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Topic: Keely Information
Section: Lux Naturae part 2
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Men at all times have cried, ³Give us a sign,² whilst they are continually surrounded and filled with signs. It is like calling for a sign that the grass will grow, or that the sun will shine. The signs are too simple and numerous for mystery-making man. Something like a worldstar must come in at his little human window with revealed truth written over it in his native tongue in order to be a satisfactory sign to him of the existence of ³our Father which art in heaven.²
The instantaneousness of the intelligible communication through the ether ought to be no matter of surprise, considering the innumerable opportunities we have of familiarities with such occurrences. A reader, no matter how quickly he reads, unconsciously spells every word; this almost instantaneous action is acquired by mere practice, yet is slow when compared with the instantaneous results attained by the natural operations of vibrations in commonplace decisions. For example, the instant that one looks at a leaf he discerns the colour, and yet all the operations of millions of vibrations have affected the sense of sight in the immeasurably short time. The same may be said about any of the decisions in connection with any of the senses. As quick as thought, a photograph, with every detail, is impressed upon the sensitized plate of the camera obscura. Even instruments of human construction, with the laws of Nature in their harness, work what our fathers would have called wonders, and, indeed, are so, although they are immeasurably beneath the purely mechanical results taking place in Nature continuously before our eyes and in our minds. On the lowest ground of knowledge, what is constantly being almost imperceptibly done around and in us is mechanical work of the highest order without any trace of miracle, although, through superstition, the salt of our sentimental life, a thick veil of glamour has covered our human eyes with what seems a natural colour-blindness, but which, in reality, is only that hypochondriacal morbidness of opinion that sticks with unalterable faith to the inherited prejudices of the race as a mollusc does to the rock.
Innumerable conditions of everyday familiarity are wonderful, very wonderful, yet are neither miraculous nor supernatural in the true sense, but are simply mechanical operations in physics. Forcing fruit to maturity long before its natural time, the quickening of a dead seed into a living plant, ay, even the regeneration of the soul, are such wonders. The belief in Christ and in the Christian Gospel produces a higher and holier spiritual environment, just as washing the skin improves the physical health of the body, yet in neither case is there a miracle, but only a natural resultant.
Nature abhors a vacuum, therefore mind, matter and spirit must be connected Ether is the nerve-connecting link of the universe Vibrations in nerves and in ether Universal code-signals Effect of full knowledge of etheric vibrations Physiological and psychological senses similarly affected Sympathetic connection between body, mind and spirit.
SCIENTISTS believe in atoms and elements; they also believe that Nature abhors a vacuum, and that atoms cannot be packed together without interstitial spaces, which, according to them, are neither vacuous nor yet filled up by any of the recognised elements. There must be something between, and that of a material nature. That material something that is the connecting link between one atom and another is here called ether.
There cannot be a wide gulf between any one part of creation and another, because such a condition would be a scientific and physical impossibility; and this is true of atoms and worlds, and of mind and matter. Dissociation of mind and matter is an impossibility, according to this scientific basis. The interstices between mind and matter cannot be vacuities. The same scientific truth holds good about mind and spirit. Mind, matter, and spirit can have no vacuum between them. There must be a non-vacuum-making connection. As one atom cannot join itself to another and yet remain an atom, so mind and matter cannot amalgamate and yet remain mind and matter. In fact, they do remain mind and matter as distinctly as atoms remain atoms, and yet scientifically and physically they must be connected. The junction is a physical necessity, although material atoms are similar, whereas mind and matter are dissimilar. The connecting link is ether the name is a small matter, but the fact of connection a great one and while similar atoms of matter are connected with an ether of equal density, yet ether is a volatile and spiritual-like substance, capable of attenuation, extending from a material to a spiritual condition, and so in the physically imperceptible distance between mind and matter, the connecting link of ether may be graduated from a material to a mental tenuity.
