Physical Reality is a Manifestation of Thoughts

By Thomas Herold in Scientific Background on March 2nd, 2007 / 8 Comments

Throughout human history, our expanding and deepening understanding of the universe has always had to fight its way through the firmly entrenched, but inaccurate, beliefs of the day. For example:

6th Century BC – Pythagoras: The earth is spherical, not flat.
16th Century AD – Copernicus: The sun is at the center of the universe.
20th Century AD – Einstein: E=mc(2) Mass and energy are equivalent.

And here we are again…21st Century AD – TBD: Physical reality is a manifestation of thought.

For decades, a small group of visionary scientists have been probing the boundaries of physical reality and human consciousness. These breakthrough scientists of our time – our Pythagoras, our Copernicus, our Einstein – have shown in experiment after experiment, study after study, that there is more to the Universe than the physical.

Our Universe is More Like a Thought Than a Thing
They have demonstrated what the “New Science” has been pointing to for nearly half a century: that our universe is more like a thought than a thing, and is actually a manifestation of consciousness. While this will be one of science’s most life-changing revelations ever, for many it will not be a new notion … just as the spherical nature of the earth and the sun’s central place in our universe were not new ideas once they were finally accepted by the masses.

The truth of the creative nature of thought has also been around for a very long time. Mostly, it’s been known in the domain of religion and spirituality – “As ye believe, so shall it be,” “We reap what we sow.” However, in 2004, filmmaker and entrepreneur William Arntz brought these ideas – and their scientific underpinnings – to millions more through his groundbreaking, award-winning, hybrid documentary feature film, What the BLEEP Do We Know!? The film explored the emerging convergence of these ancient spiritual principles with leading edge science. And pointed out how adherence to these new notions of reality will utterly change the planet.

In the movie, the leading character, Amanda, played by Academy Award-winner Marlee Matlin, wends her way through a “dark night of the soul,” followed by a transformative awakening. As we observe Amanda’s moves through life, scientists comment on how our beliefs, brain chemistry, memories, and other factors form our lives. Animation shows how our neurobiology informs our experience, and – in the more recent Down the Rabbit Hole “prequel” to the What the BLEEP film – the legendary double-slit quantum physics experiment illustrates the elusiveness of physical reality.

There’s More to “The Secret” than “Thought is Creative”
Lately, a popular phenomenon called The Secret has emerged on the Internet and in the media. A top-selling book and DVD, The Secret presents The Law of Attraction – the premise that we attract into our lives the content of our thoughts, both “positive” and “negative.” “While certainly true,” notes Arntz, who has studied the field for decades, “The Law of Attraction is just one strand in an incredibly complex, sophisticated, and awesome tapestry of how the universe works.

For example, quantum entanglement says that at the most fundamental level, all matter is intimately connected across space and time. When that concept is applied to the idea that mind and matter, like matter and energy, are the same, you realize that everything, everyone, is, in fact, inextricably woven together.

“This ‘New Science’ is not about to go away,” says Arntz. “These scientists are pointing out that our physical reality – both as individuals and in the largest macro sense – is interconnected with our consciousness. They are on the verge of explaining how it works on all levels, in all fields. And that knowledge will transform our understanding of health, medicine, business, governance, and every domain of human endeavor. We are on that trajectory now, and it’s just a matter of time – and not that long a time – before this explosion of understanding transforms us all.”

Scores of individuals, organizations, research institutes, and other committed explorers are pursuing these investigations. Among the most influential experts in the field over the last 30 years are:

