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Our ancestors were aware of a web of energy that connects and interpenetrates all things. The rig veda, a sacred Hindu text, describes the origin of this energy:
Before the beginning of creation, not even nothing existed then, no air yet, nor a heaven. As the existence of nothing exploded into something, the stuff between the nothing was born.
Field Of Sacred Energy
Scientists once believed that the space between objects was empty. The German-born physicist Albert Einstein (1879–1955), best known for his two theories of relativity, accepted the idea that the space between objects was empty but had great difficulty in believing it.
Unfortunately, the scientific instruments available during Einstein’s lifetime weren’t powerful enough to measure very subtle energy, so the experiments he carried out to determine whether or not space was empty suggested that it was. This posed two questions, which were difficult to answer. First, if space was indeed empty, what kept the objects contained within it apart? Second, how did light and sound travel, because without energy waves to carry them we would live in a dark and soundless world.
More recently, with the advent of increasingly sophisticated scientific instruments, scientists in the United States have been able to record an extremely subtle energy that permeates all space and interconnects with all objects in the universe. This energy field has been named ‘the web of light’ and ‘the Divine Matrix’, and in esoteric circles it’s known as the ‘ether’.
Ether is the accumulation of energies that stores everything that has ever occurred since the birth of the universe. In the physical body, ether is stored in the DNA. This ‘cellular’ memory contains a record of every experience we’ve had in our many lifetimes on Earth. These records of our past, present and future are known as the akashic records, from the Sanskrit word akasa, meaning ‘sky’. All of us have a right to access these but can only do so with the help of our spiritual guides.
According to Gregg Braden in his book The Divine Matrix, learning to access this field enables us to create the things that we need in this life and can bring about instantaneous healing. Braden believes that the two most important ingredients for accessing this field are our thoughts and emotions. If we have a physical problem, for example, we have to believe that we’re already healed and also feel the joy that healing brings.
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The Web Of Light In Action
We can compare this web of light that permeates the universe to a spider’s web. When a fly becomes entangled in the spider’s web, it sends a vibration along the strands of the web, informing the spider that its dinner has arrived. Similarly, what we think and feel sends along the strands of the web of light vibrational frequencies that can affect people, countries and world situations.
Have you ever wondered how sometimes, when the phone rings, you intuitively know who the caller is before you answer the call? If we apply the web of light theory here, then we can say that the caller, in thinking about you prior to dialling your number, creates with their thoughts an energy frequency that, as it travels to you along the web, you intuitively pick up.
The same theory applies to days of prayer for world peace, where countries that are the subject of prayers may experience reduced levels of violence and crime. This is one of the reasons why yoga puts such great emphasis on the power of positive thinking. The first yama, non-violence, applies not only to our actions but also to our thoughts.
What Are You Thinking?
Yoga students are asked to be aware at various times during the day of what they’re thinking. When they become aware of negative thought patterns, they’re asked to reverse these to positive ones. They’re also reminded that watching violence in the form of films or computer games tends to encourage violence. Perhaps every day we should remind ourselves of that wonderful prayer of St Francis of Assisi:
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace:
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved, as to love,
For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
The biologist Bruce Lipton in his book The Biology of Belief emphasizes that we’re co-creators with the creator and so create our own reality with our thoughts and feelings. Many of the enlightened beings that have walked the Earth knew how to achieve this. For example, devotees of the Indian spiritual master Sai Baba witnessed him materializing objects out of space, and the Christ carried out spontaneous healings. All such masters knew the web of light and how to work with it.
The Power of Thought
It has long been accepted that our DNA is the fundamental genetic material of all cells, and is present in the nucleus of the cell, where it forms part of the chromosome and acts as the carrier of genetic information. It has therefore also been accepted that if specific diseases are passed on to us through our DNA, the likelihood of us contracting those diseases is great. However, recent research carried out by physicists has shown that our DNA can be switched on and off by our thoughts and emotions.
Until recently, it was also believed that the nucleus was the brain of the cell. But experiments where the nucleus has been removed from the cell have shown that the cell continues to breathe, take in nutrients and excrete waste. The only function that the cell was unable to perform was to divide.
Physicists then went on to research which part of the cell was its brain. They discovered that the brain was contained in the shell surrounding each cell, and it was this shell that responded to light, sound and thought.
With this new information, surely we should start to watch what we’re thinking and to surround ourselves with harmonious rather than discordant sounds. Perhaps we should reflect on these matters and contemplate how we can change the way in which we think and work in order to return to a state of peace, balance and harmony.
The Shape of Light
In sacred geometry, the solid figure related to the ether, the subtle energy that surrounds all objects, is the dodecahedron. This solid has twelve faces, each of which is a pentagram, one of the most potent sacred symbols.
When correctly drawn, the pentagram has four points forming a square and the fifth point in mid-heaven. To some extent, it’s the symbol of man, with the two lower points representing the feet, the two middle points the arms and the upper point the head.
The pentagram is thought to be the shape in which the universe is contained. Our bodies are also thought to be contained within a pentagram. If this notion is accepted, we could say that, as the web of light surrounds and interpenetrates the universe, so our own bodies are surrounded and penetrated by their own personal web of light.
We might then argue that our personal web of light is derived from the nadis, the subtle energy channels through which prana (the life force or vital energy) flows and contained within the etheric layer of the auta. In this case, is it feasible that our personal web of light is responsible for the formation of the triangles of light felt and ‘seen’ while holding certain asanas? I believe that this is so.
©2019 by Pauline Wills. All Rights Reserved.
Excerpted with permission from the book: Yoga of Light.
Publisher: Findhorn Press, a divn. of Inner Traditions Intl.
Yoga of Light: Awaken Chakra Energies through the Triangles of Light
by Pauline Wills
Drawing on yoga’s original teachings, Yoga of Light reveals how to awaken and energize the chakra triangles of light with the practice of asanas, breathing, visualization, and meditation. Exploring the universal web of light and our place within it, as well as the body’s electromagnetic field, or aura, yoga expert Pauline Wills provides a concise introduction to the ten major and twenty-one minor chakras instrumental in forming the yoga triangles of light. (Also available as a Kindle edition.)
About the Author
Pauline Wills, a professional reflexologist and instructor with more than a decade of experience in England and Ireland, combines yoga and color therapy in her practice of reflexology. She is the author of several books on healing, including The Reflexology and Colour Therapy Workbook.