Mind and spirit are likewise so connected by this element, and so are mind, matter, and spirit. There is no such thing as isolation in men, minds, world, or Deity. Created and uncreated beings are, as a physical necessity, connected. All are connected by this universal element, which is the great nerve system of creation, by which all truth is communicated like news upon a telegraph wire, to every individual station in the universe, whether that truth be interpreted or misinterpreted. The human hearts and spiritual aspirations of men and women are joined by it, and their sympathies and antipathies conveyed by it. It is the telegraph by which is written on the face of man the character of truth, the medium that when properly touched makes all the world feel kin. Through its medium hilarity and melancholy become contagious and sympathetic: smiles of one drive away the dull care of another. By it the weakened body conveys infectious depression to the mind, and the disordered mind upsets the healthy condition of the body. When man has carnally violated some law in Nature, his disturbed mind rouses the spiritual part of him to appeal to the Deity, and all the intelligence or intercomrnunication, from the breaking of the law on earth to the appeal at the throne of grace and the reply, is, as by the annihilation of time and space, through the medium of this ether, as on a material telegraph-wire, transmitted instantly, and inaudibly to others, through matter, mind, and spirit. By this element, every atom of the universe, including its Creator, is in constant and inseparable connection and communication with every other atom.
Hitherto water has been chemically considered the resultant of certain combinations of the two elements hydrogen and oxygen. Hydrogen has now been shown to be not an element, but a compound, that can itself be disintegrated, and one of the component parts of that compound is this liquid ether. This element, ether, is not a mere glutinous connection between the joints of the atoms of creation, but rather the nerve system running through the whole body of the universe and all that is in it, created or untreated. The uses of the etheric nerves of this universal system are proportionately greater than the uses of the nerves in the human body. The body nerves carry, by a code fixed by Nature, the intelligence of the senses to the mind, and so may be called the connecting link between the mind and matter of one individual; but the ether is the nerve-connecting link between the mind, matter and spirit of the whole universes and the communications made on the etheric chord are made under the same law as governs the corporal nerves; for Nature never requisitions two laws or systems where one is sufficient. If representatives of all nations assembled in one place were simultaneously to have a finger similarly punctured, the nerve of each person would convey, in an exactly similar manner and by exactly the same code, the same information to each individual mind, i.e., there would not be one code for an Englishman, and another for a Hindoo, and yet the physical information would in all cases be the same. So, if the universal body be affected, as it can be in innumerable ways, the information will be flashed to every understanding centre by the same way and by the same code as on the corporal nerve. What are the code and way ?
Vibration is the single answer to the double question, i.e., the method is vibration, but the code depends on the number and variation of vibrations.
To speak of the number of possible vibrations is to speak of the incomprehensible. Our eyes, for instance, are affected by a vibration of seven hundred and seven millions of millions of waves per second before their sense of sight grasps the idea of violet. Vibrations in projecting a ray of light are not less than one hundred thousand billions a second. Heat, light, sound, colour, magnetism, and electricity are only some of the possible resultants of vibrations, and vibrations are not confined to the physical world, but by the vibratory medium of ether the triune creation of mind, matter, and spirit is, by the same law, under the same vibratory influence. The ether wave is the most important and universal vibratory element, and, as the sun's rays convey the vibratory forces, light and heat, so the ether rays conduct all vibratory psychic forces, which may all be included in the one comprehensive force of sympathy, which is as necessary to human and spiritual life as the forces of light and heat are to vegetable life. Sympathy in its widest sense is the resultant of the various vibrations from the minimum to the maximum, within the limits within which all sympathy producing vibrations lie. Truth itself is but a subdivision of this sympathy, and the knowledge of it is the resultant of certain vibrations. By the etheric or nerve system of the universe comes all information in the nature of inspiration, truth, divination, and psychology, etc., and that by vibration of the etheric chords, according to a natural code, the same to all and decipherable by all, although neglected and misinterpreted by most people, on account of their ignorance of the laws of Nature. (See ³Vera Vita.² Published by Digby, Long and Co., Bouverie Street, Fleet Street, London.)