  • Fritjof Capra, Ph.D. Physicist and systems theorist, author or co-author of 11 books, including the groundbreaking, The Tao of Physics(1975).
  • Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. Biologist, author or co-author of 10 books, including A New Science of Life (1981) and Seven Experiments That Could Change the World: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Revolutionary Science.
  • Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D. The founder of systems philosophy and twice nominated for the Noble Peace Prize, is the author or editor of 69 books, including The Connectivity Hypothesis: Foundations of an Integral Science of Quantum, Cosmos, Life, and Consciousness (2003).
  • Edgar Mitchell, Sc.D. Moon-walking astronaut, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and author of The Way of the Explorer (1996).
  • Dean Radin, Ph.D. Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Science, author or co-author of three books, including The Conscious Universe: The scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena (1997).
  • Roger Nelson, Ph.D. Research Coordinator of Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) at Princeton University. Currently heads the Global Consciousness Project at Princeton.
  • Candace Pert, Ph.D. Pharmacologist made groundbreaking discoveries about neuropeptides and their receptors, author of several books and tapes including Molecules of Emotion: The Science Behind Mind-Body Medicine (1999).
  • Andrew Newberg, M.D. Associate Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, author of three books including Why We Believe What We Believe (2006).
  • Bruce Lipton, Ph.D. Cell biologist and author of several books, including The Biology Of Belief: Unleashing The Power Of Consciousness, Matter And Miracles (2005).
  • Gary Zukav, author of several books, including The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics (1979).
  • Fred Alan Wolf, Ph.D. Physicist and author of nine books, including Taking The Quantum Leap: The New Physics For Nonscientists (1981).
  • William Tiller, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus – Stanford University, author or co-author five books, including Science and Human Transformation: Subtle Energies, Intentionality and Consciousness (1997).
  • Lynne McTaggart, journalist and author of five books, including The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe (2003).

“Fascinating experiments are underway,” notes Arntz, “in research facilities all around the world. The results of this scientific exploration will point humanity in an entirely new direction. We will find that many of the age-old truths of the wisdom traditions are actually grounded in solid science. This will call upon humankind to behave in ways that promote cooperation, health, and peace, for the sake of our survival and success as a species.”

Arntz is committed to the dissemination of this information that will form “the basis for a new understanding of who and what we are, our actual power as individuals, and our mandate to serve life and future generations.” To this end, he has compiled a New Science Media Resource Directory and is making it available free of charge to journalists and other members of the media.

The directory will become available online during the week of March 12th. To request one, register at:

Or you can email your request for one to: [email protected] The website will also offer click-through options to visit the websites of some of the scientists and purchase various of their books.

“With these world-changing scientific breakthroughs,” Arntz reflects, “there’s always a small group of people who are at the leading edge of a new worldview. I want to enable as many media professionals as possible to be educated about this change before it happens. This is a change that will affect everyone.”

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8 Responses to “Physical Reality is a Manifestation of Thoughts”

  1. Angela Says:

    This article is over a year old…. sorry I’m just getting to it, and there are SO many others like it. I see no comments left, but maybe my comment will spur more anyway. I feel compelled to try to find some sort of harmonious ground – spiritually and physically.

    I previously felt that I was becoming “enlightened” via a persistent, albeit lonely, journey into studying as much about quantum mechanics as I could. In doing so, I come across many writings from experienced physicists and physicists in training that have left me somewhat on the fence about all this Law of Attraction and Quantum this or that.

    Articles like the one here feel warm and fuzzy, and articles like Stenger’s don’t, sure, but it IS logical to want to see the research to back up what is stated as factual, or all of this theory becomes becomes a mere psuedoscience.

    Stenger, for example, scientifically shows us a godless universe, (and even presents his information on why this is a better way to live), says there’s no real proof of this mind-body (thought manifesting reality) connection that today’s quantum mechanics is professing.

    He even explains the wave-particle duality very well in his article titled Quantum Quackery

    (I still say, “if you’re not looking, it’s all over the place, and it’s only IN A PERCEIVED SINGLE PLACE once you look at it…” kind of like “nailing it” quite simply because your eye HAS to “nail it” to see it, at least as far as my eye cells here and now know).

    Supposedly, serious physicists believe that people who enjoyed the movie “What the bleep” were sorely misinformed. (This kind of urinates all over any earth-shattering spiritual, mental or physical breakthroughs a person might have thought they were attaining by striving to understand what this movie presented so confidently).

