I often wonder whether the starry skies flow continuous and deep into my everyday life, even deep down into quantum space where leptons spin weakly around their formidable quarks. Always, my way of understanding is to sketch things out, so I made a large white cylinder to explore my vast starry skies.
Looking up at the heavens through the lattice work of Newton and Einstein, I see only shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave. General relativity says it is gravity that engraves paths for the cosmic-large, as they ride like astronomical molecules over the ripples of a 4D space-time field. While quantum mechanics say endless waves of uncertainty are washing jittery quantum-smalls ashore. We just don’t know what is really going on. Is gravity also at work in the waves? Albert Einstein wrote: ‘We are faced with a new kind of difficulty. We have two contradictory pictures of reality; separately neither waves nor particles fully explain the phenomena of light, but together they do.’1]
Realizing that we are loosing control over the location of the quantum-smalls, we have come to accept that the structure of space is divided and apart. Until string-theory caused a revolution in the physics world, by claiming that it can unify all of space, based on the assumption that the four forces of nature were unified at the beginning of time. It then describes how tiny planck-sized vibrating strings tremble patterns and shapes, like words, into 6 additional, very small, curled up dimensions of space. So small are they, that we have missed them, but they are there nonetheless, tacked on to every point of our 3D space. From these vibrating strings generations of leptons and quarks pour out. They are then dressed, in colors of light, charge and spin, by the force messengers. (the photon, the graviton and the gluon, who strangely have no mass) They then begin to swim in an endless ocean of probability waves until time calls out to them to show their faces up there in 3D space. 2]
It means that underneath the surface of our familiar experiences is another reality hidden in 6D space. I then turned to Zechariah’ vision of some 2500 years ago, reminding myself of Charles Spurgeon’s words, ‘A vision is not like prophesy, it is more like a picture of how things are.’ Zechariah’s vision unfolds in two arenas, which I’ll identify by color. At the outset, before the vision even commences, the Lord of hosts is speaking, He says, ‘Be not as your fathers, turn to me and I will turn to you.’ The vision then unfolds in a scene by night, hidden underneath the myrtle trees. There is a man riding on a red horse amongst the myrtle trees, also present is the angel of the Lord and more red horses, some speckled and some white. (They are in conversation with Zechariah, which makes me think they are all in this one place.) ‘Who are these?’, asks Zechariah. The angel of the Lord said, ‘I’ll show you who these be.’ Then the man that stood among the myrtle trees answers, ‘These are the ones sent to walk on earth’. The horses then answer the angel, ‘Yes, we have walked through the earth and behold all the earth is still and is at rest.’ I then sketched this scene inside my white pot and it appeared to me that the starry flowers on the myrtle trees resembled the starry skies. I then thought that this scene may be like a fragrant heaven, hidden from sight.
Then the angel of the Lord and the Lord of hosts engage in a separate conversation. The angel pleads and asks for how long will He not have mercy on Jerusalem. It may be the same place from where the Lord spoke at the outset, a type of higher heaven from where his will determines all.
The angel of the Lord then conveys to those in the fragrant heaven what the Lord of hosts had said, that He was jealous for Jerusalem and Zion (which is spiritual Jerusalem), that he was displeased with the heathen basking in comforts while they increased the affliction of others and that he is returned to Jerusalem with mercies.
Then Zechariah sees another vision of 4 horns and 4 skilled engravers and he asks, ‘what be these?’ The angel of the Lord then explains that the 4 horns represent the power of the Nations, who have scattered Israel, Judah and Jerusalem, and that 4 engravers have come to frighten the Nations. The power of the Nations seems to me related to the 4 forces of nature. Is nuclear power not the ultimate power of the world today and can anything frighten us more?
So, if it is gravity engraving paths for matter with its graviton, then it may be that the remaining forces are also engravers. Perhaps this is the point where physics break down and we see the four forces of nature simply as an allegory for the power of God. I then realized another allegory – the man riding on a red horse amongst the myrtle trees, is the way by which mercy flows from the hidden to the earth, bringing rest to our souls.
Immersed and completely drenched by my infinite starry skies, I’m sitting here on the back of my earth, turning with her inside the circle of her skirt, under the eyes of her besotted moon, while we circle that boiling ball, thinking that I’m not moving at all. I then picked my cylinder up, turned it around in my hands and engraved the four forces at work. Now, two worlds were lying cheek to cheek on my pot, separated by a membrane of a wall, like a lamb next to a sleeping wolf.
1. Harrison, David (2002). “Complementarity and the Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics”. UPSCALE. Dept. of Physics, U. of Toronto.
2. Greene, Brian, 2004, The fabric of the Cosmos. 1st ed.
3. Frans Pretorius, Work on numerical analysis of gravitational waves, World Science Festival 2017