Saturday, March 1, 2008

The God Particle

I love the idea of a God particle, don't you? Leave it to scientists to think that God can be discovered in a wisp of colliding widgets. National Geographic covered this hunt, "At the Heart of All Matter" in its recent issue. The informative article highlighted the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) currently being built on the borders of France and Switzerland, very close to Geneva, which consists mainly of a gigantic tunnel.

The photos of this colossal structure almost defies description, but researchers from 50 countries are quite excited to get this particle splitter up and running by year's end in order to produce the elusive Higgs boson, nicknamed the God particle. Why is this teeny particle important? Because many scientists speculate that it would prove the existence of the Higgs field, believed to pervade all space. This is the mysterious place that many believe "imbues fundamental particles with mass" and may explain what dark matter and dark energy are all about.

The article succinctly delineated the main subatomic particle experiment that so far has cost billions to produce, although no one has yet tallied the total cost:
"Starting sometime in the coming months, two beams of particles will race in opposite directions around the tunnel, which forms an underground ring 17 miles in circumference. The particles will be guided by more than a thousand cylindrical, supercooled magnets, linked like sausages. At four locations the beams will converge, sending the particles crashing into each other at nearly the speed of light. If all goes right, matter will be transformed by the violent collisions into wads of energy, which will in turn condense back into various intriguing types of particles, some of them never seen before."
OK, some don't like the nickname God particle and want the matter dropped. I thought, not so fast, maybe there's something to this God particle thing. After all, if this expensive, multinational experiment is going to uncover particles never before seen, maybe God will indeed be involved. He has been know to be kind of mischievous over the eons. Just look at some of his emissaries. Take Albert Einstein for example, since we're talking about non-Newtonian physics. What's with that hair? Maybe it's symbolic of what is to occur in the Large Hadron Collider. . .

Now back to the more serious: the fact that, for the most part, the LDC is in France did catch my eye. One of the Tibetan Masters predicted years ago that France would play an important role in the next revelations to come. I located the predictive passage in Problems of Humanity by A. A. Bailey and include it here:
"Can France emerge from this time of trial [WW II] purified and able to demonstrate a new capacity to think in terms of unselfish international relations and not solely in terms of the material civilization which she demonstrated so wonderfully for so many centuries? She can and eventually she will. Her brilliant intellect (when turned to the study of the things of the spirit) can outstrip the researchings of lesser minds; that clear perception and ability to convey thoughts in concise and crystal clear terms will be utilized to bring home to many the eternal verities [truths.] When France finds her spiritual soul and not just her intellectual soul, she will prove to be the medium through which will come revelation as to the soul of man" (p. 17.)
The paragraph goes on to say that this advancement will be achieved through the transformative power of fire, which in esoteric studies is code for intense light and energy. What could better describe the experiments that are set to occur in the tunnels below France than the production of great heat and light and energy--even if on a tiny, subatomic scale? By naming the Higgs boson the God Particle, could it be that some physicists manning the LDC have an inkling that they might be on to something bigger than themselves? Yes, even bigger than the universe?

If so, that secret belief could only be whispered to family and close friends. At this time
for all its supposed openness, the scientific community does not take lightly those who trespass into the mystical--even the intensely practical kind. But, where God is concerned, wondrous surprises are always possible. If the soul of man is to be revealed in France, it will not be in the churches which have little attendance and stand as stark relics to a glorious yesterday long gone. My thought is to look to the Large Hadron Collider physicists instead. They may hold the key to that next revelation that will change mankind forever.

Of note: Several personal issues will take me away from this blog for a few days, and I hope to be back by mid-week. I've included M. Huffman's gorgeous sky picture again because it reminded me of how particle splitting might look in all it's lighted, radiant glory. She sent me several more photos yesterday which will grace this blog in the coming months. Thanks, Sister, for adding some sparkle to my words.

Today's Weather Report: Believe it or not, it was below zero again this morning! We put up mini-blinds on all the windows in the living room area today and can't believe how much warmer it makes the house. Just our luck, it will probably be warm from now on. But then there's always next year and the year after....

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