“Abstract Symmetries”

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Werner Heisenberg, the creator of quantum theory, argued that what was truly fundamental in nature was not the particles themselves but the symmetries that lay beyond them. These fundamental symmetries could be thought of as the archetypes of all matter and the ground of material existence. The elementary particles themselves would be simply the material realizations of these underlying symmetries.

Heisenberg argued that ultimate reality is to be found not in electrons, mesons, and protons but in something that lies beyond them, in abstract symmetries that manifest themselves in the material world and could be taken as scientific descendants of Plato’s ideal forms”¦ In addition to being constitutive and descriptive, these symmetries have an immanent and formative role that is responsible for the exterior forms of nature.”

F. David PeatSynchronicity, The Bridge Between Matter and Mind,” Bantam Books, 1987

This is one of those quotes from physicists that I love, because it expresses– from a different perspective– principles that we work with in SourcePoint. “These fundamental symmetries could be thought of as the archetypes of all matter and the ground of material existence.” Yes, indeed, we do think that way! “Fundamental symmetries” is a nice phrase. It evokes, without attempting to explain, that dimension of pattern and order and flow that we call the Blueprint. Perhaps it could be said the concept of the Blueprint is “a scientific descendant of Plato’s ideal form.” That phrase implies a beginning of a merger between science and spirituality. How fascinating to participate in the emergence of a more integrated, holistic view of the universe, where those two perspectives are not in conflict but in harmony; where exploration is not limited by fixed belief; where there is a free flow of information and energy between what have previously been experienced as opposite poles.

“…these symmetries have an immanent and formative role that is responsible for the exterior forms of nature.” Isn’t this a clear, simple description of the fundamental principle of SourcePoint: that material form, life itself, arises from the information of order, balance, harmony and flow contained in the Blueprint, the symmetries, the energetic pattern, the “something that lies beyond.”

©2010 Donna Thomson and Bob Schrei


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