Excellence Reporter: Dr. Rauscher, what is the meaning of life?
Elizabeth A. Rauscher: We stand in awe and bliss at the beauty and majesty of the evolving spark of creation. So vast and gorgeous is our Universe. Our mind, in the search for truth and knowledge, stands at the forefront of the cast of existence.
My meaning of life is to deeply know life’s meaning and purpose, and to explore the harmony, apparent duality, and mystery of the universe and my mind. As Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
At 4 years of age, during a much unhappy childhood, I contemplated “What is the meaning of life? What have I gotten myself into?” I desired to try to figure “It” out! Part of my experiences of “It” were my summers spent on our farm-ranch, with the beauty and glory and harmony I felt in the redwoods of northern California. To me, the interconnected web of Nature felt kind and gentle, and stood in gorgeous unity; in stark contrast to the human emotions of anger, frustration, dissatisfaction, etc. Yes, in Nature, things eat each other. Sattva, rajas and tamas prevailed (growth, maintaining and decay in Hinduism). How could this wondrous balance exist and evolve, including major changes following major extinctions and the arrival of new species?
At 9 years of age, I met an astrophysicist who talked about the billions and billions of stars and galaxies and, in those days, one could see the special band of the Milky Way! I built six telescopes between 9 and 15 years of age. I decided to study the very small, the atom, and the very large, the cosmos, and somewhere in this knowledge would lay the nature of consciousness! The ultimate instrument for doing science, love, or anything, is consciousness! The beauty of the symmetry of Nature is basic to epistemology and to inspiration or direct knowing. The interwoven strands of observation, analysis and inspiration lead to an ever-expanding, ongoing path of knowledge.
Clues in quantum physics yield the knowledge that each individual, each creature, affects the path of Nature and that we are all interconnected! We are all One.
The vast lesson of life and the full existence of the embrace of it, is to go for knowing the Universe 100 percent, and discover love, contentment and joy in all creation and to tweak reality a bit to make things better. This is what gives meaning to our lives.
~Elizabeth A. Rauscher, Ph.D. is a world-renowned physicist and parapsychologist. She is a former researcher with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the Stanford Research Institute, and NASA. In 1975 Dr. Rauscher co-founded the Berkeley Fundamental Fysiks Group, an informal group of physicists who met weekly to discuss quantum mysticism and the philosophy of quantum physics.
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