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The reason that quartz crystals are useful in telling time is that when they are stimulated with electricity, their oscillations are so regular and precise that they form a handy reference by which bits of time may be measured and displayed. This property of quartz crystals is a reflection of what is known as the piezoelectric effect. When quartz crystals are subjected to mechanical pressure, they produce a measurable electrical voltage. Conversely, when an electrical current is applied to a crystal, it will induce mechanical movement. If an alternating current is passed through the crystal plate, the charges oscillate back and forth at the resonant frequency of the crystal.

Quartz crystals are actually composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2). While quartz crystals form the components of many electronic systems, it is the crystals of elemental silicon, which have been used as primary components of computer and solar technologies. Scientists have learned to grow special silicon crystals, which are infused with precise amounts of other elements during their formative stage. These added elements produce variants of silicon crystals that demonstrate specific degrees of electrical conductivity, optical activity, thermal conductivity, etc. This process is known as doping, and allows scientists to create crystals with specialized properties of energy transduction.

While scientists have chosen to explore the electronic properties of silicon crystals, it is quartz crystals that bear the greatest potential in the manipulation of subtle energies. All crystalline structures are formed of mathematically precise and orderly lattice arrays of atoms. In addition to the variety of grid-like lattice structures, some researchers feel that there are also spiral arrangements interwoven into the crystal structure. Crystals represent the lowest state of entropy possible because they have the most orderly structure in nature. The crystalline structure will respond in unique and precise ways to a wide spectrum of energies, including heat, light, pressure, sound, electricity, gamma rays, microwaves, bioelectricity, and even the energies of consciousness. In response to these varying energetic inputs, the molecular structure of the crystals will undergo particular modes of oscillation, thereby creating specific vibratory frequencies of energy emission.

When you shoot x-rays down the C -axis of the atomic matrix of a crystal or metal, you'll get these little dots (fig. 1) showing you exactly where the atoms are located. In this case, this is a beryl crystal that actually displays the Flower of Life pattern.

                               Atomic matrix of crystal

 

The beryl crystal uses the pattern to arrange its atoms and form this specific crystal. It's really amazing that these little atoms simply line themselves up in space, often with enormous distances between them. These microscopic spaces are relatively vast, like between the stars in the night sky. The atoms perfectly align themselves in cubes and tetrahedrons and all kinds of geometric shapes. Figure 2 shows an x-ray diffraction pattern of a crystal. You can see how the atoms have arranged themselves in a cubical design. It's interesting that in all the various forms manifested in the Reality, the atoms themselves are spheres. Most researchers have overlooked this simple fact, but the sphere is the main form that everything came from in the beginning. It is important in understanding creation.

                            X-ray diffraction pattern of a crystal

 

The entire fabric of everything in our existence is made up of "marbles"--all different sizes of spheres. We're sitting on a sphere, the Earth, and spheres are rotating around us. The Moon, Sun and stars are all spheres. The whole universe, from macrocosm to microcosm, is made up of little spheres in one way or another. The light waves moving through space are all spheres. We think of light as making waves through space, but it's much more complex. An electrical field spins one way around it and a magnetic field rotates at 90 degrees to the electrical field, and they expand in spherical patterns. When you see light coming directly toward you, it's white. But if it's not moving directly toward you, it's black. In fact, the entire night sky is filled with brilliant white light, but we see the light only when it's coming toward us. We don't see the light waves that move sideways from us; we just see black. If we could see it all, it would be blinding. Light is everywhere, and there is no place in space where it is not. The sphere is literally everywhere.

Electron Clouds and Molecules

Atoms are also made up of spheres. If you look at the hydrogen atom, the proton is compacted in the center and the electron is way out there orbiting the proton. If the proton were the size of a golf ball, the electron would be about a football field away--and that electron is moving at nine-tenths the speed of light. This means that the electron travels around the proton about 170,000 miles every second, around something you can't even see! The electron moves around so fast that it appears as a cloud. In fact, it is actually called an electron cloud. There's only one electron, but it's moving so fast that it appears to make a sphere around the central proton. It's like a television screen, where there's only one electron beam moving across the screen at any one moment, horizontally scanning carefully and intentionally down the 525 raster lines, first the even ones, then the odd ones, zigzagging back and forth until it gets all the way down to the bottom, then starts all over again 60 times a second. It's doing this so fast that you see a very believable image.

