We all fall one way or another. We fall in love, we fall from grace, we fall into 'states'. But what is falling? And why do we use that term?
The story of The Fall is convoluted. Biblically, an Archangel fell from hierarchy on purporting to take the place of God. Subsequently turning into a serpent, tempting Eve to fall from her position of purity and take Adam down along with her. The Archangel concerned was, among other things, known as the Bringer of Enlightenment, and while the Tree of Knowledge was the one sporting the fatal apple, the Tree of Life was central to the force of existence. Once privy to the Knowledge bestowed by the fruit of said Tree, we (humans) came to know the difference between good and evil, which we didn't know before. One train of thought associates the serpent with salvation. That's ecclesiastical argument for you.
Electrons, the particles which govern the energetic properties of atoms, rise and fall in 'shells'. The lower the energy level, the lower the shell. Gravitationally, that is, as the nucleus of the atom carries its own gravity. As this differential depends on photons (particles of light), clearly the more energy our atoms possess, the more light is involved in the equation. Our 'state' may depend directly on the amount of light within our atomic structure, explaining why a positive disposition feels lighter than a negative disposition, which feels 'heavy'.
A positive outlook contributes to our ability to do things, to sense clearly, to view with optimism. A heavy heart, on the other hand, leads to inertia, confusion and a tendency towards cynicism. In line with the wave equation familiar in quantum physics, we move through these states temporarily, with corresponding peaks and troughs. Nothing is forever, after all. When we fall, we inevitably get up again.
Some say that 'Quantum' is just a trendy word bandied about for effect. Yet the quantum relationship to our states of being is evident - knowledge of basic quantum mechanics is essential to our understanding of many effects we encounter on our journey through life. Knowing about positron annihilation allows us to appreciate what is happening when we are full of positive energy, feeling good and moving forward. Creating photons in the process, we correspondingly become 'light', and other people recognise this, describing our disposition in such a state as 'sunny', 'bright', and 'glowing'.
In certain situations, we can maintain a sunny disposition for a long time, but inevitably we must eventually drop back to a less vibrant version of being in order to avoid 'burning out'.
So when we fall, in whatever context, it's important to bear in mind the temporary nature of all things, including our own states, and having been attributed with Knowledge, we can only build upon what we know and learn more as we go along. Mistakes are part of the human nature, and we seek to avoid their repetition - sometimes the degree of effort involved causes us to repeat them anyway, but there's always another chance. Take your knowledge with you and put it to good use - there's no effort involved in trust. We may be free to do as we wish, but we're unable to dictate what will happen in life, or to control what others do in the course of their own path. Accepting the flow of circumstantial duality may prove a challenge in the face of our traditional teachings, the pressure to 'succeed', the temptation to excel, the fear of failure. Yet we know, at heart, that acceptance is essential, and perhaps the strongest foundation for our natural ability to find purpose in the challenges we face.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.