Not 3. Not 4. But 10 dimensions.
According to Superstring theory, the universe consists of 10 dimensions, including our 3-dimensional physical universe, time as the 4th dimension, and 6 unobserved dimensions compactified - or curled up - in elaborate, twisted shapes called Calabi-Yau manifolds.
But what does this all mean?
I don’t really know; but, I had a strange revelation this morning that’s likely nothing more than gibberish, but perhaps a thought worth writing about.
Over the past few days, I have been trying to read Shing-Tung Yau’s The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions. To be honest, the book is not what I expected, and the vast majority of it is way over my head. Professor Yau, a geometer who chairs Harvard’s math department, proved the mathematical existence of these 6-dimensional, intricate, Calabi-Yau shapes.
As often is the case, my best - and worst - ideas arrive in the early morning as I am waking. Having read a few chapters last night, I was not surprised when I awoke this morning thinking about the six extra dimensions of the universe that String and Superstring theory postulate but without any satisfying explanation of their ‘divine’ purpose.
Before describing my revelation, let’s first consider our 3- and 4-dimension world. In a Cartesian coordinate system, each point in 3-dimensional space is represented by a specific value on the 3 axes of the physical plane (x, y, z). So, for example, the pinnacle of the Empire State Building has its own unique x,y,z coordinate, as does the pillow on your bed. The 4th dimension, time (t), reflects the fact that 3-dimensional space is not static. Sometimes your head is on your pillow, and sometimes it’s not. Most of the time, nothing’s happening on the Empire State Building’s pinnacle, but you never know when King Kong might show up.
For most of us, we can readily imagine four-dimensional spacetime. Each ‘moment-location’ in spacetime has its own unique x,y,z,t coordinate. So right now, wherever you are, your ‘moment-location’ is unique. And right now, it’s different than it was a moment ago.
The question is: “What are the other 6 dimensions at this particular moment-location in spacetime?”
If - as String Theory suggests – these extra dimensions actually exist, what do they represent? What’s their purpose? What function do they serve? Why do we need them?
Of course, I don’t really know. But what’s frustrating is that String theorists don’t seem to provide much of an answer. To make matters worse, M-theory, which attempts to unify all previous superstring theories, asserts there are actually 11 dimensions. So, now we’re dealing with either 10 total dimensions or 11. Either 6 extra dimensions or 7…
When I woke up this morning, my mind was engaged… 6 extra dimensions… 7 extra dimensions… 6 energy dimensions… 7 energy dimensions… 6 energy Chakras… 7 energy Chakras… red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, white. WHITE!
If you’re familiar with the ancient Hindu concept of Chakras, or force centers, you know they are often represented by the colors of the rainbow. There are different versions, but one depicts the seventh Chakra (Sahasrara) as white. Of course, white is the presence, or the sum, of all colors. Does that mean, perhaps, that the seventh Chakra represents the sum of the other six Chakras? Does that mean that the 7th extra dimension is simply the sum of the other 6 dimensions?
I thought to myself:
- Is it possible that every 'moment-location' on the spacetime continuum has an associated combination of 6 Chakra subtle energies, the sum of which is represented by a 7th?
- Is it possible that the universe itself has a Chakra system that both corresponds and engages with the Chakra systems of each living organism in the universe?
- Is it possible that for every ‘moment-location’ on the spacetime continuum (x,y,z,t), the universe itself has a corresponding ‘state’ (g) represented by the quality of each of the 6 subtle Chakra energies (a,b,c,d,e,f)?
- Is it possible that for every ‘moment-location’, the universe’s corresponding ‘state’ is impacted by the ‘state’ of each organism that is ‘intertwined’ with that particular ‘moment-location’?
For example, the ‘state’ of the universe at the spacetime ‘moment-location’ of a joyful wedding would be drastically different than the ‘state’ of the universe at the spacetime ‘moment-location’ of a grief-stricken funeral. Similarly, the ‘state’ of the universe at a raucous Super Bowl game would be different than the ‘state’ of the universe at a deadly battlefield.
We have all felt the vibe of a particular moment-location. There are neutral vibes and highly charged vibes.
What causes the vibe to be so highly charged?
Do the 6 hidden dimensions help explain what we feel but cannot see?
Do we, as participants in these moment-locations, impact the aura of the universe at that particular moment-location?
And, if so, how far does our impact spread?
Again, these are simply my random early morning musings. Please accept them for what they are.