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The Electric Microcosm


In this section we will develop some insights with respect to the fascinating world of electricity in the microcosm. You may download a full presentation in PDF format here (also available from the download menu).
A broader philosophical perspective may be found at the section "The Cosmic Bloodstream" of the Lucis Trust site.

Seen from the generally accepted point of view complex living organisms originate from basic elements. There is a “building up,” from atoms to small molecular units to large bio molecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, DNA and RNA and finally the basic unit of life, the cell. Living organisms and even individual cells can be extremely complex and diverse.

“Vital forces,” energy and electricity play a major role in the maintenance of physical life. For example in plants photosynthesis takes place in chloroplasts, where light is converted into chemical energy. This energy is then used by the plant for all kinds of activities and functions. In the human cell the mitochondria are the structures where useful energy is produced.

How is energy mobilized in living systems?

Much of the energy in living systems comes from the hydrolysis of a special molecule that acts as the universal energy transacting intermediate in the body. In its “charged up” form it is ATP, or adenosine triphosphate – with three phosphate groups joined to one another and to the chemical group adenosine. ATP “discharges” its energy by splitting off a phosphate group at the end, to give the “discharged” form, ADP or adenosine diphosphate.

In the human cells energy (ATP) is generated by the power of electron transport along the inner membrane of the mitochondrion coupled with proton transport across the inner mitochondrial membrane. In the process of ATP production out of the chemical and electrical interactions a form of useful energy is produced, which can be used by the cell. You can compare this with a mechanical motor, where also useful energy is produced (equivalent of ATP) as well as heat. In both cases the heat can only be dissipated into the environment.

Several similarities can be noted between the electric aspects of the universe and the cell. In both cases the concept of a double layer plays an essential role. Also the electricity involved is always dynamic, not static. And as in many cases plasma, as cytoplasm in the cell, plays a crucial role as a medium or vehicle where all these processes take place.

It is for this reason that medical science will eventually find the truth (and already they are sensing it) that it is impossible to fundamentally change the personality and the physical equipment of a man through treating the glands themselves......

This situation will remain as it is until modern medical science recognises that the world of causes (as far as the endocrine glands are concerned) is the etheric body with its seven centres; they will then register the fact that all work in relation to the glands must be shifted away from the seven effects or precipitations of the centres on to the centres themselves.

The healer, therefore, ignores the gland involved and deals directly with the centre which conditions the “point of friction” and controls the area under its influence; this necessarily includes the gland which the centre has created, formed or precipitated and energised. (Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Healing, page 626)

Electricity cannot, except under prepared conditions, be seen, yet it is matter. The universal ether of science no one ever saw, yet it is matter in a state of extreme tenuity.
(H.P. Blavatsky Collected Writings Vol IV)