National Nuclear Security, Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston.
I am writing to you as the “symbolic person” in charge of nuclear research and development in the UK. This role is a lot to ask of one person, so please know this letter is intended for general perusal. I am seeking to encourage the “nuclear authorities” to reflect seriously on the family nature of the atom, and then enlarge this simple insight into seeing the whole living nature of the particle world.
I know this suggestion goes against the grain of the scientific account. Yet it matches the evidence when we adjust our focus and go looking for it. I advocate this whole view because I believe it opens the door for much more creative work with the energy in the atom. In this regard, I commend to you the idea of looking into the Atomic World with Rupert Bear’s pre-conceptual curiosity. He is a friend from childhood, with an innocent view of the world and Universe, which to my mind provides us with a fresh way of looking at the universal nature of the Atomic realm.
I trust you will hear that I am not anti-nuclear. On the contrary, my abiding sense is that the Atomic World deserves to be studied with a much wider range of our intellectual resources. Because of the needs of war, the Americans (with British participation) ‘rushed into the particle world’ and ‘overnight’ developed the first series of nuclear weapons. We have stayed with that same basic fission technology (along with the growing number of nuclear nations) without ever pausing and looking into the Atomic World with the kind of anthropological interest that we would normally bring to a newly discovered continent.
There is unusual resistance in our Western mind for considering the social nature of the particle world. Yet some factor in my upbringing helped me “slip through the hedge” and look at our nuclear work from both the inside and the outside. I have sought to explain this intellectual process by saying how we need to see the particle world with both sides of our ‘dual processor’ brain. Treat objective and subjective data as being of equal value. This is when the whole and holographic nature of the nuclear processes become evident, which in turn flags up the social and sentient nature of the particle world.
The rewards, and the challenge, if I am reading the situation correctly, is that we humans, we Humanity, then have a conceptual framework which indicates the potential we have to develop a collective spiritual process that could, in the first instance, treat the painful nature of the fissioned particles – the phenomena we mostly know as radiation. And if this is possible, then in the same moment, the nuclear weapons start to look mutable and vulnerable.
How are you doing so far with these comments ? They are not easy at first: but later on, my sense is they become quite obvious. I have created a web site <www.nucleargodeeper.com> which seeks to show how an inquiry that combines objective and subjective data leads to a renewed awareness of the principle known in ancient times by the phrase “as above, so below”. This principle has been renamed by quantum theorists as the “holographic nature” of our Universe. A key insight of the ‘holographic principle’ is the perception that the same forms of energy are in the atoms as are in us humans, more especially, in our family systems. The fact that the particles are as small to us as we are small to the Sun and the Moon, conveys the overall symmetry, and similarity of energetic processes, that is built into this whole universal system that we are within and part of.
I was born in Kenya, into an archetypal British colonial household. Then sent as a boy to the UK for ‘public schooling’. When I later worked in the nuclear industry, this privileged upbringing helped me see how our attitudes and treatment of the particle world is a virtual re-enactment of our imperial British attitudes and treatment of the native populations of Africa. Step back from the detail of the physics, and consider how we are now caught up in a scramble to colonise and exploit the subcontinent of “Atomica”. If we can begin to see and think of our nuclear work in these terms, we have vastly improved our ability to respond to the nuclear issues that trouble out times (…said the Wise Old Goat, speaking to Rupert Bear).
The analogy of our imperial behaviour in Africa, and now in “Atomica”, becomes sharper and darker the more we enter into it. History appears to be repeating itself. I would suggest that in this context, what goes on inside of our nuclear reactors is like a modern version of the Atlantic Slave Trade.
I know it is difficult for our scientific mind to consider these metaphoric and symbolic insights: but there is a useful skill that I think we all have, of using our imagination to enter this story – while using our knowledge of the physics to keep us on track – and then being able to participate in the chase. My concern is for the way we as a culture have chosen to limit our view of the particle world. We exclude a range of information because it is deemed subjective ! This means our understanding of the particle world remains incomplete.