So spheres are the primary component of the Reality we're experiencing. An atom is called an ion if it has too many or too few electrons and has either a positive or a negative charge. So the primary characteristics of an atom are its size and what its charge is. These two main factors determine whether or not different atoms will fit together into molecules. There are other subtle factors involved, but size and charge are primary. Atoms always line up in specific ways when they crystallize. They form into, say, a cube, and then that cube puts another cube next to itself and another cube next to it, and soon you get one cube connected to another, connected in turn to another cube and on and on, forming what is called a lattice. There are all kinds of ways that atoms can join. The resulting molecules are always associated with sacred geometry and the five Platonic solids.

Even when you scrutinize a complicated molecule and break it down, you see the shapes in it, and they always revert to one of the five Platonic solids--no matter what the structure is. No matter what you call it--metal, crystal, anything else--it will always come down to one of these original five shapes. Crystals don't just happen as the result of a chemical reaction; they grow. Quartz crystals can be used in many different ways to process various types of energy. These functions are numerous and include reception, reflection, refraction, magnification, transduction, amplification, focusing, transmutation, transference, transformation, storage, capacitance, stabilization, modulation, balancing, and transmittance. The quartz crystal is capable of amplifying and directing the natural energies of the healer. The subtle energies of the healer's field become focused and coherent in a manner similar to a laser.

Healing With Quartz Crystals

Some of the effects quartz crystals are able to have upon humans relate to a particular resonance effect that occurs with our own bodily liquid crystal and other crystalline structures. There is an attunement between crystalline properties in the physical and subtle bodies, the ethers, and many vibrational remedies, notably flower essences and gems. These properties in the body magnify the life force of vibrational remedies to a recognizable level to be assimilated. This allows for a balanced distribution of various energies in correct frequencies, which stimulates the discharge of toxicity to create health. In a similar fashion, vibrations of radio-wave frequencies strike a crystal in a radio. The crystal resonates with the high frequency in such a way as to absorb it, passing along the audio frequencies that are perceivable by the body.

When healing energy is focused through the quartz crystal, it is sent into the body of the patient and distributed to the areas most in need of an energy balancing. There is an innate intelligence to this focused energy as it is always directed to the body regions where it is needed. The crystal may be held in the hand while touching the patient, and the healing energies sent through the palm chakra. As the energies pass through the crystal, they are both amplified and directed to the part of the subtle anatomy, which requires energetic reorganization and healing. The life-force works more through the blood, and consciousness works more through the brain and nervous system. These two systems contain quartz-like properties and an electromagnetic current. The blood cells, especially the red and white blood cells maintain more quartz-like properties and the nervous system contains more of an electromagnetic current. The life force and consciousness use these properties to enter and stimulate the physical body.

Quartz crystals may be useful for rebalancing and cleansing abnormally functioning or "blocked" chakras. When cleansing a chakra, the crystal is placed over the particular chakra body region and energy is sent through the crystal. The quartz crystals themselves have special energy properties that have healing effects, even in the absence of healers. The crystals that are used for healing have their own power and energy, and do their work by just being in the proximity of the one in need of healing. As a rule, the healing energies transmitted by crystals seem to work at the level of our subtle energetic bodies. Crystals are natural purifiers of subtle energies because they absorb negative energies and only transmit positive, beneficial frequencies. They assist the energies of the healer to correct dysfunction at a very primary level. Illness in the physical body is usually preceded by changes that have already occurred at the level of the etheric body; the subtle energetic template is repatterned in such a way that normal tissue growth can occur, pain can be relieved, and coordination between the various energetic levels can take place more easily.

Many times, a particular pain or illness stems from a negative thoughtform carried within the subtle energetic field of the individual. This thoughtform is the energy manifestation of some type of weighty or abnormal thought or emotion, which has been held by the individual for a long period of time (engram). Frequently, thoughtforms are charged with emotion. The stronger the associated emotion that created the thoughtform, the more persistent the thoughtform will be in the auric field.

