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Excerpted from Your Sacred Self by Wayne Dyer. Copyright 1996 by Wayne Dyer. Excerpted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"To a quantum scientist who studies things at the subatomic level and thinks in terms of billions of light-years, minerals are fascinating."

Wayne Dyer, Your Sacred Self, Part 5

Emily Dickinson wrote a stanza, "The Single Hound," describing this phenomenon. It is far more alluring than any prose I might use to make this point.

This quiet dust was gentlemen and ladies,
And lads and girls;
Was laughter and ability and sighing,
And frocks and curls.
This passive place a summer's nimble mansion,
Where bloom and bees
Fulfill'd their oriental circuit,
Then ceased, like these.

The physical you that we can see and touch is made up of the same stuff that everything else is made of. Yet you are different than the things outside of yourself. 

To comprehend this, consider the four categories describing the manifested world: mineral, vegetable, animal and human. If we were to take a sample from each of these categories, pulverize them and put the powder into separate containers for lab analysis, the report would show no discernible differences. The mineral, vegetable, animal and human samples all comprise the same raw materials. Yet all of these samples differ from one another in an invisible, beyond-the-physical manner.

The differences, however, are not in the physical makeup of things. The differences are in what we will call awareness. Each category has a different level of awareness:

Mineral. The mineral world includes all of the things that you see around you. To the unfocused eye they just lie around and do nothing. You can look at a rock and it will not do a thing, even if you stare at it forever. 

So we say that minerals, while made of the same physical matter as we are, have very little awareness. (I say "very little" because to a quantum scientist who studies things at the subatomic level and thinks in terms of billions of light-years, minerals are fascinating. When examined at the subatomic level they are alive, dancing and changing endlessly.)

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