– Invisible, Yet Seen (cont…) –
Episode 3, by Tracey Taylor – June/July 2018
In the opening two episodes of this From Nothing series, I have been building a case for why we can believe in the existence of an invisible dimension implying how, when we start to think of how life forms and functions around us, we actually all believe in what we cannot see. The simple formation of a cloud was an illustrating point I made that led onto introducing us to the concept of “faith”.
Before we can move more on to this particular faith concept however, (the kind of faith which calls for a greater measure of ‘stepping out’ when it comes to believing in what we cannot see), I’d like to invite you to look at some of these ‘invisible components’ all around us that is mentioned in the book of Hebrews in the Bible as being “woven into the fabric of planet Earth”. Elements we can, with little persuasion, easily believe in.
Sound is all around. I can remember from my Air Training Corps days learning that sound travels at the speed of 760mph! (I have more recently learned that this is specific to sound traveling in air, which makes sense why I would learn this particular velocity at A.T.C.) There are other velocities that sound travels at, depending on the denseness of the material and its temperature. For example, the thicker and colder the material is, the faster sound will travel through it. In water, sound has been recorded to travel at 3,300mph; in aluminium 11,400mph; whilst in diamond, sound has been recorded as traveling at the whopping speed of 27,000mph! So, in relating to the subject of this episode, I ask the question: Can we see sound? In general everyday life, the answer is no. Our eyes are not configured to see sound. It is our ears that are designed to hear and therefore detect noise. In the science field, scientists suggested we can see sound if the waves are powerful enough, such as from an exploding bomb, due to the dense air that is created. (This allows us to see those particular wave forms through the light that they refract.) In addition to this, there are scientific techniques invented that enable us to see sound waves. You may wish to spend time researching this subject. The point is, we all believe in sound -even though we cannot see it- because we experience it. We know it to be true. In the Deaf-World, people acknowledge sound, albeit differently. Says an article on gapersblock.com, “A hearing person can only try to imagine the sensations that are much more developed in a deaf person.”
…Let us now move on from this topic and look at another sense:
Again, naturally we cannot see smell yet we know whether something good or bad is being cooked up! I love flowers. There is a small tree called Wisteria whose flowers cluster together to form, what closely resembles, a bunch of grapes hanging from a vine. Its scent is divine and I can smell it on the wind from yards away. Wisteria’s fragrance draws me away from this world, for a moment, as I am caught up in its extravagant aroma. It is a rapturous moment that reminds me of Heaven’s presence on Earth -the invisible, here amongst us, made real through my sense of smell. Why don’t you just take a moment right now, to pause and ponder on your own experiences?
…Let’s look at another phenomenon woven into creation: Air. We move through this freely-given, open space all around us constantly. It is completely intangible, void of substance (other than gaseous). Two of these gases (at the very least) we experience on a daily basis in order to survive. As we inhale Oxygen, we exhale Carbon-dioxide (which the plants and trees around us soak up, cleverly replenishing the Oxygen levels back into the air. You know how it works..). As we breathe in the Oxygen gas, it makes its way through our entire body causing a physical impact to our whole being: Our blood stream; our muscles; our bones; our organs. Breathing properly helps reduce stress, which has an effect on our body as well as our mind and emotions.
Oxygen is like a wind we breathe in that gives us life.
In the opening book of the Bible, Genesis says this, “Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
In the next episode, I will touch on more of the invisible elements that surround us in our every day life on planet Earth.
**copyright 2018 Tracey Taylor. You are welcome to share this piece of work, but please quote the author. All rights reserved.**
1. Taylor, Tracey. (2018). From Nothing: Invisible, Yet Seen. Episode 2 of a series. Published in F.A.L.N. Magazine. Life News Church, London. May 2018 edition. Also sourced at https://www.tracetaylor.eu/articles/.
2. Bible. Hebrews chapter 11 verse 3. Paraphrased by Tracey Taylor as found in her book “Not Fire But Blood; Not Judgment, But Love”, a novella currently being written. (Copyright 2018 Tracey Taylor).
3. Mueller, Jim. (2009). Bite-Size Physics: Speed Of Sound. Copyright ©2009 Bite-Size Physics.com http://www.bitesizephysics.com/Lessons/speedofsoundless.html.
4. Physics Forums. (2001-2018). Why Can’t We See Sound Waves? https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/why-cant-we-see-sound-waves.619471/
5. Harlan Lane; Ethnicity, Ethics, and the Deaf-World, The Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, Volume 10, Issue 3, 1 July 2005, Pages 291–310, https://doi.org/10.1093/deafed/eni030
6. Ament, Aharona. (2010). Beyond Vibrations: The Deaf Experience In Music. Feature July 22nd, 2010. Copyright ©2003-2018 Gapers Block & respective authors. http://gapersblock.com/transmission/2010/07/22/beyond_vibrations_the_deaf_musical_experience/. Established 2003 Chicago, Illinois.
7.Bible, The. New International Version. The book of Genesis, ch. 2 verse 7.