Newton, Sir Isaac - Principia - Seas of energy
Type of spiritual experience
The following is fairly complex. Newton proposed that the physical world is somewhat like a ship - floating, like a ship, on a sea of energy. Everything happening on the ship works according to its own laws. When things fall in a ship they fall vertically, they don’t fall at an angle depending on the velocity with which the ship is moving. In fact you have no idea in a ship whether you are moving or whether the sea is moving and even whether sea or you are moving at all. You are just ‘floating’ on it.
A description of the experience
Sir Isaac Newton – Principia
“ A clear proof of which we have from the experiment of a ship, where all motions happen after the same manner whether the ship is at rest, or is uniformly forward in a straight line”