Every cloud has a silver lining – except nuclear mushroom clouds which, have a lining of strontium 90, cesium 137 and other radioactive isotopes. Upon detonation, atoms are literally gutted and gluttoned at temperatures exceeding that of the surface of our Sun.
Richard Fineman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965. He also helped develop the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos. In “The Meaning Of It All” he wrote “Is science of any value? I think a power to do something is of value. Whether the result is a good thing or a bad thing depends on how it is used, but the power is value… Every man is given the key to the gates of heaven. The same key opens the gates of hell. And so it is with science.”
“Everything we invent or discover within it is a key to the gates of heaven, but the same key will also open the gates to hell.”
The Titan 2 missile is great for delivering lethal nuclear warheads, but it also sent Gemini astronauts to space preparing us for a mission to the moon. Science doesn’t tell us how to use keys – it finds them or predicts them. How we use the keys is up to us.
Teotl as Ultimate Reality
At the heart of Nahua philosophy stands the thesis that there exists a single, dynamic, vivifying, eternally self-generating and self-regenerating sacred power, energy or force: what the Nahuas called teotl.
“The real meaning of [teotl] is spirit — a concentration of power as a sacred and impersonal force. Teotl implies something more than the idea of the divine manifested in the form of a god or gods; instead it signifies the sacred in more general terms”.
Teotl continually generates and regenerates as well as permeates, encompasses, and shapes the cosmos as part of its endless process of self-generation-and–regeneration. That which humans commonly understand as nature — e.g. heavens, earth, rain, humans, trees, rocks, animals, etc. — is generated by teotl, from teotl as one aspect, facet, or moment of its endless process of self-generation-and-regeneration. Yet teotl is more than the unified totality of things; teotl is identical with everything and everything is identical with teotl.
Awakening the Silent Seed
Your mind has a natural ability to be quiet. When it becomes quiet, you are in touch with your genius. Albert Einstein said the ideas that led him to the theory of relativity came during moments of quiet reflection.
Mozart heard sonatas and symphonies resonating through the silent reaches of his mind. All he had to do was write them down. We know that Isaac Newton came up with laws of motion and gravity while relaxing under an apple tree. Whether he actually got hit in the head by that apple or not, no one knows, but there is no doubt that his quiet mind yielded a treasure of knowledge.
We could cite more examples, but you get the point. Silent mind has great creativity. But this is not all. Silent mind is peaceful, blissful and healthy, and radiates these qualities out through the person to the surroundings. People who know how to cultivate quiet mind not only are in touch with their inner creativity, they also radiate a youthfulness and optimism that effects everyone nearby. They have “good vibrations”.