An Essay on Light
by K.L.M. Kathel
Copyright © 2005
Before we can study the human aura and the way a clairvoyant eye can see, we ought to have a good grasp of the nature of light, how light behaves, as well as how we see under normal circumstances. I am not a physists nor a scientist, so that, the best I can do is to offer up a short essay on the nature of light in the best way I know how---in down to earth simplistic terms. In so doing, the reader should be aware that what I present is a layperson's interpretation of ideas researched and collected and may not represent facts gathered by the scientific communities. In addition, since this essay is geared for helping those who have opened their third eye, or who are beginning to see clairvoyantly, it should be noted that the information here is confined to helping in our understanding of the basic principles of light. It is not meant as a scholarly work, for example; and does not give out a complete picture of all the known facts regarding the nature of light.
As atoms heat up they begin to move more rapidly. These "excited" atoms emit photons of light. Depending upon the intensity of heat, photons will emit differring levels of light. For example: If we were to take a bar of iron and place a flame beneath it, the atoms in the iron would begin to vibrate. The hotter the flame the faster the movement of atoms. Fast moving atoms will emit white photons of light. As the flame is decreased in intensity, the level of movement will drop down again so that the photons produced might be reddish in color rather than white. As the metal cools off completely, light will no longer be emited and the object will return to its normal configuration.
The light that we see, is called visible light or simply, natural light. In layman's terms that visible light that we can see comes from the energy produced by our our sun. In our everyday usage we call it sunlight, but in scientific terms it is also called "radiant energy." Radiant energy can move freely through space as rays or waves. Since sunlight is seen as one continuous stream, the waves of energy emited are often referred to as particles of light rather than as waves. There are different kinds of radiant energies, from radio waves, infrared rays, visible light, ultraviolet rays, x-rays to gamma rays; most of which cannot be seen by the naked eye; yet what can is referred to as our "Visible Light Spectrum."
Energy from our sun is created when a multitude of individualized atoms from our sun releases positively charged photons of light, creating as it were a natural atomic energy source. An atom is the basic building block of all elements and/or materials of matter; both solid, liquid and gaseous. By way of comparison, a molecule is a combination of atoms; some of which may form complex compounds. When I was growing up, there were 90 known natural atomic elements and science was able to produce an additional 25, making a total of 115 known elements; yet today that number has increased to 118. Atoms are made up of three basic particles: Protons (+ charge), Neutrons (no charge) and Electrons (- negative charge); the combination of which, would determine what element we are dealing with.
Since our sun is still in the process of producing usable photons of light, the energy produced is enough to sustain all life on this planet. Except for minute changes, the sun is as potent now as it ever has been and will be able to emit energy billions of years from now as well. Not only do we need light to see, but to sustain the delicate balance of our ecological systems; from the smallest microbe to the largest land, water and air masses that surround us. All mineral, plant and animal life here on this planet would virtually cease to exist without the light from our sun.
As mentioned earlier excited atoms will produce photons of light. Photons of light are surrounded by an electric field and a magnetic field. Because of this, light is also called, electromagnetic radiation, or more aptly, electromagnetic waves. These two fields or waves will always travel at right angles to one another as depicted in the diagram above. They will also travel at right angles to the direction of wave movement. The depth or length of each wave is described as it's aptitude. The aptitude of both electric and magnetic waves will always be in proportion to one another. So that, if the aptitude of one increase or decreases, the other will too. The greater the aptitude (of both) the brighter the light. When the aptitude decreases, so its brightness will deminish.
THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
Unlike oceanic waves or the ripples produced when a rock is thrown into a pond, electromagnetic waves, or if you prefer, particals of light, travel freely through space. Still, there are other types of electromagnetic waves besides light. I am speaking here of gamma rays, x-rays, ultraviolet rays, as well as infrared rays, radio waves as well as microwaves, or particles that are for the most part, invisible to the naked eye. This is because their wave lengths differ from the visible light spectrum in both frequency and wave lengths. For example, microwaves and radio waves have lower frequencies and longer wave lengths than light. Conversely, gamma rays and x-rays have higher frequencies but shorter wave lengths than light. These differences can be measured scientifically. When they are, they can then be graphed and/or arranged to form the electromagnetic spectrum. As you look at the diagram above, please notice that our visible light spectrum falls near the center of the graph and sits between the ultraviolet rays and infrared rays.