Unified Field

We are all composed of the same conscious energy as everything else in creation; we are all expressions of an unseen unifying principle. We are all different manifestations of a unique, underlying, divine consciousness, and this consciousness is expressed through special geometric forms and arrangements that are repeated at both the microcosmic and macrocosmic levels. The subtle energies that determine form exist as repeating geometric patterns and shapes that influence the expression of systems ranging from the tiniest atom to the greatest galaxy. Subtle energetic patterns in nature, that exist at particular subplanes of matter, direct the atoms of the mineral kingdom. These subplanes have a parallel correspondence to the energy levels of the seven major chakras in the human being. Each major chakra is associated with a different frequency and quality of energy. Each chakra also possesses different subtle characteristics and properties of form building as they relate to the expression of the human vehicle at the physical level.

Seven Categories of Crystals

There are at least a hundred thousand different kinds of crystals. But they can all be put into seven categories; cubic, trigonal, tetragonal, hexagonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic and triclinic. Six of those systems, used for organizing all known crystals, are derived from the cube, one of the Platonic solids. It's a matter of which angle you are viewing the cube from--the square, hexagonal or rectangular view as opposed to the normal 90-degree cubic angle. The seven crystalline classes represent a repeating pattern of symmetry and organization that can be found throughout the many kingdoms of nature, including the human kingdom.

The trigonal or rhombohedral system (quartz, corundum, tourmaline, calcite) contains crystals that continually give off energy. They are always in a spinning motion that is of neither a positive nor a negative nature. They give off energy of a balanced nature. Crystals belonging to the trigonal class may be useful in balancing the subtle energies of the human body, especially when there is a particular lack of energy in one of the component systems such as the meridians. They can help balance energies of the brain as well as the subtle bodies. Although they are similar to crystals of the hexagonal system and possess certain common energetic qualities, trigonal crystals tend to be more varied in their uses. They assist in achieving sharper clarity than stones of the hexagonal class, which are both giving and receiving in their qualities. They help to prepare the multilevel energy systems of the body for spiritual work. The trigonal system corresponds to the base or coccygeal chakra, which relates to the kundalini energies.

Crystals of the cubic system (garnet, metallic pyrite) have an energy pattern that can assist in the repair of damaged cellular structures, from the molecular level of DNA on up to the bones of the skeletal system. The cubic system also tends to resonate most with the sacral chakra in the human subtle energetic anatomy. Crystals of the hexagonal classification (beryl, apatite, ice or snowflakes) are of a more complex nature than those with cubic lattice arrangements. They tend to give off energies, and to encourage processes of growth and vitality. Quartz is considered both hexagonal as well as trigonal. Crystals of the hexagonal classification can also be used for healing, energy balancing, communicating, and storing information. These crystals have an energy that tends to be associated with service. They can be helpful in focusing healing energy into the organs and endocrine glands, and also into the acupoints and meridians. They can assist in rebalancing the energies of all the chakras and subtle bodies. Additionally, crystals of this class can have beneficial effects upon consciousness in assisting the development of creativity and intuition, enhancing psychic abilities, and increasing attunement with the Higher Self. They tend to resonate most strongly with the solar-plexus chakra.

Stones belonging to the tetragonal system (zircon, wulfenite, idocrase) are half-giving and half-receiving crystals that are of a balancing nature. Crystals of this class have qualities allowing them to absorb many negative qualities of the Earth, yet they are also able to give forth positive vibrations. These stones act to transmute negativity. The tetragonal system also corresponds to the heart chakra. Through the lessons of the heart, there is a balancing of the soul's nature. Crystals of the tetragonal system channel vibrations into the Earth and create connections between basic structures and higher dimensions.

Stones belonging to the orthorhombic system (olivine, topaz, baryte) have a unique aspect of encircling and encompassing energy patterns, problems, and thought forms. They can assist in bringing greater perspective to issues that may seem out of focus. Such crystals help to magnify and clear away that which is irrelevant. They magnify consciousness in a way that allows one to switch from the perspective of the microcosm to the macrocosm and vice-versa. Crystals of the orthorhombic class help an individual isolate problems and contain them until they can be worked out at various levels of experience. Our problems cannot be dissolved, released, or transmuted until their inner meaning has been thoroughly grasped. All problems contain potential lessons for soul growth and are often external reflections of our inner struggles. This crystalline system relates best to the throat chakra or center of will, which carries the ability to accept or reject problems.

