As someone who considers them self to be animistic, the idea and concept of connections are intrinsic in my understanding of my place in a spiritual and physical environment.
My practice is very much tied to a connection to and through the land I live on. The land both facilitates and nourishes this connection.
The recent news about the probable existence of the Higgs-Bosun particle and the consequences of such a particle permeating all of “empty” space has led to a strengthening of my convictions about the nature of connections. Before this particle was discovered, space was thought to be an empty void. All of life was tied to a physical environment because of this absence of evidence for anything existing in this void. The void did not possess the necessary constituents needed to meet the definition of something capable of supporting life, namely particles.
The realization that “empty” space is actually not empty at all, made me reconsider my understanding of what actually may now accurately constitute physicality.
In a scientific frame of reference, something that is considered to be physical is composed of particles arranged in varying degrees of frequency and sophistication. Before this discovery, there appeared to be a clear boundary between what was physical and space, which was thought to be devoid of particles and therefore, by default, devoid of physicality.
Now that this emptiness is actively being reconsidered in the light of this discovery, if we now apply the earlier frame of reference in regards as to what constitutes physicality, is it now possible to positively define that which is physical and that which is not?
Surely we no longer have the comfort of a clear boundary as the supposed empty void of space is actually no such thing. Is it now possible to state for definate where physicality starts and ends?
Therefore I find myself considering a proposition that suggests that if the requirement for something to be described as being physical centres around the premise that physicality is measured by the collective arrangement and frequency of varying amounts and configurations of particles, can we now still consider there to be that boundary between ourselves and space?
As far as I can see it at this present minute in time, at the very least, the presence of these particles may represent at the basic end, a permanent connection between all things in our own universe. Using the very basic definition of physicality that suggests for something to exist, it must comprise of particles, has our universe now taken on a whole lot more physicality? And does this suggest a possible vehicle by which connections are made through the cosmos in a very physical sense? The realization through this evidence that all things really are connected?