Note: Although science may dispute paranormal and/or psychic claims, I tend to believe (but cannot prove) that clairvoyant sight entends beyond our normal field of vision. So that the gifted psychic is able to see into or even past the ultraviolet, x-ray and gamma rays. Conversely, clairaudiants or those who have the ability to hear psychically are more than likely in tune to the infrared, radio waves, and microwave end of the electromagnetic spectrum. There may even be ranges above and below the electromagnetic spectrum that the psychic or mystic can either see, hear or sense; but of course, this cannot be proven scientifically---yet! They cannot be proven because the extent of these "unknown" waves may very well belong to other dimensions entirely; but dimensions that must intersect ours. Yet we do know they exist because sages, mystics, and psychics have been documenting their experiences for many a millennium. They all can't be wrong, for example.
Natural sunlight is called a 'Continuous Spectrum' because it contains all the various wave lengths of light and does not have any missing colors. In other words, when it comes to the visible light that we see, white light is all the colors combined. (Still, this white light is not the light that clairvoyants describe seeing via the usage of their third eye). The human eye does not see light as white light perse'; yet we know it exists by the very fact that we can see daylight. Instead, we are capable of seeing the rays that make up white light and in the form of colors. Those colors are six in number and range from the reds at one end of the spectrum to the violets at the other. In between are the oranges, yellows, greens and blues. This we do know, not only by looking at a natural rainbow, but by taking a triangular glass prism, passing light through it, so that the six colors of the rainbow are revealed to us as bands of color. Scientifically though, scientist have developed a special instrument called the Spectroscope which can measure each individual wave lengths or bands of color.
Scientists measure a wave length of light in units called angstroms. One angstrom is about 0.0000001 millimeter in length. Red, the shortest wave length is 7,000 angstroms; orange is about 6,000 angstroms; yellow which sits approximately at the middle of the light spectrum is approximately 5,800 angstoms; green is 5,000 angstroms; blue 4,500 angstroms; while violet the longest wave length is about 4,000 angstroms.
OTICS AND HOW LIGHT BEHAVES
The study of light is called optics. By observing how light behaves as it meets different materials we can gain a better understanding of light, color and of how we see. As light falls upon an object, one of several principles take effect. They are: reflection; refraction; and absorbtion. Light can also be scattered, it can come across an interference, or it can be diffracted.
These basic principles are important for the student of auric sight to understand, because in doing so, he or she will be able to discern the difference between a so-called "real" event and a psychic one. Under normal conditions light travels and at 186,000 miles per second and in a straight line, unless one or several of these other principles be applied.
Reflection is what happens when light is thrown back as light hits an object. The shinnier the object the more light will be reflected away from that object. Refraction occurs when light bends or curves as it moves away from an object. Diffraction is the process by which light spreads out instead of traveling in a straight line. This can happen if light passes through a small opening; and although subtle, this kind of behavior is very similar to the action of waves produced by a rock thrown into a pond of water. Interference occurs when two or more waves of light meet thereby creating an even brighter light.
LIGHT AND COLOR
When light hits an object sometimes it is absorbed rather then reflected. Different materials will absorb and reflect light differently. This is most helpful in understanding how we see color. The reason we see a red apple as red, for example, is because all the other colors of the visible spectrum have been absorbed into the apple leaving only the red rays bouncing off of it and making their way to our eye. A tree is green because it is relaying that colored ray back to us while absorbing and utilizing all the other rays. Similarily for any other object that we can see. The absence of all light will produce no color or black or a darkness. Yet it is important to realize that black is not part of the Visible Light Spectrum. (Then again, neither is white).