Crystals of the monoclinic system (gypsum, azurite, orthoclase) have a unique, constant pulsating action. Their nature is that of continual expansion and contraction, which helps serve as an impetus to action and growth as well as to the expansion and contraction of consciousness. Crystals of the monoclinic class also have a directional aspect. They can point the way to go by helping clear away obstructions to our inner vision. These stones can help clear our paths by dissolving trivial problems via their influence at higher energy levels. The monoclinic system corresponds to the third-eye chakra. By holding such crystals up to the third-eye chakra, one can be assisted in perceiving self and others on a multidimensional level of spirit.

Crystals of the triclinic system (axinite, plagioclase feldspars) possess aspects of completion within their makeup, in that they form a triad. The triad is a repeating form within nature and in the hierarchical structure of the universe. Triclinic crystals have an aspect of totality or completeness. They also help to balance the yin and yang energy within an individual. They assist in merging and harmonizing polarities of any type of energy that is unbalanced. Gemstones of the triclinic classification can help to balance personalities and attitudes that are too polarized or unbalanced. They allow individuals to attune to higher spiritual dimensions of order. The triclinic system of crystals corresponds to the crown chakra--the highest energetic level in humans. Through the energies of this system and the crown chakra, there comes the highest form of understanding, of giving and receiving, and of all things that can be accomplished.

The Human Crystal

The key to understanding the assimilation of energy into our physical structure is through the awareness of our bodies as a series of synchronous, interacting crystal structures. Oscillating solid and liquid crystals form an overall energy pattern for the total body, linking the body on this level. Each organ, gland, nerve system, cell and protein structure--even the tissue salts in the body--shows a level of organization with some degree of crystalline-like function. Marcel Vogel, the world-renowned crystal expert, has pointed out that the human energy field exists as an array of oscillating energy points which have a layered structure and a definite symmetry. He points out that these properties fulfill the definition of a normal crystal in material form. Our bone structure has long been recognized as a solid crystal structure with piezoelectric properties. A piezoelectric effect is the creation of an electromagnetic field pulse when a crystalline structure is physically stressed or pushed out of its normal shape.

As a solid crystal, it has the ability to convert vibrational energy, such as sound or light, into magnetic and electric energy. Crystals can absorb, store, convert, amplify, transduce and transmit vibrational energies, which have biological effects. Psychic healing energies alter the measurable electromagnetic pattern of a crystal, suggesting that subtle energies can alter the physical structure of a crystal. When physical stress or an electromagnetic field (EMF) is applied to a piezoelectric crystal, the crystal will change shape and generate an EMF. Bone, quartz crystal and tourmaline are among the few crystal forms with piezoelectric properties. Studies suggest that the crystalline-like components of the extracellular matrix of bone, such as collagen and proteoglycans, possess piezoelectric qualities. It has also been established that mineralized tissue such as cartilage, dentin, teeth in general and relatively non-mineralized tissues such as keratin in skin, elastin, artery tissue, connective tissue (tendons and ligaments), and even some amino acid crystals (glysine, proline and hydroxyproline) all have piezoelectric properties.

The main forces, which create pulsed piezoelectric EMFs in bone, are the anti-gravity muscles, the cardiovascular system, voluntary muscles, and impact with the environment. Projected EMFs have the ability to create a piezoelectric response in bone. These EMFs have biological activity. These piezoelectric fields affect: cell nutrition, local pH control, enzyme activation and suppression, orientation of intra and extra cellular macromolecules, migratory and reproductive activity of cells, synthetic capacity and specialized function of cells, contractility and permeability of cell membranes, and energy transfer. Another type of electric or electromagnetic field response is also found in bone structure, called streaming potentials, an electrical field created by the flow of ions, charged solutes, and cells such as red blood cells, through the tissues, carried by extra cellular fluids such as blood through the extra cellular matrix. When the bone is even subtly bent from pressure by such events as walking or even by the pulse of our arteries, the extra cellular fluids are pumped through the bone. An electrical charge is created as a result of the electrostatic interaction of the electrically charged fluids moving past the fixed charge in the crystalline bone structure. These electrical fluids can also interact with the piezoelectric fields of the bone.

