E = mc^2. There’s an equivalence between matter and energy. Energy and matter are the same thing—cycling at different speeds.
Yet there are laws of conservation for each. Hmm…
If energy and matter are the same thing, and there are laws of conservation for each, then we can never really ‘make’ anything. We can just change its state. If we increase density here (create matter), we create negative density—dark matter—elsewhere (to the left of time). And if we increase speed here (create energy), we create negative speed—dark energy—elsewhere (to time’s right).
Matter and energy are twin manifestations of the same thing. Picture a two-layered sphere. Matter can only move forward in space—in toward the sphere’s center. Energy can only move forward in time—out toward the sphere’s “halo.” Matter’s movement forges the new earth. Energy’s movement forges the new heaven.
Matter can only increase density because matter is density; energy can only increase speed because energy is speed. From the surface of the sphere, space (matter’s domain) extends inward; and time (energy’s domain) extends outward. Why is space matter’s domain? Because for matter, there is no time. Why is time energy’s domain? Because for energy, there is no space.
Here’s the tricky part.
Matter can only move forward in space (i.e. move inward, become more dense). If matter moves outward, backward in space, there’s too much gravity, which makes time speed up.
Energy can only move forward in time (i.e. move outward, become more fast). If energy moves inward, backward in time, there’s too much energy, which slows time down.
The M/E ratio—time itself—does not change. If mass increases, M/E shifts to the left, where time slows down and it pushes the M/E back to the right. If energy increases, M/E shifts to the right, where time speeds up and pushes the M/E back to the left.
We only see slow light (past light or dark matter) when we speed up. And we only see fast light (future light or dark energy) when we slow down. The sun and the moon don’t actually move. We are like a child on a bike, saying: daddy, daddy, you’re getting bigger! And: daddy, daddy, you’re getting smaller!
Matter and energy are not the same thing. Each is the other. Matter is energy that is fast enough to become dense, and energy is matter that is dense enough to become fast. To go way, way “out” is actually to go in. And to go way, way “in” is actually to go out. What’s the fourth state of matter? It’s energy.
Or, rather: there is no fourth state of matter. It’s a trinity. The fourth state of matter is its first state.
We are inside an arrow of time. When we look behind, we see matter becoming dense enough to become light (the sun). When we look ahead, we see light becoming dense enough to become matter (the moon).
When we see the sun, we are the moon: time is speeding up and light is slowing down for us. When we see the moon, we are the sun: light is speeding up and time is slowing down. When energy slows down, it coalesces. When matter speeds up, it shines.
Time is a circular dimension. Everything that once was comes round again. What is now energy was once matter, and to matter it will return. What is now matter was once energy, and to energy it will return. Nothing—not the slightest hair or the tiniest bird—is ever lost. Time is He Who Cannot Waste. “What we had, we have. What we were, we are. A conjoint past, imperishably present.”
(The above lines of poetry were recited in a beautiful movie I recently saw. Do you know who wrote them? Please let me know, that I may properly credit him or her.)
The future, for energy, is a sphere. It’s a set of points equidistant from the Big Bang. There’s a set of many “you’s” you could be tomorrow: you choose. Energy moves like a sphere that increases dimensions as it goes, becoming both smaller and denser (the past) and larger and faster (the future) at the same time. It moves the way a tesseract moves.
For energy, the future is a sphere. But for matter, the future is a line that intersects that sphere (see the double-slit experiment) in only one location. Each line extending outward from the Big Bang—each of time’s arrows—is a universe. Each universe, in a sense, is a collective (consensus) outcome. What we become has a lot to do with what we think we will become, what we believe we are capable of becoming. This is why, in our experiments, even the one performing the experiment must be blinded.
In the double-slit experiment, when we accelerate photons, they enter the future—which, for light, is the sphere of all points equidistant from the starting point—a sphere of all possible outcomes. For light, the future is not a point in space. It is a point in time. And a point in time, for light, is a sphere. A point in time, for light, is time.
Like the photon, we, too, are light. But our organ of sight—alas—is matter, and matter does not observe all possible outcomes, all possible futures. In the double-slit experiment—as in life itself—though all futures exist, we only observe the future we enter. The future we become. For matter, the future is not a sphere (time). It’s a point (space). It’s the intersection of our time’s arrow (line) with the sphere of time.