by Carmela Chavez
published on March 10, 2011
Carmela Chavez is a thinker, writer and artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico with a background in social science, law, politics, business and private health care. Her education includes a Bachelors degree from UNM and a Doctor of Law degree from Harvard. Carmela practiced law for 15 years and became a legal consultant in 1998.
Carmela first encountered Joseph Campbell's work through the Power of Myth interviews with Bill Moyers on PBS in 1989. It was not long after the Joseph Campbell Foundation website was started that she joined the Conversations of A Higher Order forums as "Carmela" (later "CaveBear" and then "CarmelaBear"), where she is a valued contributor. Carmela also founded the JCF Mythological RoundTable group in Albuquerque, which remains a going concern.
Carmela's most intense interest is in the peaceful creation of a high quality of life for all human beings on a thriving planet through worldwide institutional change.
As of this hour, there is no theory unifying the impossibly inward universe of quantum mechanics with the ordered and predictable world of Newtonian physics. In the world of Newton's apple, we can see and touch the source of our dreams and nightmares, our Mother Earth. Earth is the ground of our being and audience to a vast, awesome and infinitely powerful Sky Father who presides over all that we can ever know. Their Son, our brother, at the center of our solar system, is that great ball of fire granting the seering truth of light by halves, as night's shadow claims our souls and the obscurity of earth's own dust and clouds challenges our days.
Our nuclear family of natural phenomena includes a sister. Our quantum sister has been with us all along, quietly tugging at our sense of what is real and what is fair. For millenia, intuition has provided clues to the secrets of the god who is the daughter of earth and sky. Now that she is allowing herself to become better known, we realize with greater clarity that she does, indeed, maintain her own set of rules.
What seems to us to be a "new" knowledge and communication of the inner reaches of space and time has quickly given rise to a study of natural phenomena once the sole province of spirituality and religion. We see our world anew. With these new eyes, we discover the key to what is our current and thoroughly astounding transformation of consciousness. Our family of matching pairs is complete, and the dynamics of this solid, four-sided mythic structure is only beginning to be realized.
The Daughter is waves and particles. Her atoms are being identified and labelled and we have had the temerity to create collisions that split her wide open. By this daring experiment, we set off a chain reaction that mushrooms into a carcenogenic mass of raging destruction. Our latest attempt to control the vagaries of our own frail lives threatens fundamental conditions sustaining our species as a collective. No sooner have we made a name for ourselves and we are now in possession of the miraculous, poison pill of nuclear energy.
Quanta presents us with a unique choice that we dare not make our own. We can take what we know of her and use it for our own total destruction or we can decide to live and breathe in some semblance of psycological balance in order to create a sustainable Self.
We behold her explosive atomic reaction, and we are afraid. This sacred knowledge belongs to us if we dare claim it within nature's own limits. Notwithstanding the lack of a single theory of how the whole of nature works, we can find a path to the secret garden and there, learn to walk again.
We are beginning to know her. She is a universe of strange and enchanting realities, accessible through the gateway of mathematics and making her presence known as the nano-resident of a splendid netherworld, offering us possibilities we never had the imagination to create on our own.
There is the spirit of Pele and Gaia, the earth goddess who gives birth to the life we know. She makes our home habitable and nurturing. There is the god of the firmament that stretches out beyond our dreams and suggests infinite frontiers we are challenged to explore forever. There is the light and warmth of our days and nights, the sun god who can save us from shadow and provides an immediate and accessible beacon of hope. These are the gods of Newton's science.
Einstein came upon a secret garden, the energy that equals the MC-squared. He bopped us over the head with a vision of her invisible mysteries as if they could finally be taken over, controlled and conquered. She answered Albert by saying "Nice try".
Quanta gave Oppenheimer the shock of his life and put Thor's hammer in the hands of a democratically-elected public official. She can be the god of humanity's suicidal tendencies and the irrational god of odd behavior, but she demands the respect we owe to power. She lives in her own realm, the ultimate keeper of the micro-universe underlying everything we have come to know so well.