We all have a universal life force running through us. Acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine work with this energy to heal us, and it’s a central underlying principle in martial arts. In Ancient Egypt this energy was called Ka and it was thought to be your spirit or vital essence. In Hindu philosophy it’s called Prana, in Hawaiiian culture it's called Mana, and in Tibetan buddhism it's called Lung. Traditional Chinese Medicine calls it qi and in Western philosophy it’s often called vital energy.
Dr. George W. Crile, the first surgeon to successfully perform a blood transfusion, believed that all living matter radiates this energy. He spent a great deal of time studying the electronics of living things. He eventually discovered a tiny nucleus of energy at the heart of every living organism and he said it’s the same kind of energy that comes from the sun. He concluded there is a tiny particle of the sun’s power and radiance lodged within the heart of every organism and this is perhaps the light and energy of life, the Ka of Ancient Egypt, the Prana of Hindu philosophy, the Mana of Hawaiian culture, the Lung of Tibetan buddhism, the qi of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the vital energy of Western philosophy.
The ancient Greeks believed energy flows through the universe just as it flows through the body. They called this energy “ether” and they wrote about it in their mythology. They believed ether was space itself and they described it as the "air breathed by gods."
Pythagoras and Aristotle believed in ether as well and they thought it was a fifth element of nature along with fire, air, water, and earth. In the 1600s, Newton used the word ether to describe the invisible matter that makes up the entire universe. He believed ether was responsible for gravity as well as the sensory perceptions of the body. The Buddhist sutra refers to ether as the net of Indra and the Hopi call it the web of Spider Grandmother.
Today, some of the most respected scientific minds still use the term ether to describe the matter that fills what appears to be empty space. These scientists view ether as something that falls between physical matter and pure energy, and they think it’s what allows light waves to move from one point to another. Scientist Max Planck, a friend and colleague of Einstein, referred to ether as the matter that fills what appears to be empty space and he called it the matrix of everything.
Today, physicists believe that all matter in the universe came out of a pure energy explosion they call the Big Bang. Scientists think this explosion occurred anywhere from 13 to 20 billion years ago, and they believe that heat and light burst forth during the explosion along with a pattern of energy.
Whether you believe in the Big Bang theory or the story of Genesis, both “stories” describe a powerful force that created light and energy. No matter what we call this light (Ka, Prana, Mana, Lung, qi or vital energy), and no matter what we call the energy field (ether, net of Indra, web of Spider Grandmother, matrix of everything), it's becoming more and more clear there is something – a life force, a light, a spirit, a vital energy – in our hearts, and a powerful force or field or presence that uses the light in our hearts to link us with one another, with our world, and with a greater power.
We are all connected to the matrix of everything by the light we have in our hearts.
Debbie L. Kasman
Author Lotus of the Heart: Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul