"Resonance" conjures good vibration. We might read something we resonate with that connects us to the writer we've never met... if we don't resonate, we move on.
In terms of sound, resonance is either a reverberation that fills a space or it's a resonant frequency. Thoughts and ideas with which we identify; for that moment we are pleased to share our mental space with another, to find a harmonic in the resonance we've found.
As with so many things in human existence, we've adapted a word with scientific meaning and applied it to facets of personal realism.
These harmonics we create seem to reverberate across the swathe of social media as in live gatherings of like-minded people. In fact these days we are more likely to find resonance in virtual reality via our phones, this cultural shift being a by-product of technological advancement and possibly the result of political agenda (not to be conspiracy-theorising, you understand). We know that social formats once prevalent (pubs, churches, local clubs etc.) have diminished to a fragment of what they once were, while dependence on technology has left us reliant on virtual social platforms. As a result, we've lost access to interpersonal skills we used to adopt in establishing resonance, like conversation and body language. Instead, we have to trust that what we see on the screen is real - that leaves us open to predation.
Groups on social media are comparatively vast. Thousands flock to be part of movements with which they identify. And this is no bad thing, as we have to engage with each other somehow, co-creating a lift towards our evolution on a resonant thermal, riding a harmonic wave. We're in this together, even if we are taking baby steps against a tsunami seemingly determined to destroy. We're fighting for personal freedom while we chain ourselves to tech; that's either going to work for us or it's going to be our downfall.
Resonance has an ebb and flow to it, harmonics are temporary things. We can't afford to fear change in questing to understand. Virtual reality is exactly that - almost, but not quite, real. Many things thought to be real rely on being imagined as real - quantum physics is full of this. We can learn a lot from those platforms, the thought forms that resonate, a harmony that comes from being part of something meaningful. But we have to stay true to our roots of Self where a note reverberates on the strings of our hearts. The brain doesn't know the difference between reality and imagination - to the mind, it's all the same. When virtual reality serves you well, all well and good. It is what it is - relationships exist. Or do they?
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met quantum mechanics in 1997 and pledged allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies. For professional testimonials please see Programmes.