It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it.
~ R. Feynman
Mystics and theoretical physicists have a few things in common. They are interested in the mysteries of our universe, if not all life and planet forms. When you dig deep enough, you start to find patterns of order in a seemingly chaotic universe. The number 137 has intrigued scientists and seekers for decades. This number is considered auspicious, so intricately beautiful some say we may never understand it. Rabbis and the great Richard Feynman have marveled over it and its significance. Embedded deep in Jewish mystical tradition the Kabbalah and the golden mean, no wonder the number has us scratching our heads as we tear through the misguided vail of linear thinking.
You might say the ‘hand of God’ wrote that number, and we don’t know how He pushed his pencil. ~ R. Feynman
Ties to Science
The number 137 has many ties to science. For instance, NASA’s experts’ current calculations have indicated that the age of the Universe is 13.7 billion years. Other scientists have discovered that the number 137 (or 137.51, to be exact) is the Golden Angle, which is the golden section of the circumference of the circle. Botanists have discovered that many plants actually display the Golden Angle as part of the Fibonacci Phyllotaxis.
The number 137, which is the 33rd prime number, also shows up in physics. Physicists believe this number is linked to electrons and the possibility that an electron will be absorbed by a single photon.
Links to Spirituality
In Kabbalah, this number refers to the concept of Vessel and Light. In this case, the Vessel means the physical body while the Light refers to the soul.
Scholars suggest that humans face a challenge to ignite the Light that originates in the soul and then use that Light to spark the Light in the extraordinary 99 percent reality in order to shine in the world. Some who have studied Kabbalah believe that the 1 percent reality represents the realm of the physical world while the 99 percent – the hidden reality — results in wisdom and happiness. “We know that we are distanced and disconnected from the Light when we are opposite in nature because in the realm of consciousness or spirituality, opposites repel,” wrote Billy Phillips. “The only way for our physical world (electron) to absorb (receive) the Light is to imitate the Light, behave like the Light, and that stops repulsion. In turn, it causes attraction.”
Thus, Kabbalah scholars are suggesting that by embracing consciousness, humans can absorb and connect to the Light. Furthermore, those who establish a regular practice of consciousness can have a more lasting connection to the Light. The challenge that humans face is recognizing and controlling their egos (which disconnect people from the Light) and instead focusing on helping make other people’s wishes happen. This in turn, changes your life and has a ripple effect across your community, city, state and the world.
It’s one of the greatest mysteries of physics: a magic number that comes to us with no understanding by man. ~ R. Feynman
It’s also said by many Rabbis who have studied the number 137 that once you become aware of the integer sequence, it in turn becomes aware of you. Perhaps it is a part of the observer effect. The synchronicities that seem to occur with the number 137 have been well documented and for those believers, beyond coincidence how the numbers seem to show up. One famous story is of the great physicist Wolfgang Pauli who died in, you guessed it, hospital room 137. So whenever you think that science has finally discovered everything and that there are only coincidences, remember Richard Feynman and Wolfgang Pauli in connection to the number 137.
Dr. Bill Riemers said: Classical physics tells us that electrons captured by element #137 (as yet undiscovered and unnamed) of the periodic table will move at the speed of light. The idea is quite simple, if you don’t use math to explain it. 137 is the odds that an electron will absorb a single photon. Protons and electrons are bound by interactions with photons. So when you get 137 protons, you get 137 photons, and you get a 100% chance of absorption. An electron in the ground state will orbit at the speed of light. This is the electromagnetic equivalent of a black hole. For gravitational black hole, general relativity comes to the rescue to prevent planets from orbiting at the speed of light and beyond. For an electromagnetic black hole, general relativity comes to the rescue and saves element 137 from having electrons moving faster than the speed of light. However, even with general relativity, element 139 would still have electrons moving faster than light. According to Einstein, this is an impossibility. Thus proving that we still don’t understand 137. http://www.fotuva.org/online/frameload.htm?/online/137.htm
Primary Sources for This Sharepost:
Phillips, B. (2011). The Magic of 137. Kabbalahstudent.com.
Phyllotaxis. (ND). Fibonacci Numbers – Golden Angle. Smith Univeristy.