A Special Effect of the Doppler Effect
By Wynn Wolfe
Almost everyone has heard a shift in frequency when a car blowing
its horn passes by. The pitch while it is approaching is somewhat
higher than when at rest, and as it passes, the pitch drops. The
result is a kind of eeeeoooo sound. This phenomenon is known as
the Doppler Effect after the Austrian physicist Johann Doppler,
who first worked out the analysis for sound in 1842. -- Physics,
Eugene Hecht, p. 469
With a playful sense of imagination, you can use the "eeoo"
transition effect of the Doppler Effect to catapult yourself
onto a higher plane of perception -- above our pedestrian world.
This is the elevated home of our ubiquitous Quantum Self, an advantageous,
quiet place where thoughts and ideas are created, collected, appreciated,
and directed. What follows is a nosegay of examples of this special
- I think this is where Walt Whitman "swiftly arose and
spread around [himself] the peace and knowledge that pass all
the argument of Earth." As the German poet Rilke put it,
"he had got to the other side of nature." (Cf. Justin
Kaplan, Walt Whitman, A Life, Section 5 of "Song
of Myself," p. 191.)
- This realm of silence could have been the wedding site of
William Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell.
- This silent borderland could be the goal line of raja yoga
(union with one's Kingly Self).
- The artist Paul Klee shows us the way to this treasureland
with his art-map that he titled "Above the Mountain Peaks."
Paul Klee, Above the Mountain Peaks
- This lofty place might also be described as the twentieth
century neo-quiet orbit of the several searching, piercing
techno-eyes of the Hubble Space Telescope.
- And lo and behold, I think this is the hovering place in space
where Krishna in his chariot coached Arjuna.
- Up here you'll find the helm of the Ancient Mariner within
yourself, and if you are quietly attentive that ubiquitous Self
may actually let you steer your spiritual thoughts and
- And, while visiting this Buena Vista school you could be asked
to sculpt, like Rodin, a solid seat for The Thinker in
you, who is the vigilant horoscoper -- the "watcher over
These special effects of the Doppler Effect can lead to what the
French refer to as jouissance ("deep joy")
and what we call an epiphany -- a silent moment of sudden
(From Sunrise magazine, October/November 1998. Copyright ©
1998 by Theosophical University Press.)