The Ripple Effect of Love and Compassion: an Everlasting Antidote to Humanity
A social theory exclaims that the development of the human race is not a linear forward movement, but rather, it develops in cycles. Nations have risen and fallen, civilizations have appeared and perished, and many other processes of human society may have appeared and disappeared. During those series of rises and falls, the world is yearning for a shift in consciousness. Our collective consciousness is expanding. We are more aware of what is going on (for better and for worse), striving to understand our inherent value, learning to reframe a more positive mindset, creating a meaningful impact, and building healthier and connected lives. Humanity is becoming aware of our interconnected power.
The ripple effect is established on the understanding that we are all connected.
These connections stretch like an incredibly interlacing and intricate tapestry. Each of us exists within this tapestry. Thoughts and actions are like water droplets falling into the ocean, and they create rings of ripples outward that travel far beyond. The ocean is the world, and one drop of water is your heart. What happens to one drop of water has a bearing on the rest of the sea. The concept of ripple effect or the idea that ‘we are all connected’ is neither abstract, esoteric, nor unprovable. in fact, it is very concrete and being held by promising scientific backing.
The notion of ripple effect can be understood from the holographic universe theory, proposed by many eminent scientists, including Professor Stephen Hawking, revealed from beyond the grave as his final scientific theory. According to the research conducted, a hologram is described as a special kind of photograph where the image on the surface is projected in three-dimensional form when it is exposed to direct light. The picture becomes distributed over the entire surface of the film.
In such a way, every bit of the surface carries the entire image just as it was originally seen, only on a minor scale. Quite simply, each fragment is a hologram. When something is holographic, it exists entirely within every piece of itself, no matter how many pieces it is divided into. This illustration helps bring the idea that no matter how delicately we divide the universe — to a galaxy, a human, or an atom — each segment reflects the whole universe, only on a smaller scale.
Depart from that comprehension, we can embody the holographic principle to the concept of the ripple effect. Imagine the ocean is the world. And a single water drop is you as a human being representing the whole ocean in a drop. You represent the whole universe — only on a smaller scale. As Rumi, a 13th-century Persian poet, once said, “you are not merely a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.” And together with our thoughts, actions, and dreams, we create ripples that travel out in an ever-expanding ring with every heartbeat. Hence, with a clearer understanding of the science behind the ripple effect, it is outspokenly proved that everything that we do matters, and in fact, a small transformation in one place can permanently shift an entire paradigm.
Philosopher of science, Ervin László, also remarks that everything which happens in one place, happens as well in other places; all that happened at one time happens also at a time after that. Just as a hologram contains the original image in its whole parts, any change made to just one of those chunks becomes reflected everywhere throughout the pattern.
Along with the holographic principle, we can also pay attention to the twin-photon experiment done by Dr. Nicolas Gisin of the University of Geneva. Summarily, the experiment was carried out by separating a pair of photons 14 miles apart in opposite directions along optical fibers of the kind used to transmit telephone calls. Reaching the tail ends of these fibers, the two photons were forced to make random choices between two pathways.
Since the “classical” physics would predict that there was no way for the photons to communicate with each other, Dr. Gisin and his colleagues were estimating that the two photons’ independent choices would bear no relationship to each other. But when the paths of the two photons were suitably adjusted and the results compared, the independent decisions made by the twin photon always harmonize with each other, the two photons are still connected, even though there was no physical way for them to communicate with each other.
This scientific phenomenon appears to be precisely the kind of universe we live in. Russel Targ, the co-founder of the cognitive-sciences program at the Stanford Research Institute in California, eloquently describes this connection: “we live in a non-local world where things physically separated from one another can, nonetheless, be in instantaneous communication” (Katra & Targ, 1998). Targ clarifies what such connection means that there is an infinitely repeated interrelationship among all the members of the cosmos.
Not only does each of all the small dots of our actions link everything, but each point within it also echoes all others. Meaning that the prayer for our loved ones, our small steps to pursue our dreams, and other small meaningful actions that we carry out do undergo a rippling effect for the better in many aspects of human life enlightenment.
In closing, the implications of the ripple effect are vast and deep. It opens the door to countless possibilities for how a small-scale shift in our viewpoint can create a massive difference in our world. And the initial small step we need to endure is to drop some love, where compassion will ripple out and prevail. Building a caring economy, attentive education, and a mindful lifestyle depends on compassion and resilience. And all of which starts with you. Create inner peace within you and share it with your dearest ones. Peacefulness and kindheartedness can spread through society just as ripples beam out when you drop a stone into the sea.
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