To develop this observation a tad further: Radiation, for example, is the release of vast quantities of negatively-charged energy. We know it as harmful and pain-full. Yet we carefully avoid inquiring about the quality of the pain, even while this information would alert us to the processes and effects going on amongst the particles. We have conditioned ourselves to be fearful of this subject when it really deserves our compassionate concern, needs attending to with our emotional intelligence. We surely have the capacity for this kind of approach, even if the Americans or North Koreans ignore it. The same with the mushroom cloud effect. It has become a symbol used to alarm the population when it is in effect an extraordinary display of the loving and sexual nature of the universal energies we now know how to release out of matter. If we look more to the subjective aspects of our nuclear work, then we are immediately better informed and prepared for future work within this next level of our shared Universe.
My home-made web site is surely imperfect and incomplete. Nonetheless, it begins to outline the universal context of our nuclear work. This is not an entirely new picture so much as an ancient understanding that needs reframing (mainly in the cellar section) in order to accommodate the perception of another generation of life being ‘downstairs’ from where we are, in this our shared universal home. By discussing the subject with metaphors and parables, we can recognise the family nature of our Universe and the family dynamic of the relationship between us humans, us Humanity, and the particle world.
I can not help but note the numbers of visitors from China coming by and downloading the contents of my web site. My sense is that their culture is instinctively comfortable with this Yin Yang, dualistic perception of nuclear power that I am outlining. Whereas our Western mind – conditioned and confined to working with the single-minded, left-brain, physics-only, Newtonian view of the particle world – is brittle and uneasy and defensive with this whole view. Indeed, it looks to me that we have laboured to create and fortify an intellectual understanding of nuclear power that is a modern equivalent of the “Maginot Line”. While it works to protect our present perception of the nuclear subject, it looks hugely vulnerable and easily turned, or overturned and outflanked, as by these fairly straight-forward right-brain observations I have made of the subject.
If you/we could throttle back the physics and send more fuel to the metaphysical engine, it would surely make this subject fly more evenly. If we then look down and see how similar the behaviour of the particles is to our own, we gain a facility, like an equivalent to radar, which provides us with early warning of what might happen as we disturb or seek to interact with the “consciousness” of the world downstairs.
We have some ideas and experience, here in the Community at Findhorn, how we might develop a collective ‘energetic’ process (mainly by singing together with extra-ordinary discipline) to determine if we can indeed influence events at the particle level. In the first instance, to determine if we could measurably reduce the level of radiation in a radioactive isotope. But we are too few, and without the technical support, to take this idea any further. You might like to either support our inquiry, or start down this path yourselves. I’d flag up the fairly obvious factor, that women’s presence and prescience and social insight and skills and power are an essential part of this whole ‘healing the atom’ approach.
Well, I hope you and your team will find your interest taken and challenged and duly rewarded by this holographic view of the Atomic World and nuclear subject. The ‘holographic view’, to reiterate my understanding, is the universal picture generated by a balanced mix of objective knowledge and subjective experience. In other words, a blend of scientific inquiry and spiritual experience. I wish the Church would involve itself in the nuclear subject. (We can not live by physics alone !) Instead of speaking to us from the moral high ground, the real work is to get down on our knees and listen at the cracks in the floor boards of our dimension, that we might hear and recognise the cries of distress coming up from the fissioned particles. This is the kind of imaginative response that our Rupert Bear nature is good at, which then gives our adult mind ideas to examine and see if they fit what we know goes on down in there.
I’d be happy to extend this discussion at any time or place. I have sought to bring this account to the attention of the MoD, and the nuclear industries and its’ agencies. No one is particularly keen to support it. The unease of owning nuclear weapons and reactors and radioactive waste is presently preferable to the unease that comes from considering the ‘holographic Universe’ paradigm, and all that this implies.
There. That is surely enough for one letter. I hope you will pass it around and have the “group mind” of your establishment well on this subject. It needs more than individual consideration. In any event, good wishes. I trust that wisdom will prevail and inform our future endeavours.
Ian Turnbull. Findhorn. Scotland.