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Adventure in Nepal; Told in Ten Meditations
Driving around a curve, a sacred cow suddenly appeared on the narrow mountain dirt road up from the Kathmandu Valley. Nabin, my driver swerved to avoid hitting it. But the car rolled; my bucket list seemed to be vanishing. I awoke in a Buddhist Monastery run by exiled Tibetan Nuns. The kind nuns lead me through my visualizing healing meditations.

I remember talking, with my eyes closed, to imaginary figure of the past, whose face I thought I recognized. I asked:
“Are you Einstein?”
He replied:
“Before I answer, you must know I have time for only one question.”
Without hesitation I blurted out:
“How did you discover Relativity?”
He replied:
And he was gone.

In my next mental conscious/subconscious session I encountered John Bell
He said:
“I was sent by (a name I did not recognize). I too can answer only one question before leaving.”
I asked:
“But what should I imagine?”
He replied:
“Imagine a new way of seeing things, you will be astonished.”

When I finally could see morning light, I imagined I recognized an image from the Internet portraying Frank Wilczek. I mumbled:
“Same thing, one question?”
No answer. I could see that I must ask a real question:
“If I am able to imagine a new way of seeing, what is the most important thing for me to see?”
He answered:
“Nothing or I should say no-thing. Everything we see in the universe comprises less than 5% of the universe. Energy is more important: mass is only e/c2. It’s energy all the way through!”
My mind faded.

I tried to imagine the process of energy:
“Where is Niels Bohr when I need him?”
Bohr responded:
“Quantum energy is always in a rotating kind of oscillation, adding and/or subtracting. It’s a snake consuming its own tail. It depends on how you see it.”

My mind befuddled. Was I dreaming or in a delirium? My problem is I don’t know much math. My patience was rewarded in the form of James Clerk Maxwell. I asked him:
“How can I describe what I see in a new way, what formula?”
Maxwell advised me:
“Tell your story in terms of scientific description so that other kinds of minds can see it as energized in-formation through an energy lens of your eyes. Formulas come last.”

Finally, I was up and able to get around. I joined the nun’s afternoon meditations in the Monastery. I could now attain a partial meditative state of semi-consciousness where I could continue my internal inquisition of my reality along with my imagined visitor voices when I asked John Wheeler:
“What is this that I’m seeing through my new energy lens?”
He answered:
“The universe is a self-excited energy information circuit. We are of implicate an universe experiencing itself together; everything is just a dynamic expression of dynamic energy in-formation of itself.”

By this point, the meditations evolved into a conversation. With David Bohm I asked:
“How am I to make common sense out of ‘Active/Passive broadcasts of implicit energized information in its continual unfolding and enfolding of orders’ so that other kinds of minds can sort it out? All these words are bobbling back and forth inside me”
Bohm’s replied:
“That’s easily done. Explicit/Implicit is a non-manifest reality which is its implicate harmonic order. In listening to music of and orchestra, one is participating in an enfolded implicate order coming together in you as of a Universal musical whole.”

When I was fully recovered I walked back down the road to Kathmandu. I shouted at the glorious sky:
“What are the cosmos forces’ laws governing such dynamically polarized energized information?
Charles Peirce responded:
“All laws have Vari-essences to allow energy to vary slightly in formation to accomplish novel and progressive change.
I wondered:
“But that would mean that everything is just oscillating energy waveforms. The cosmos energy forces that form and hold together as energy, in formation of particles, are merely cosmos energy carried forth in formation of subsequent atoms, molecules, and the hierarchy of other things. Is that the universe . . . just the cosmos forces being displayed as dynamic energy in-formation signals all along?”
Peirce paused:
“Yes, as I see it, all this universe is perfused with dynamic energized in-formation as signals, if it is not composed exclusively of these signals.”

On the plane out of Kathmandu gazing at the snowcapped Himalayas, I slipped back into the meditative state:
“Where exactly am I now?”
Thomas Ittelson’s voice came to me:
“First, you cannot be a subject of an environment my friend. You can only be a participant. Secondly, the very distinction between self and nonseIf breaks down: the environment surrounds, enfolds, engulfs, and no thing and no one can be isolated and identified as a thing standing outside of, nor apart from it.”

I see. Now I was on a roll. My own voice from decades past caught up to me:
“One great energy loop, portrait of the photon, prototype of all universes, spirals out ahead of the most recent Big Bang . . . Yes! Stretching from zero off on into infinity, etched out of the void-- a spinning loop . . . Yet such is Nature that the loop it enfolds into loops and loop’s loop-t-loops, forming particular loops within loops of mass, within the loop of all things.”
Where am I?
“The oneness of it all, for all these loops making up the particular realities of my finite world there is but one loop in this now of time. In my own space/time all my body’s dynamic energy in-formation of organs, cells, molecules, atoms, and particles harmonize together. Their implicate source cosmos forces broadcast me as a relational participant in our universe. I imagine my new way of seeing things.

About the Author: 
Dr. Bruce is an Adjunct Professor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, at the Albuquerque Center, New Mexico, USA; and at the University of Electrical Science and Technology China, at Chengdu, PR China.

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