William Walker Atkinson, always equal parts mystic and pragmatist, was deeply interested in science throughout his career as a writer. In Atkinson’s view, scientific discoveries and truths about the physical world could only help to confirm the metaphysical truths that he wrote about and championed. The Kybalion has numerous references to atoms, electricity and chemistry, and in the sixth chapter Atkinson states that “science merely corroborates the Hermetic Teachings.”
I recently came across a mention of this 2006 piece in the New York Times (text and images below), and I can only imagine what Atkinson would have thought if he was around to read it. Maybe astonishment, or perhaps a faint smile and shrug of the shoulders.
“The Universe is Mental- held in the Mind of THE ALL.” -The Kybalion
One is only micrometers wide. The other is billions of light-years across. One shows neurons in a mouse brain. The other is a simulated image of the universe. Together they suggest the surprisingly similar patterns found in vastly different natural phenomen.
Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University, is researching how particular types of neurons in the brain are connected to one another. By staining thin slices of a mouse’s brain, he can identify the connections visually. The image above shows three neuron cells on the left (two red and one yellow) and their connections.
An international group of astrophysicists used a computer simulation last year to recreate how the universe grew and evolved. The simulation image above is a snapshot of the present universe that features a large cluster of galaxies (bright yellow) surrounded by thousands of stars, galaxies and dark matter (web).