In Newton’s mechanical view of the cosmos, the universe is thought of in terms of particles whose behavior can be known and predicted at any moment in time. It’s like balls on a pool table: If we have the information that describes the force of a ball as it strikes another (speed, angle, and so on), then we should be able to predict where and how the one that has been struck will travel. And if it should hit other balls in its journey, we’ll know where and how fast they’re traveling as well. The key here is that the mechanical view of the universe sees the smallest units of the stuff our world is made of as things.
Quantum physics looks at the universe differently. In recent years, scientists have developed the technology that has made it possible to document the strange and sometimes miraculous behavior of the quantum energy that forms the essence of the universe and our bodies.
- Quantum energy can exist in two very different forms: as visible particles or invisible waves. The energy is still there either way, just making itself known in different forms.
- A quantum particle can be in one place only, two places at once, or even many places simultaneously. The interesting thing, however, is that no matter how far apart these locations appear to be physically, the particle acts as if it’s still connected.
- Quantum particles can communicate with themselves at different points in time. They’re not limited by the concepts of past, present, and future. To a quantum particle, then is now and there is here.
These things are important because we’re made of the same quantum particles that can behave miraculously when given the right conditions. The question is this: If quantum particles are not limited by the “laws” of science – at least as we know them today – and we’re made of the same particles, then can we do miraculous things as well? In other words, is the behavior that physicists call “anomalous” demonstrating our scientific limits, or is it really showing us something else? Could the freedom in time and space that these particles show us be revealing to us the freedom that is possible in our lives?
Following all of the research, documentation, and direct experience of those who have transcended the limits of their own beliefs, without reservation I believe that the answer is a solid yes.
If the particles that we’re made of can be in instantaneous communication with one another, be in two places at once, and even change the past through choices made in the present, then we can as well.
The only difference between those isolated particles and us is that we’re made of lots of them, linked through the mysterious stuff that fills the places we used to think of as “empty space” – a form of energy that we’re only beginning to understand. It’s the recent acknowledgment of this strange form of energy in mainstream science that has catapulted us into a new and almost holistic way of seeing ourselves in the universe.
In 1944, Max Planck, the man many consider to be the father of quantum theory, shocked the world by saying that there is a “matrix” of energy that provides the blueprint for our physical world.5 In this
place of pure energy, everything begins, from the birth of stars and DNA to our deepest relationships, peace between nations, and personal healing. The willingness to embrace the matrix’s existence in mainstream science is still so new that scientists have yet to agree upon a single name for it.
Some simply call it the “field.” Others have referred to it with terms that range from the technical- sounding “quantum hologram” to almost spiritual-seeming names, such as the “mind of God” and “nature’s mind.” In my 2007 book describing the history and proof of the field, I echoed the bridging effect that it has had between science and spirituality, referring to it as the Divine Matrix. The experimental proof that Planck’s matrix is real now provides the missing link that bridges our spiritual experiences of belief, imagination, and prayer with the miracles that we see in the world around us.
The reason why Planck’s words are so powerful is because they forever changed the way we think of our bodies, our world, and our role in the universe. They imply that we’re much more than simply the “observers” that scientists have described, passing through a brief moment of time in a creation that already exists. Through the connection that joins all things, the experiments have now shown that we directly affect the waves and particles of the universe. In short, the universe responds to our beliefs. It is the difference of thinking of us as powerful creators rather than passive observers that has become the crux of some of the greatest controversy among some of the greatest minds in recent history. The implications are absolutely staggering.
In a quote from his autobiographical notes, for example, Albert Einstein shared his belief that we have little effect on the universe as a whole and are lucky if we can understand even a small part of it. We live in a world, he said, “which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking.”
In contrast to Einstein’s perspective, which is still widely held by many scientists today, John Wheeler, an honored Princeton physicist and colleague of Einstein, offers a radically different view of our role in creation. Wheeler’s studies have led him to believe that we may live in a universe where consciousness is not only important, but also actually creative – in other words, a “participatory universe.”
Clarifying his belief, Wheeler says, “We could not even imagine a universe that did not somewhere and for some stretch of time contain observers because the very building materials of the universe are these acts of observer‑ participancy.”
What a shift!
In a completely revolutionary interpretation of our relationship to the world around us, Wheeler is stating that it’s impossible for us simply to watch the world happen around us. We can never be observers, because when we observe, we create and modify what is created. Sometimes the effect of our observation is nearly undetectable; and, as we’ll discover in later chapters, sometimes it’s not. Either way, the discoveries of the last century suggest that our act of observing the world is an act of creation unto itself. And it’s consciousness that’s doing the creating!
These findings seem to support Wheeler’s proposition that we can no longer think of ourselves merely as onlookers who have no effect on the world that we’re observing. When we view “life” – our spiritual and material abundance, our relationships and careers, our deepest loves and greatest achievements, as well as our fears and the lack of all of these things – we may also be looking squarely at the mirror of our truest and sometimes most unconscious beliefs.
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