Perception itself is based upon the similarity of vibrations. The human ear and the human eye, for example, only sense vibration within a very limited bandwidth; all frequencies outside these narrow ranges are unknown. Reality is simply what is perceived, and what is perceived results from vibrational similarity.
It is clear from scientific observation that this universe is fundamentally based on attraction and combination. Closeness requires a good “fit,” as is demonstrated from these Lewis diagrams of chemical bonding:
Nitrogen atom has 5 valence electrons:
Hydrogen atom has 1 valence electron:
They combine to form Ammonia, NH3:
Source: Lewis Structures (electron dot diagrams) at
Closeness requires affinity, so combination and attraction requires affinity. The close proximity of atomic particles to form molecules shows their affinity for each other. Groupings of anything – people, life forms, even objects – have an inherent harmony within them, or they would not come together. Therefore, the fundamental characteristic of the universe is affinity and cooperation. The quintessential nature of all things is benign. Philosophies which state otherwise are delusional.
What supplies the energy for the cell to divide? What provides the knowledge of how to do this? Science says that DNA provides the coding for cellular division and construction, but where are the instructions to form the DNA helix itself? DNA is composed of atoms, and atoms are composed of subatomic particles... and there our knowledge stops. Science cannot delve too deeply, for if it does, it must always go back to First Cause: What is the origin of matter and energy?
The most popular explanation is the Big Bang, which assumes that all of the energy of the universe originated magically in a singularity at time = 0. Which is scientifically absurd, because the Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy cannot be created or destroyed. So where did all that stuff come from?
Of course there are other cosmologies that try to explain the origin of the universe, such as a vaguely defined quantum excitation, or the enormously complex brane cosmology with its multiple extra dimensions. But these theories are just groping in the dark. Ultimately, matter cannot create matter. Thus the dilemma that splits science, on the one hand, and philosophy and metaphysics on the other. Neither science nor metaphysics contains provable explanations for the origin of the universe. Moreover, scientific theory is itself deeply split between relativity and quantum physics, and cannot account for why gravity is weaker than the other fundamental forces of nature (the hierarchy problem). Clearly, something is confused (or missing) in our thinking.
Philosophically, the answer to the question of First Cause is consciousness. Some people call this God consciousness, universal consciousness, life force, prana, or chi; throughout history it has been given many names by many different cultures. But all of these cultures knew about life force and the idea that a non-physical consciousness – the creative principle – made the universe.
(Some people, of course, believe that the universe evolved probabilistically, through random interactions between matter and energy, and that the very notion of God or consciousness or a creative principle is unnecessary. But these are people who believe that 1,000 monkeys, if given enough time, could write War and Peace. I’ma pass on that.)
We know that like attracts like. The universe is attraction-based, and its fundamental physical elements demonstrate cooperative relationships between fundamental particles. If there is a Creative Principle that constructed a physical universe based on harmony, then the inherent characteristic of consciousness, and the underlying vibrations that maintain it, must be benevolent. This idea is expressed in the OM, the underlying harmonious vibration of everything in the universe. The human body is composed of billions of cooperative cells that always reach for optimum health. The body’s design is based on the Phi Ratio: mathematically perfect scalable harmony.
If this is true, then why do so many people feel bad? Why is there so much misery and poverty and conflict in the world?
It’s a little thing called free will. While the baseline design of the physical body – and the planet itself – is harmonious, free will allows anyone to turn to the dark side. And many do. But when they do, they immediately violate the coherence and health that the body strives for, resulting in disease and ill-heath.
However, it’s comforting to know that life is designed to be a positive experience. We can turn away from harmony but we can always turn back to it, for harmony is inherent within each of us.