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Mindfulness and Enlightenment

April 10, 2013

Buddha-paintingMindfulness (Pali: sati,[1] Sanskrit: smṛti; also translated as awareness) is a spiritual or psychological faculty (indriya) that, according to the teaching ofthe Buddha, is considered to be of great importance in the path to enlightenment . It is one of the seven factors of enlightenment. “Correct” or “right” mindfulness (Pali: sammā-sati, Sanskrit samyak-smṛti) is the seventh element of the noble eightfold path. Mindfulness meditation can also be traced back to the earlier Upanishads, part of Hindu scripture.[2]

Enlightenment (bodhi) is a state of being in which greed, hatred and delusion (Pali: moha) have been overcome, abandoned and are absent from the mind. Mindfulness, which, among other things, is an attentive awareness of the reality of things (especially of the present moment) is an antidote to delusion and is considered as such a ‘power’ (Pali: bala). This faculty becomes a power in particular when it is coupled with clear comprehension of whatever is taking place.

I decided when I wrote this “research blog”, whatever that is, that I would try to do my best to practice these basic principals of Buddhism.  I have no axe to grind, no ego to fill, no point to make that either science or religion is right or wrong. I have just always had this creative mind locked in the analytical shell of an engineer and I am just seeking truth and exploring some unchartered waters.

I have always loved to read nature and science articles. Quantum mechanics, although it entangles my brain fairly quickly, really intrigues me.  It is that uncertainty built into the nature of things changing just by observing them which seems completely crazy.  Humans have this strange behavior in that we tend to see that which we believe.  I never saw any of this “quantum stuff” I have been talking about until after my mind first accepted that 95% of the mass-energy in the universe is in a “dark” state, which is most likely quantum in behavior.  I also had to assume it was close to home and not just “out there”. I also am assuming, based upon observations that the quantum field varies with a wide range of different energy levels within those bubbles and strings. Then, almost like an actor gets into character, my mind flipped into this “quantum belief” mode, looking for signs of quantum behavior in our macroscopic world. Once I did that, things actually appear to make more sense to me now and I have a lot more answers for myself and less phenomena to wonder about. Of course this new belief brings with it a whole host of new questions and concerns, but those will just have to work themselves out.

fogbow clouds

Something is CONDENSING water vapor along that arc

I realize it is hard to believe that double rainbows are not just optical, when that is what we have been taught to see and it is a simple explanation. Physicists look at them and see the optics.  Meteorologists look at them and say that they are just a “phenomena” that follow rainstorms and appear when the sun pops out. A Chemical Engineer looks at the thermodynamics and says what is condensing the water vapor and making the clouds in that local area in the first place?  So there is something in it for everyone. If these micro black hole strings do exist, they should form toroids and extract entropy from their surroundings and cool a gas, they should create electromagnetic charge at their surface (lightning), they should have a gravitational/orbital effect and they can/should form strings based upon everything I have read. They should also trigger beta decay in their surroundings. Beta Plus Decay can produce electrons and positrons in their surroundings.

In my model of that rainbow, if you remove the optical effect from the bending of sunlight, you should still get the condensing action from the string within the arc. That is why I looked at “fogbows” (humans have a name for everything) and they appear to confirm my thinking. I see something condensing water vapor and forming clouds in an arcing pattern in that photo. NASA says they are just smaller water droplets so they are not reflecting light the same. I really do not agree with that thinking at all.  Of course I now believe in the quantum, so that is what I am seeing.

So here are today’s headlines:


An artist’s impression of a terrestrial gamma-ray flash, called “dark lightning,” originating from a thunderstorm. The gamma rays (pink), in turn, generate electrons and positrons (yellow and green), their antimatter counterparts, which get blasted into space.

Dark lightning’ zaps airline passengers with radiation
 “Dark lightning” that is almost invisible within clouds may regularly blast airline passengers with large numbers of gamma rays, scientists find.

Those Positron emissions are a clue to the Beta Plus Decay occurring from dark matter interactions in the vicinity of the lightning.  I don’t believe we need to spend billions looking in space when I think the stuff is right here orbiting all around us in strings of entropy, coalescing into the Earth.  It is really just a part of our quantum field, which appears to be very “frumpy” or “frothy”  or stringy here on Earth with lots of open and closed strings and energetic entropic particles zipping around.

Out in space, away from those solar winds, then yes, I think spacetime is fairly smooth with the occasional energetic particles zipping by.  Along the solar winds I would expect turbulence, just like the turbulence along our jet streams on Earth, since they are really the same animal.

Gravitational bodies appear to attract this stuff, so that is the uncertainty we face in this universe, wherever we end up.


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