibrates." — The Kybalion.
This Principle embodies the truth that "everything is in motion";
"everything vibrates"; "nothing is at rest"; facts which Modern Science
endorses, and which each new scientific discovery tends to verify. And
yet this Hermetic Principle was enunciated thousands of years ago, by
the Masters of Ancient Egypt. This Principle explains that the differences
between different manifestations of Matter, Energy, Mind, and even
Spirit, result largely from varying rates of Vibration. From THE ALL,
which is Pure Spirit, down to the grossest form of Matter, all is in
vibration — the higher the vibration, the higher the position in the scale.
The vibration of Spirit is at such an infinite rate of intensity and rapidity
that it is practically at rest — just as a rapidly moving wheel seems to be
motionless. And at the other end of the scale, there are gross forms of
matter whose vibrations are so low as to seem at rest. Between these
poles, there are millions upon millions of varying degrees of vibration.
From corpuscle and electron, atom and molecule, to worlds and
universes, everything is in vibratory motion. This is also true on the
planes of energy and force (which are but varying degrees of vibration);
and also on the mental planes (whose states depend upon vibrations);
and even on to the spiritual planes. An understanding of this Principle,
with the appropriate formulas, enables Hermetic students to control their
own mental vibrations as well as those of others. The Masters also apply
this Principle to the conquering of Natural phenomena, in various ways.
"He who understands the Principle of Vibration, has grasped the sceptre
of Power," says one of the old writers.
Two other principles in this book which also relate to the topic at hand are the Principle of Polarity and Principle of Rhythm. If we look at a sine wave, these two principles, plus the Principle of Vibration have weight:
A sine wave has Polarity and Rhythm. There are two poles, which will be called positive and negative. The negative pole is below the base line of the above graph and vice-versa. It also has rhythm, repeating at intervals, endlessly. The mathematical field under which this is classed is known Calculus or more generally geometry.
The Kybalion also has a larger section which deals with explains with an example of what would happen when vibration is increased.
Scientists have offered the illustration of a rapidly moving wheel, top,
or cylinder, to show the effects of increasing rates of vibration. The
illustration supposes a wheel, top, or revolving cylinder, running at a low
rate of speed — we will call this revolving thing "the object" in following
out the illustration. Let us suppose the object moving slowly. It may be
seen readily, but no sound of its movement reaches the ear. The speed is
gradually increased. In a few moments its movement becomes so rapid
that a deep growl or low note may be heard. Then as the rate is increased
the note rises one in the musical scale. Then, the motion being still
further increased, the next highest note is distinguished. Then, one after
another, all the notes of the musical scale appear, rising higher and
higher as the motion is increased. Finally when the motions have
reached a certain rate the final note perceptible to human ears is reached
and the shrill, piercing shriek dies away, and silence follows. No sound is
heard from the revolving object, the rate of motion being so high that the
human ear cannot register the vibrations. Then comes the perception of
rising degrees of Heat. Then after quite a time the eye catches a glimpse
of the object becoming a dull dark reddish color. As the rate increases,
the red becomes brighter. Then as the speed is increased, the red melts
into an orange. Then the orange melts into a yellow. Then follow,
successively, the shades of green, blue, indigo, and finally violet, as the
rate of speed increases. Then the violet shades away, and all color
disappears, the human eye not being able to register them. But there are
invisible rays emanating from the revolving object, the rays that are used
in photographing, and other subtle rays of light. Then begin to manifest
the peculiar rays known as the "X Rays," etc., as the constitution of the
object changes. Electricity and Magnetism are emitted when tile
appropriate rate of vibration is attained.
When the object reaches a certain rate of vibration its molecules
disintegrate, and resolve themselves into the original elements or atoms.
Then the atoms, following the Principle of Vibration, are separated into
the countless corpuscles of which they are composed. And finally, even
the corpuscles disappear and the object may be said to be composed of
The Ethereal Substance. Science does not dare to follow the illustration
further, but the Hermetists teach that if the vibrations be continually
increased the object would mount up the successive states of
manifestation and would in turn manifest the various mental stages, and
then on Spiritward, until it would finally re-enter THE ALL, which is
Absolute Spirit. The "object," however, would have ceased to be an
"object" long before the stage of Ethereal Substance was reached, but
otherwise the illustration is correct inasmuch as it shows the effect of
constantly increased rates and modes of vibration. It must be
remembered, in the above illustration, that at the stages at which the
"object" throws off vibrations of light, heat, etc., it is not actually
"resolved" into those forms of energy (which are much higher in the
scale), but simply that it reaches a degree of vibration in which those
forms of energy are liberated, in a degree, from the confining influences
of its molecules, atoms and corpuscles, as the case may be. These forms
of energy, although much higher in the scale than matter, are
imprisoned and confined in the material combinations, by reason of the
energies manifesting through, and using material forms, but thus
becoming entangled and confined in their creations of material forms,
which, to an extent, is true of all creations, the creating force becoming
involved in its creation.
Electromagnetic Radiation can be seen though three Principles: Polarity, Rhythm and Vibration. In fact, these three can all mesh together with the other four Principles the Kybalion lays out, but that is a much wider subject than what is being explained here. The reason, you may be wondering, I use the Kybalion for this topic, is because it explains it so well. The logic is simple and complex at the same time, depending on the subject at hand.
The Kybalion, page 66:
Science teaches that Light, Heat, Magnetism and Electricity are but forms of vibratory motion connected in some way with, and probably emanating from the Ether. Science does not as yet attempt to explain the nature of the phenomena known as Cohesion, which is the principle of Molecular Attraction; nor Chemical Affinity, which is the principle of Atomic Attraction; nor Gravitation (the greatest mystery of the three), which is the principle of attraction by which every particle or mass of Matter is bound to every other particle or mass.
These forces are all connected...
Science touches upon knowledge that was known by the ancients. The knowledge was *lost* but science is merely rediscovering the knowledge.
I hope this simplifies this subject so that is easier to connect with the nature of reality.
The Kybalion is a resource on matters such as these.
Get the book here: http://kybalion.org/
Also, here is a chart on the Electromagnetic Spectrum:
Last edited by valmar; 16-06-2012 at 03:09 PM.