Liquid Crystals

There are other forms of crystalline-like systems in the body, and one of the most important is the liquid crystal. A liquid crystal is technically defined as having form, liquid properties, stored information and a measurable electromagnetic field. A liquid crystal can act simultaneously as liquid and crystal. The larger liquid crystal systems include fatty tissue, muscle and nerve tissue, the lymphatic system, white blood cells, and the various pleural and peritoneal linings. Muscle and nerve tissue exist as liquid crystal systems held in shape by bone and skin systems. The muscles have also been shown to have some piezoelectric properties. On a cellular level, all cells and cell membranes are considered liquid crystals. These include the plasma membrane, mitochondrial membrane, smooth and rough endoplasmic reticulum, nuclear membranes and chloroplast membranes. Bodily fluids also have crystal qualities. A water molecule contains the potential forms of all crystals in its primary form of a tetrahedron. Water can bring all different forms of ions into a crystalline state and hold them in solution. The more structured the water is, the higher concentration of ions it can hold. One of the most important ion solutions is the dissolved cell salts.

When the body cells and tissues become diseased or cancerous, the crystalline protein structures no longer have the proper configuration to maintain the water in a structured state. Ions and other solutes in the cell consequently become redistributed by the new pattern of unstructured water. If the water in the cell, extra cellular fluid or blood plasma becomes structured, it will then be able to attract and hold more ions by virtue of its hydration shell patterns. Identical crystal resonant fields emanated by micronutrients are attracted to larger resonant fields emanated by the organism's larger crystalline and liquid crystalline patterns. This explains how micronutrients, homeopathic remedies, etc., through vibrating crystalline fields, are drawn to the appropriate resonating crystalline sites.

In An Atlas of Cellular Oscillators by P.R. Rapp, research in over 450 papers is cited in cataloging an atlas of biological and biochemical oscillators with a periodicity of one hour or less. This includes oscillations in enzyme-catalyzed reactions such as photosynthesis, oscillations in protein synthesis, and oscillations in cell membranes, secretory cells, neuronal cells, skeletal cells, smooth cells, heart muscle cells and cell movement.

In a healthy state, the body's structures are a multi-leveled series of interacting systems and subsystems that resonate harmoniously. From this perspective, disease occurs when this synchronicity is thrown into disharmony. Each organ system or subsystem gives off a specific measurable electromagnetic field. The EMFs are measurable, subtle vibratory fields that can have great effect on the behavior of an organism. When one uses natural quartz crystals to heal the body, energy transference occurs partly because of a resonance effect between the quartz crystal and those cellular crystal systems with quartz-like properties. These same biocrystalline elements amplify certain aspects of the life force or Ch'i in special energy circuits called meridians that run throughout the body.

Healing Thoughtforms

Another interesting application of quartz crystals in healing is the ability of crystals to be programmed with a healing thoughtform. That is, a healer may hold a quartz crystal in his/her hand and imagine sending energy to an absent patient that is in need of healing. The healer may visualize particular types of energy that he or she is sending to a particular organ by visualizing a color or flow of energy going into that area of the body. The healer may also focus on improving the general vitality of the patient by visualizing him/her as healthy, whole, and well. In their ability to accept and hold a healing thoughtform, crystals are similar to magnetic recording media like a floppy disk in a computer. Because quartz crystals are thought-energy amplifiers and operate at the level of magnetoelectric energies, the thought-directed energy frequencies of the healer may be intensified and simultaneously broadcast at a distance to the patient. The quartz crystal seems to be able to act as a kind of thoughtform capacitor in that it is able to absorb a charge of healing energy of very specific frequency characteristics, over a period of time, and then discharge its contents in a single powerful burst. The healer charges the crystal with the pattern of energy he or she wishes to project into the patient and then gives the crystal to the patient to hold. In the hands of the patient, the crystal is able to discharge its stored energy even in the absence of the healer.

Gem Elixers

Another method of interacting with the crystalline structures of the body is through the application of gem elixirs. By ingesting a gem elixir, the energy imprint of a particular crystal, in this case quartz, contained within water which has been charged with the crystal in direct sunlight, is transferred directly to the individual's subtle energy system. The quartz gem elixir, because of its resonant effect on the crystalline structures of the pineal gland and spinal cord that are intimately involved in the kundalini process and assists the individual in achieving greater spiritual illumination.

The 26 Shapes

The first five Platonic solids relate to the five notes of the pentatonic musical scale. The octave has seven diatonic notes, the last two corresponding to the cuboctehedron and the rhombic dodecahedron. Five additional shapes form the chromatic scale, and there's a thirteenth one, the return. Thus there are 13 polyhedrons that form the chromatic scale of music. From those 13, 13 more are formed that are the same, only stellated, to total 26 shapes--two octaves within each other. In terms of form, those 26 shapes are the key to all the harmonics of the Reality.