If pain be in one's toe, the knowledge of it is conveyed to the brain by means of a telegraph nerve, and the transmission of the knowledge is not by words, else then the nerves could speak; and not only so, but the nerves of natives of different countries would have to communicate the information in the language which they severally spoke and children that know no language could have no suffering. Moreover, the knowledge of the place where the pain is (as in the toe) is known in the brain before it is felt in the toe. The sequence of events in the case of an injury to the toe is: the injury comes first, the knowledge of it in the brain second, and the feeling of it in the toe third. The knowledge of injury is anterior to the pain. The chief concern here is: How is this knowledge conveyed ? and the answer is, by vibrations of the nerve, according to a natural code, which are registered on the dial-plate of the brain, and there interpreted by the sixth sense, just as the operator at one telegraph station communicates his code message to the receiver at another station. One bell or one violin string will only give one note; that is, when struck, will invariably give the same number of vibrations (striking a different length of string is practically striking a different string, of course). The same number of vibrations on a sounding instrument will invariably produce the same note, and so the same number of vibrations of a nerve will invariably register the same code-signal. This is the law, and yet a strange violation seems to take place in the corporal nerve, which, after all, seems nothing more than a lusus naturae. A nerve that is punctured, say at the toe, will give exactly the same vibrations as an equivalent puncture given to it above the knee, or anywhere short of the toe; that is, the vibrations of a given chord are equal to the vibrations of a part of the chord. The note struck, or code-signal, must be the same in both cases, therefore the registration of code-intelligence given from the one puncture must be exactly the same as the code-registration from the other. This is clearly proved by the fact that a man whose leg has been amputated can distinctly feel pain in his toe when the remainder of the toe nerve is pained. Here there is deception, but Nature is not to blame. The mistake lies not in the registration for Nature never registers wrongly but in the interpretation of the registration. All the errors of life lie not in the registrations or apparent representations of Nature, but in the misunderstanding and misinterpretations of her signs.
As in the nerve system of our human frame, so in the universal body the etheric nerve system is worked by a universal code of signals produced by variations of vibrations of the etheric chords. The quality of the chord is its measure of conductivity. All code-signals are registered on every receiver, and every receiver is naturally capable of interpreting every registration, and yet may, and most frequently does, on account of ignorance of the laws of Nature, false beliefs or prejudices, misinterpret them.
Suppose a man to be practically and perfectly acquainted with all the laws in Nature, and especially with this one about etheric vibrations for the trend of civilization is toward perfection, although it is still very far from it what would be his condition ? He could answer the great question, 'What is truth ?' He would understand his fellow-man, and all his most inmost thoughts and motives; he would fully comprehend the mysteries of life as simplicities; not only would he be receptive of every inspiration, but he would understand them all; to him there would be no mystery in life, for he would, as the Son of God, be as God, knowing good and evil. Of all this he is capable, but he must first, before reaching such perfection, know and obey the etheric laws in Nature which are the only media of truth as ordained by Him who is truth, and who uses no new instruments of revelation, for the old are better, and the old instruments are His established laws in Nature.
What nerves are to the body, ether-chords are to the universe, which, it must be borne in mind, includes matter, mind, and spirit, and these etheric nerves are connected with all brain stations, and communications on them are made by Nature - established code-signals of vibrations. There are nerves in connection with all the physical senses, and in no conceivable way can the physical system of man be affected without causing such a vibration of these nerves as will register the intelligence on the brain. So in no way can a man the Ego - be affected externally to himself, without these etheric nerves registering the fact upon him. The Ego cannot be affected by any external mental influence, nor by any external spiritual influence except by the Nature-established etheric nerve system. In this respect the law in the psychological department of Nature, is exactly the same as it is in the physical world, and that which is the established law in the psychological world is also the law in the spiritual; and what is law in the spiritual world is law in the physical world.
Body, mind, and spirit are necessarily in sympathetic connection through this physical element, and a man's physical nerves cannot be vibrated without the vibration being communicated in some degree to his mental condition because of the natural connection etheric between mind and matter. Nor can any vibratory disturbance take place in the mind without being communicated to the body. Mental excitement alone frequently thrills and shakes the physical frame, and must do so, for mind and body are one by etheric connection. In the same way, and for the same reason, spiritual disturbance is communicated to the mind, and thence to the body. An unhealthy disturbance in any one of the three body, mind, spirit may be communicated to the other two. A mental delusion will produce the physical effects of hypochondria and spiritual wreck. As a headache may have its source in the stomach, so a mental weakness may originate in the body or spirit; a spiritual disturbance may have originated in the mind, or the condition of any one of the three matter, mind, spirit may have been produced by the condition of any other one of the three, and the infection, or contagion, rather, been by the medium of the vibratory ether that connects all three. The vibration of electricity on a telegraph wire is not interrupted by registering itself at stations en route. As far as the wire goes the vibration will go must go; so the vibration of ether in the material world cannot stay at the boundary station of matter, but must, by inexorable law, continue as far as the ether wire continues, and that is away through mind and spirit.