Note: In layman's terms, the reason "white" does not exist as a color is because what we erroneously call white light is the entire Visible Light Spectrum. Still, it not a color. In other words, a natural rainbow does not contain 7 colors, but 6. This bares repeating because it is a vital concept for the clairvoyant, in his or her understanding of the Not-Visible-Light; which is not and never has been part of our Visible Light Spectrum; but is something other. In simple terms, the light a clairvoyant sees is not governed by the same set of scientific principles. We are not on the same wavelengths, for example; and our abilities to see what extends outside of our narrow field of vision, may indeed go beyond it. Similarily, the sounds a clairaudiant hears may also go beyond the normal range of the opposite end of our spectrum of visible light. It cannot be explained by science or physics, for example. Conversely, just because the average person can see "light" does not mean they are capable of clairvoyant sight.
(By way of Addition and Subtraction)
When dealing with light, (and in layman's terms), there are three primary colors of light: red, green and blue. All three primary colors combined will produce white light when they are added to one another. This is easy to display. All one would need are three search lights or a projector with three lenses; along with sheets of red, green and blue ascetate plastic or colored glass lenses or filters. Just cover the lens of the search light or projector, turn the power on, and beam all three lights onto the same area. Play around with adding or subtracting the various lights, and you will see what is being decribed in the above graphic. For example, by subtracting the blue light, one could not produce white light. What will be produced is a yellow light by the adding of red and green only.
As you can see from the diagram above, a complementary color is formed by combining the two other primary colors. Three secondary or complementary colors are available to us: yellow, magenta and blue-green. From left to right: red and green when added together form yellow. Red and blue combined form a magenta; while green and blue blend together to form a blue-green or teal. What is interesting is this: Were we to beam any of the three complementary colors and place them together with any one of the three primary colors we would still end up with white light. Were we to block off or subtract any color in the spectrum, the remaining colors would form its complement. In other words, in order to create white light, our light spectrum needs all three primary colors, red, green and blue in some form or combination. Another way of saying that is this: Complementary colored lights are any two colors that can create white light when blended together. For example, yellow and blue-green can produce a white light. This is so because yellow is really a combination of red and green. Hence the condition of having all three primary colors is met.
PAINT PIGMENTS AND COLOR
(Primary and Secondary Colors)
By way of contrast, something unique happens were we to mix paint pigments. Were we to combine all the pure colors of a palette we would end up with beautiful black. No combination of pure colors will ever produce white, however. A pure tube of white is made from a combination of metals, usually zinc, titanium or lead. A straight tube of black is made from minerals such as, carbon or slate. And although we can take all the transparent colors of a palette and end up with a beautiful black; no combination of transparent colors will ever produce a pure white but some shade of gray.
Note: When talking in terms of paint pigments, the term "white" is akin to an eggshell white or to the color of milk. It is not the same as any reference to white light, either scientifically or mystically.
In paints, there are three primary colors: red, yellow and blue. Red and yellow will produce orange; yellow and blue will produce green; while red and blue will produce violet. By utilizing or combining the three primary colors we can create three more secondary colors, thus reproducing, in effect, the six colors of a rainbow, but on our palette.
Complementrary colors tend to cancel one another out or more aptly nueturalize or tone one another down; but in the study of the human aura, they can be utilized to heal one another. By further mixing, we can also create other hues like lemon, turquoise, indigo, purple, magenta, and scarlet. Blue compliments red; violet compliments yellow; while magenta complemetns green. A turquoise will compliment scarlet, indigo compliments orange, purple compliments lemon, and so on. Unlike the study of colored lights, complimentary colored paint pigments do not form white.
HOW WE SEE
The human eye is an extremely complex and delicate organ. It allows us to see the world around us with precision and accuracy. Measuring about 2.5 centimeters across it helps us to conduct our daily activites with relative ease. The human eye allows us to see both in strong daylight as well as dimmed nighttime light. Unaided by machine or microscope, the human eye can see minute particles as small as the point of a pin or see at great distances even unto the universe in which we live, move, and have our being. And although psychics claim to see things that may not belong to this reality, I doubt very much whether clairvoyant sight can be attributed to the functionality of the human eye. The best we can do in this short essay it to discribe in very simplistic terms how our medical sciences say we see.
