Do Affirmations Influence the Quantum Field?

By Thomas Herold in Affirmation on August 24th, 2006 /  3 Comments »

Feedback we got on the article from Joe Dispenza.

“Infecting the Quantum field by starting the day with an intention of what you want to create (experience). Is this similar or aligned with a primary? A primary is single specific of what you want to create. Where as the method of how he creates his day seems less specific. Are doing affirmations similar? Does all this contribute to infecting the quantum field?”

What is the Quantum Field?
The quantum field is basically the sum of all waves of possibilities. Everthing consists of energy and therefore produces a wave. All these waves together interfere with each other and create new combinations of waves. Sometimes particular waves increase in their amplitude (getting bigger) and sometimes waves completely dissapear.

Therefore yes, everything contributes to infecting the quantum field. Actually, there is nothing you can do, not to influence it. Every thought, every feeling and every action has its effect in the quantum field.

What Are Affirmations?
Affirmations are frequently repeated spoken words. For example I say to myself every day “I am healthy and fit”. What effect does this have on the quantum field? I think the result depends on the state of consciousness.
Imagine you are standing on a lake and there is no wind or any other influence whatsoever. If you observe the surface of the lake you will see it absoluely calm. Then through in a small stone and you will see the waves it creates. If you look closely you could see the waves spreading out over the complete lake. Now imagine that the lake is filled with hundreds of boats, there is wind and you through the same stone into it. Can you even recognize the ripple it makes?

Probably the same is going on in your consciousness. If you have too many thoughts, feelings and other things going on the extra little wave you create will immediately dissapear.

What is a Creation?
In quantum physics terms a creation is the collape of a wave function into a particle. Out of infinite possibilities you are focusing on one single wave and this wave is collapsing into a particle and appears therefore in space and time. Consciousness creates a subject and a object at the same time. It is the birth of duality. As you can see on one level you create and on the other level you just observe something that was always present as a possibility. However, the domain in which you create depends again on the state of consciousness you are in.

What is Attention, Intention & Focus?
Attention roots in the greek word ‘attendere’ which means torwards something. You could compare this to a radio. You tune in on one channel, on one frequency. There are all frequencies similtantiously present, but using your attention selects one frequency out of many.

In quantum physics attention is the observer! That means your attention already collapses the wave function of possibilities and creates reality.

Intention refers to one’s motivation; it in no way implies force, or involving your will in the outcome. Two important variables are attention and attitude.

Focus refers to be fully engaging in the present moment. The ability to observe without attachment contributes to the outcome. In quantum physics, we know nothing happens that isn’t first observed. From my experience I would say intention works best when it comes from a natural place. What do I mean by that? A natural place would be a unique quality or gift you have. It is something that interests you without forcing yourself.

So focusing your intention on what you can do with your gift would work far better then focusing on getting rich. There is nothing wrong with getting rich of course, but for most of us this intention would come more from fear and not having enough. Therefore, it would be driven by force and not by power. Power is natural, force is artificial.

Power is always there, force needs to be created constantly to be effective. Best explained in the book ‘Power vs. Force‘ from David Hawkins.

You Will Never Want to Wake Up Any Other Way

By Thomas Herold in Product Reviews on August 23rd, 2006 /  No Comments »

Zen Alarm ClockInnovative Colorado company introduces the world’s most exquisite alarm clock, waking its users with a series of rich acoustic gong strikes.

Every once in a while a new product comes along that really rocks the category of products to which it belongs. The new Zen Timepiece™ from Now & Zen, Inc. is just such a product – it’s an alarm clock with a large solid brass bowl-gong that fills the room with a series of rich, subtle, acoustic sounds that make waking up a ‘spiritual experience.’

When the alarm is triggered, the Zen Timepiece strikes its bowl-gong just once, producing an exquisitely deep, long-resonating gong sound … then, after the first strike, it automatically strikes again in 3-1/2 minutes … then in 2 minutes … then in 1 minute … gong strikes gradually increase in frequency over 10 minutes, eventually striking every 5 seconds until turned off.

According to the product’s inventor and Now & Zen CEO, Steve McIntosh, “it’s the most aesthetically sophisticated alarm clock ever made. It’s not a gimmick or a novelty, it makes a real difference in the quality of your life – once you experience it, you’ll never want to wake up any other way.”

Boulder Colorado-based Now & Zen has been making beautiful acoustic alarm clocks, starting with the now world famous Zen Alarm Clock®, for over 10 years. The new Zen Timepiece, however, is a real breakthrough for the company.

Tehya McIntosh, Now & Zen’s vice president, explained: “We’ve been working on this for a long time, it’s the result of a decade of product evolution at Now & Zen. This product definitely extends our brand’s mission, which is to serve the growing demographic of people who prefer things natural – natural foods, natural fibers, natural materials, and now with our products, natural acoustic sounds – over the years we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to make authentic products for authentic people.”

The Zen Timepiece is much more than an alarm clock, it also functions as a countdown timer for personal practices such as yoga, meditation, or bodywork. McIntosh added: “It’s the perfect accoutrement for meditation or yoga; it helps you make time for your practice because it’s so beautiful and fun.” The volume of the clock’s gong strikes can be adjusted over a wide range from soft, subtle ring tones to loud, bold gongs. This allows the user to customize the sound according to her preference.

The clock can also be set to strike its gong on the hour, serving as a ‘mindfulness bell’ – a contemplative practice recommended by spiritual teacher Thich Nhat Hanh.

As beautiful to see as it is to hear, the Zen Timepiece is also a decorative accessory that adds elegance to any room. Its wood platform (available in cherry or maple) is designed to be positioned either with the clock’s digital display to the front, or turned around, with the bowl-gong in the front.