Every etheric chord in the nerve system of the universe, like every corporal nerve in its own human system, is a telephonic conductor of intelligible symbolic vibrations to every brain-station on its circuit.
Code-signals are universal and unvarying Ether element Individual, family, social and national telepathy.
THE vibrating force is not equal on all the etheric chords, nor is the vibration necessarily continuous. The vibration on one chord may or may not be the same as the vibration on another chord.
Nature's vibrating code-signals are universal and constant, and are the same to all in operation and interpretation. To those who have given no thought to the subject, it must seem a marvellous fact that nothing more than a mere variation of vibrations makes the difference between heat, light, colour, etc. The variety of notes that strike the ear from a musical (wind) instrument depends on the variety of vibrations given to the column of air in it. The colour we attribute to anything depends on the number of vibrations with which that thing affects our sense of sight. Happily, knowledge of the law is not necessary to the operation and belief of the fact, but for purposes of analogy it is well to bear in mind that light, heat, sound, colour, magnetism, electricity, etc., are only the resultant forces or registrations of various vibrations. In other words, if a vibrating Nature code-signal of seven hundred and seven millions of millions per second be registered on the brain-dial, the sense will at once interpret the fact that the eye is being affected by the colour violet, and the same interpretation for the same number of vibrations is constant, i.e., it does not differ in different people. So it would be with all the interpretations of registered code-signals, and while Nature cannot misrepresent, a man may misinterpret, or, rather, misunderstand the interpreter. Mental impressions are the resultants of vibratory communications, in the same way as physical impressions are made on the senses, only the variations are different, and consequently a difference in the code of signals is required, and this code is well known to the interpreting sense.
'The motion of any matter of less tenuity than the ether cannot affect it any more than atmospheric air could be held under pressure in a perforated chamber. The tenuous flow of a magnet cannot be waived aside by a plate of heavy glass, and yet the magnetic flow is only of an inter-atomic character and far more crude than the introductory etheric. The etheric element would remain perfectly static under the travel of the most furious cyclone; it would pass through the molecular interstices of any moving projectile with the same facility that atmospheric air would pass through a coarse sieve. Ether could not be affected by the motion of less tenuous matter, but if the matter were of the same tenuous condition, it would sympathetically associate itself with it; consequently there would be no motion, any more than motion accompanies gravity.' *
* Mrs. Moore's ' Keely and his Discoveries,' p. 275.
At the meeting of two persons through whom similar etheric rays pass they would at once feel that they were so sympathetically attached as to have the same thoughts in common. The ether in the one person, being similar in tenuity to the ether in the other, would at once sympathetically associate itself with it; the two ethers would become one, and the etheric communications made to the one individual would be the same to the other; any communication made from the world by the ether would be received by the other; for the time being the two would be so far mentally joined into one person. Such two persons, by this established aerial telepath, could read each other's thoughts, and frequently the one would take the word out of the other's mouth; that is, the one would speak the very thought the other was about to express, although it had no connection with any previous conversation or with any idea that might reasonably be considered to have been led up to. The simple explanation is that the vibrations of the connecting etheric chord are simultaneously registered on each brain-dial, and the code-signal there is simultaneously interpreted by both. If two persons could be found who were acted upon by exactly the same etheric waves, they would be found to have exactly the same thoughts; but there are not even two blades of grass alike, and the multiplicity of ether-chords that pass through one person are never the same as those that pass through another. Yet every human being is etherically connected by somewhat similar ether vibratory nerves, just as different species of the same plant give off similar variations of vibrations without being exactly the same; or as all forms of heat are more or less similarly vibrated.