As light comes into the cornea of the eye the light rays are bent inward toward each other, enters the aqueous humor, goes through the pupil of the eye where these very same light rays are now bent away from one another. So that, by the time light rays reach the retina or the back of the eye where cones and rods are located, light as well as images are reversed and placed upside down. Then it and travels along the optic nerve until it reaches the visual cortex or occipital lobe located at the back of the brain; which then renders an interpretation of what we are seeing. Still, the question remains: How does the psychic see?
What surprised me years ago, is when I learned that there were only 6 colors to a natural rainbow and not 7; (seven being the mystical number); but in down to earth scientific terms the 7th would have to be visible light when it is not broken up into individual rays. Those colors range from red at one end of the visible spectrum (7,000 angstoms), to violet at (4,000 angstroms). We are here talking about the electromagnetic aspect of light, which is a combination of electric waves and magnetic waves. Red is the shortest wave length and ultra violet the longest. When light enters a glass prism, it can be broken down into individual component parts or streams. Sunlight contains all the different colored waves; so that in essence, the reds, oranges, greens, blues and violet are all part of that bright yellow orangie light we see during the day. IOW, all the colors are contained in what we would normally describe as yellow light---and by way of analogy. Scientifically, however, the reason we see light as differring colors is because of how light behaves as it hits different kinds of materials and how these waves are either reflected, refracted or absorbed back to us.
Light must follow certain known laws. So that if an object be in the path of the sun's rays a shadow will form on the opposite side; because that object has blocked out or absorbed those rays. Our retina will not see color on the opposing side of that object for example. We will see it as a shadow.
Mystically, a person could be sitting in a darkened room, or in a candlelit room, and he or she may see lights that should not be there; and yes in the form or brilliant iridescent colors. That kind of light is not seen from the occipital lobe of the brain but from the third eye area, which is directly related to the hypothalamus, pituitary, pineal glands, in my opinion. It is also my opinion, that when a clairvoyant sees light or color he or she is traveling on the violet spectrum and beyond to the ultra violet. When a psychic hears sounds that are not there he or she is responding to the opposite end of the spectrum and is hearing, (in my not so scientific terms), microwaves and is working from the red side of the spectrum.
For the clairvoyant to say, they see "white light" or that white light is universal healing light, they are referring to a light that cannot be seen by the human eye. It is not white as we know it---not milky in tone or texture. It cannot even be described correctly without misinforming. It is soft, mercurian in nature, transparent and translucent; extremely brilliant; not hot, not cold, but contains a sublime peace and comfort as well as universal healing power. Now some people have described this light as silvery in tone while others say it has a golden hue to it. They have even broken it down to silvery white being the masculine aspect of God; whilst the golden rays are likened to the feminine aspect of diety. In alchemy, it is the philosopher's stone; the thing that so many seek yet cannot find; for She is the Wisdom of Sophia. Anything below it is fools gold... and yes, even the real deal; in my opinion. Silver comes from the mind whereas gold comes from the heart.
Solomon tells us in his Book of Wisdom,
"Wherefore I wished, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of Wisdom came upon me: And I preferred her before kingdoms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precious stone: for all gold in comparison of her, is as a little sand, and silver in respect to her shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her instead of light: for her light cannot be put out. (Wis 7: 7-9).
In a most beautiful Vedantic poem we are told,
"I am the light of lights; I am the sun; I am the real, real sun; the apparent sun is my symbol only. In dreams we see objects not by the light of a lamp, nor by the light of the moon, sun, or stars, and yet we see them. If without light we cannot see, then with what light do we see light? It is the light of my real self; it is the light of my Atman, and it is my light that makes everything visible in my dreams."