The Periodic Table of Elements shows that every element, with a few exceptions that cannot be determined because they will not crystallize, is related to the cube. But on almost all the other elements we find this cubical relationship, except the fourth-dimensional atoms that fall outside the natural Table of Elements and those that are synthetic or man-made. They don't happen naturally in nature. Each atomic element has an associated crystalline structure. In every single case scientists have found that the different crystalline structures associated with atoms can be reduced to the structure of a cube.

Both the sphere and the cube can perfectly contain the other four Platonic solids and each other symmetrically, by their surface, assuming you have the right sizes. The cube is the only Platonic solid with this special characteristic: You can take a sphere, slip it inside a cube, and it will touch the six faces perfectly and symmetrically. And a tetrahedron will slide down one of the axes and become the diagonals of the cube, fitting perfectly and symmetrically. A star tetrahedron will also fit perfectly inside a cube. The octahedron is actually the dual of the cube; if you connect the centers of the adjacent cube faces, you get an octahedron. What is important here is that only the sphere and the cube have this capability. The cube is the father, the most important male form. The sphere is the mother, the most important female form. So in the entire reality, the sphere and the cube are the two most important forms and will almost always dominate when it comes to primary relationships in creation.

Crystals grow very much like people in lots of ways. Our fields grow hexagonally, just as crystals do. Though the silicon molecule is a tetrahedron, when it forms quartz, it links with another silicon tetrahedron to form a cube. Then it throws out a long line of little star tetrahedrons or cubes to form a row. Then the row begins to spin, changing direction exactly at 60-degrees to form a hexagon, the same structure seen around the human body from above.

Crystals have genders. They're either male or female or both. If you know what to look for, you can look at a crystal and see where the next face is. If it is on the left, then it is rotating clockwise, and that crystal is female. If it is on the right, then it is rotating counterclockwise, and it is male. If there are faces on both sides at just about the same height, you should see two spirals moving around this crystal in opposite directions, and that crystal would be bisexual. Often, two crystals are joined at the base and wrap somewhat around each other. These are called twined crystals, and these are almost always male and female. It's rare for them to do it differently.

Future Silicon/Carbon Evolutionary Leap

The sixth element on the Periodic Table is carbon. It is the most important element as far as we're concerned, because it's us. It makes up organic chemistry; it is the element that makes our bodies possible. We have been told that carbon is the only living atom on the Periodic Table, that only organic chemistry produces life, nothing else. But that's definitely not true. This was suspected as far back as the '50s when scientists began to study these things. They realized that silicon, which is directly below carbon on the chart (one octave apart), also exhibits the principles of life. There appears to be no difference. Silicon makes endless patterns, and it will react chemically with almost anything that comes near and form something with it. Carbon has the same ability, making endless forms and chains and patterns and reacting chemically with almost anything nearby. This is the primary characteristic that makes carbon a living atom.

On a chemical level, it appears that there should also be silicon life forms. There are silicon life forms on Earth. Some of these were recently found several miles deep in crevices in the ocean. Silicon sponges were found--live sponges that grow and reproduce, demonstrating all the principles of life, and with not a single carbon atom in their bodies! The Earth, which is over 7000 miles in diameter, it's crust, 30 to 50 miles thick, is, like an eggshell, made up of 25% silicon, but because silicon reacts with just about anything, the crust is actually 87% silicon compounds. That means that the Earth's crust is almost pure crystal, 30 to 50 miles deep. So we're on this huge crystal ball floating through space at seventeen miles a second, totally oblivious of the connectedness of carbon life with silicon life. It would seem that silicon and carbon must have a very special relationship.

We're making computers that are performing all kinds of incredible things. The computer is rapidly moving humankind into a new experience of life on Earth. What are computers made of? Silicon. And what is the computer industry trying to do as fast as it can is make self-aware computers. We're very close to accomplishing this, if we haven't already. So here we are, carbon-based life forms creating silicon based life forms, and we're interacting with each other. When we have self-aware silicon-based computers, nothing will ever be the same again. We're going to have two different life forms/components of the Earth connecting with each other, and the speed with which we will evolve at that point, aside from everything else, is going to be very, very fast--faster than anything we would normally expect.