By the time you read this, I’m sure you’ve already heard what is becoming the biggest news to come out of the scientific community in our history. Scientists have identified the Higgs Boson particle, or what is being called “the God particle”. The ramifications are echoing throughout both the scientific and the spiritual communities.
What is the Higgs Boson particle?
I’m not a scientist or a physicist so my understanding of this is crudely elementary at best but I’ll try to explain it as simply as I understand it and trust you to research more deeply if you need to. Physicists have held a near perfect theory of how the Universe works called “The Standard Model”. This model explains all of the particles that make up atoms and molecules and all the matter we see, along with more exotic particles. Unfortunately this nearly perfect model has had one gaping hole. The model explains mass, the physical Universe and all it contains, as it exists but it doesn’t explain how it became mass to begin with.
Peter Higgs first theorized that a field must exist through which particles like protons, neutrons and quarks gain mass by interacting with an invisible electromagnetic field who’s existence predates the universe; “the Higgs field.” Some of the particles cut through the Higgs field without picking up mass, while others get bogged down (similar to dropping beads through syrup), accumulating mass. His theory states that if true, this “invisible” field should have an associated particle called the Higgs boson; a particle that supervises interactions with other particles and the electromagnetic “Higgs” field- exchanging virtual Higgs particles with it.
Why is the Higgs Boson particle so important?
In short and to be blunt, the Higgs Boson is the reason we exist. If it didn’t exist, neither would the physical Universe. There would be nothing but particles endlessly zipping around. Nothing else could or would form.
Why did it take so long to identify the Higgs Boson particle?
Physicists at CERN have been diligently working to identify this particle for years. The reason its existence has been so elusive is because it decays into more stable particles almost instantly. In order to produce the particle, scientists have had to recreate conditions mimicking “the big bang” in the Hadron collider. The result of the collision exists for only a septillionth of a second. Trillions of such collisions produced massive amounts of data that had be sorted through. It was a tedious process.
What does this mean for the future?
It means science has opened the door to understanding creation. They can only speculate at this point how many other doors this will open for future research but the ramifications are staggering. Only time will tell how many more discoveries are waiting to be made.
We’re also nearing the point where the scientific world melds with the spiritual world. I think we’re on the eve of learning that both are just different ways of perceiving the same thing. One is empirically measured and proven intellectual theories led by great thinkers, the other intuited by the heart via still minds taught and fostered by the great masters. Both are reaching the same conclusions. This means a broader acceptance by humankind and a deeper understanding of who and what we really are and where we came from. Old myths that no longer serve mankind will lose their hold in a world they no longer serve. Paradigms will be shattered and put back together anew. And the most important part of all of this is all of humanity is watching this unfold together. We’re on the brink of moving together as one into this new era.
Perhaps the Mayans, and many other culture’s prophecies, were onto something with their projection of an ending coming to pass in 2012. Perhaps instead of the destruction of civilization it meant the destruction of old and deeply set ways of thinking and the beginning of a new age for a kinder and more intelligent mankind. Many in the spiritual community have been pointing towards a major shift in consciousness coming and I can think of no greater precursor than the marriage of science and spirituality to usher that in on a physical level.
These are exciting times. Change is always bumpy but I think the world is ready for it. In this sense, the Higgs Boson discovery very well may be the “God” particle who is finally smiling down upon us all.