As two people can be so etherically joined together, so may three or more, but our strong sympathetic nerve of ether may be weakened in its influence by numerous discordant nerves that tend to dissociate the members of a company by attracting them to, or connecting them with, other objects. Sympathy and antipathy are etherically communicated. The more closely the tenuity of the ether of the one person resembles the tenuity of the others,the more closely will be the sympathetic alliance of the ether, and consequently of the people. If two or three be gathered together so as to be etherically connected, the same current of sympathy will pass through the ether-connected group, just as an electric shock is passed through a properly arranged string of people. Each of the group will be similarly influenced by the etheric chord of sympathy, for the vibrations of the chord will be the same to all; the registration will be the same, and the interpretation will be the same. These three vibration, registration, and interpretation cannot fail, for they are governed by a law of Nature that cannot fail. There is no such thing as failure or mistake in the conduct of a law in Nature. Such a thing is a physical impossibility, for Nature is governed by inviolable law. All the mistakes, and chances and changes, of this mortal life take place in the free-will province of man (not in the lawbound sphere of Nature), where the laws in Nature are not understood, although man is made capable of understanding them. These laws of etheric vibration can no more fail in their duty than can the planets cease to roll in their courses. In fact, there is no law in Nature more important or more inviolable than another. All laws in Nature are inviolable in their action and inexorable in their effects; they must do their work, and fixed effects must follow. Thus, with the above assumed people etherically grouped, being under the same conditions, they must receive the same vibratory effects, just as all stations on a telegraph circuit receive the same communications. On this same law and principle the harmony of family gatherings centres. The members of the family are of one mind because they are united for the time being by the same etheric chord. The ether of each sympathetically associates with the ether of the other, and there can be no discord as long as the tenuity of the ether is unvaried. The same law would hold good were the meeting composed of the most depraved assassins, met for the most villainous purposes, for there would be, and could be, no discord in their harmony (?) whilst the vibrations of their ether uniformly registered even the deepest designs of human hatred.
Society, with its circles within circles answering to similar etheric pulsations, is welded into a homogeneous whole by the sympathetic operation of these etheric chords. A community or mass of people becomes united in action by first being etherically united. As the individual man is a union of mind, matter and spirit, materially connected by ether, so a community etherically joined is, for the time being, an individual mass leavened by the compounding individual parts, and is governed by the vibrating impulse received through the chord that for the time being binds the parts together, and is consequently for the time the power dominating the mass. The law that governs that vibrating force is the law that for the time governs that community or mass of people, and if no other inharmonious force connects itself with that community or mass of people, then it is for the time entirely under the influence or government of that law that governs the dominant force. This influence may be good or bad, and whilst the government lasts the individuals of the community or mass of people will be, as it were, inspired by the same good or bad idea.
Individual, family, social, and national telepathy are similar in their telephonic action, being conveyed by vibratory signals of the connecting ether. Patriotism, or love of one's native land, may be weak in the individual, and yet the national sentiment be strong, and that because the many small quantities of ether sympathetically assimilate themselves until the whole mass is welded into one solid national lump which is pulsated by the same etheric vibrations. The force called patriotism in this ether may be dormant or be a latent power in it, just as the explosive force of gunpowder lies latent until fire is applied to it to liberate it. The vibrations required to liberate or fire the latent patriotism would no sooner be applied than a national explosion would necessarily follow. To the sympathetically assimilated ether, a stimulus is given here and there by historical remembrances or by the abnormal patriotic enthusiasm of some living native who is simply a generator of vibrations. The body or interests of the country cannot be touched at any one point without every individual feeling the touch through the national nerve. As atoms, separated from each other by the ether, move freely within one atom, and are individually affected by whatever affects the encircling atom, so the patriotic inhabitants of a country are free and yet indissolubly bound by that material ether that forbids the very possibility of vacuity in mind, matter or spirit, and binds the three into one solid universal whole. Sounds made at one end of a telephone are instantly and correctly heard at the other end (the conversation so carried on is but a series of vibrations), and yet this telephone is but the imperfect work of man; but the invisible ether is the conducting wire of Nature that has no imperfections, and every discordant touch made on its extremity or elsewhere on the national mass sends a thrill of awakening displeasure throughout the whole patriotic system, and there is unity of action if need be, for, in such a case, though swords be a thousand, hearts are but one. The national etheric nerve system is a mere extension of the same thing in the individual, the family, party, or the small community. All are physically welded by the same element, and they are sympathetic in their emotion, sentiment and life because the same etheric vibrations make them naturally unanimous even in thought, word and deed if no discordant vibrations influence the common nerve.