Although the clock looks good both ways, when the digital display is turned to the back it accentuates the clock’s natural theme and helps reduce the visual clutter of electronic modernity in one’s interior environment.

At a suggested retail price of $139, it may be the world’s most expensive alarm clock, but according to Steve McIntosh, it’s definitely worth it: “Waking up in the morning is a metaphor for life, and anything that adds grace and beauty to this daily process is a good investment.”

When you use the Zen Timepiece it’s like waking up in a Zen temple.

See the complete line of natural lifestyle products at: Now & Zen

Concious Business – Start With Unconditional Responsibility

By Thomas Herold in Book Reviews on August 22nd, 2006 /  No Comments »

Conscious BusinessConsciousness is the main source of organizational greatness. “Conscious business,” explains Fred Kofman, means finding your passion and expressing your essential values through your work.

A conscious business seeks to promote the intelligent pursuit of happiness in all its stakeholders. It produces sustainable, exceptional performance through the solidarity of its community and the dignity of each member.

Conscious Business presents breakthrough techniques to help you achieve:

  • Unconditional responsibility – how to become the main character of your life.
  • Unflinching integrity – how to “succeed beyond success”.
  • Authentic communication – how to speak your truth, and elicit others’ truths.
  • Impeccable commitments – how to coordinate actions with accountability.
  • Right leadership – how being, rather than doing, is the ultimate source of excellence.

“A conscious business fosters personal fulfillment in the individuals, mutual respect in the community, and success in the organization,” teaches Fred Kofman. Conscious Business is the definitive resource for achieving what really matters in the workplace and beyond.

Author Profile:
Fred Kofman is Axialent’s co-founder and President. An extraordinary teacher, Fred awakens people to act with greater responsibility, integrity and courage; his ideas combine philosophical depth with practical applicability. He has created and taught programs in leadership, personal mastery, team learning, organizational effectiveness and coaching for more than 15,000 participants. His clients include leaders such as Microsoft, Shell, Yahoo! and General Motors.

Fred holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was distinguished as outstanding instructor. He worked as an assistant professor of Management Accounting and Control Systems at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, where he received the “Teacher of the Year” award in 1992. At MIT, he was also a senior researcher at the Organizational Learning Center, where he worked with Peter Senge. He is a founding member of the Business Branch of the Integral Institute, where he works with Ken Wilber. He is also a member of the Dharma Ocean Foundation, an organization devoted to meditation practice led by Reginald Ray.

Available at amazon: Conscious Business

Leave Life-Changing Decisions to Your Unconscious Mind

By Johnjoe McFadden in Research on August 21st, 2006 /  4 Comments »

The evidence seems to be that the conscious mind isn’t much use in making hard decisions.

Do you really need that flat-pack wardrobe or would the foldaway futon be a better buy? Why not have lunch and think about it? Then you might need to choose between pickled herring or Swedish meatballs. Everywhere we are confronted with difficult choices. In Luke Rhinehart’s novel The Dice Man, the eponymous hero makes all his decisions by rolling a dice.

Few of us would trust to a life ruled by chance, so we tend to think carefully about the complex decisions (the wardrobe or the futon) but are content to trust our instincts with the simpler things (meatballs or herring). New research by Ap Dijksterhuis and his colleagues at the University of Amsterdam suggests that we would be better off thinking about the simple choices, and leaving the life-changing decisions to our unconscious mind.

Dijksterhuis asked his test subjects to choose between four hypothetical cars on the basis of a set of specifications (whether the car had a sunroof, low mileage, etc) that could be either simple (only four specifications) or complex (12 specifications). One group was given four minutes to consider the problem; the other group was shown the specification and then immediately distracted by another task. Surprisingly, the subjects with plenty of time to think fared better when faced with a simple decision (four specifications) but worse when the problem was more complex (12 specifications).

This and other similar experiments go to the heart of the vexing question of whether consciousness is any use to us. Our brain seems to be split between the actions we can take with little or no conscious control (although scientists prefer to talk about “attention”), such as riding a bike, and those that require conscious attention, such as arithmetic. We tend to think of our unconscious mind as the more primitive arm of cognition, with consciousness in reserve for the hard problems. But Dijksterhuis’s research suggests we have it the wrong way around.

If our conscious mind isn’t much use for making hard decisions, what is it good for? It may seem that our voluntary actions are driven by consciousness, but many scientists believe this is an illusion. Nearly a century ago the evolutionary biologist Thomas Huxley argued that consciousness has no more influence on our actions than a steam whistle has on the locomotion of a train.

This view was boosted in recent years by the neurobiologist Benjamin Libet at the University of California. In an experiment he asked subjects to perform a simple task, eg wiggle their little finger, at a time of their own choosing, and measured accompanying brain activity. Surprisingly, Libet could detect brain activity that predicted imminent finger wiggling nearly half a second before the subjects were aware they had decided to wiggle their finger!

Libet’s experiments suggested that our brain makes up its mind long (in neurobiological terms) before we become aware of any conscious intention to act. Consciousness seems to be a mere bystander with just an illusion of control. Where does this leave free will or personal responsibility?

Dijksterhuis points out that consciousness is good at following precise rules – arithmetic, solving anagrams, etc – but has only limited capacity for handling more complex problems. He proposes the “deliberation without attention” hypothesis, whereby complex problems are best solved by the parallel-computing capabilities of the unconscious mind. So bear this in mind the next time you need to choose between the flat-pack wardrobe and the futon: trust your instincts.

Johnjoe McFadden is professor of molecular genetics at the University of Surrey.

Republished with permission: Original article at the Guardian