    SO… does anybody know of real research past or present that can prove some of the “lofty” claims modern day quantum physics is making?

  2. Aliese Kellner-Joyce Says:

    By Aliese Kellner-Joyce, Actor, Dancer, Poet.

    Wow…this is facinating! I’m so glad I’ve found it. Hmmmmm…where do I start…..there’s so much to talk about. I’ll start with a poem I wrote….it broadly speaks of this mind body connection.


    Everything seems so real today
    The click tap cock of the pavements say
    Your faculties swamped in gravels face.
    I’ve seen you walk by here many a day
    Your breathe escaping in puddles of rain
    While punched out leaves find a place to stay
    Through a woodland in spit tip pattering May.

    Oh, everything just seems so real today,
    Our thoughts are with this old pavements face
    Our memories entrenched in what the gravels pray
    Our minds tormented by clarity, they say,
    Yearning the filth and comfort of sadness and pain
    Into burnt out ends of smoky days
    Thus unearthing the mire of our buried shame.

    Now, I’m not a master of physics, Science or quarks, anti quarks and the like……..but I do understand this connection, and feel it too.

    Isn’t it funny how words can capture one fleeting vignette or just one thought?

    Thought affects physicality as physicality affects thought. I guess it’s like CBT, cognitive behaviour therapy. We change the thought to transform behaviour, and it works. Imagine something called ‘Cognitive Behaviour Physicality Therapy’. Where a thought goes through the middle process to affect physicality…and the other way round. Wouldn’t this be evidence to the mind body connection…?…as would so many other pieces of evidence people have collected over the years. Maybe its a new form of therapy…watch someones physicality as they talk about, e.g, low self esteem issues. Make the individual aware of what they are doing physically, e.g, lowered eye contact, drooped shoulders etc and watch how things change as it is dramatically altered.

    You see there’s just so much to say. The energy on earth never changes right…all physical matter is when it dies or congeals reconstituted back into the earth and then back into living form again. So, if we attempt to trace any physical/material object back to its origin or source we will find we’re actually tracing it back to the beginning of the universe itself….or even previous to that….whenever …oh god, i’ll stop now, totally different conversation…ok….back to the point in hand….
    we will find we’re tracing it back to the beginning of the universe itself, where all material particles first began. So, essentially we are all extremely interconnected because we all have our roots at the beginning of the universe itself. We are all made of the same stuffs. If we attempt to find the source or origin of any physical thing we will find they all started at exactly the same time, place and from the same particle ( s )…..(or whatever the scientific word for it is).

    I guess that’s what my poem is about….the interconnectedness between all physical and non physical phenomena. Everything is intrinsically intertwined in some way. The relationship between the pavement, faculty of mind, the gravel, nature, memories and thoughts all give rise to encapsulating this mind body belief in one fleeting moment/feeling/reality that makes everything so so so clear…yet at times terrifying in its clarity because it takes us away from being life’s possessions’ slaves.

    Words…Words…Words…cannot convey emotion….as Sanford Meisner said ‘ an ounce of behaviour is worth a pound of words’.

  3. Arnulfo Bataller Says:

    Do you believe in coincidence or shall I say coincidental premonition? Would you believe that the first time I grilled some chillis was the night before the strong earthquake hit Chile? I had a premonition about a bus collision, a train collision and a sinking ship. After two days, there was a train collision in Belgium (new url: and bus collisions in Peru and Manila. A ship in France was hit by an unusual wave that killed two people, however ,the ship didn’t sink. (new url: I alos posted a shoutout in my Facebook account that says like this: “There would be more disasters to come and it seems that the end of days is coming soon! Mankind has gone so bad that the absence of respect to each other’s basic rights would lead to anarchy and the demise of society.” Just a3 hours after my post, an earhtquake hits turkey (news url My post got a comment from a friend who is in Colombia that goes like this: “We are walking towards a collective suicide, I knew that a few years ago, but nobody seems to believe! wake up brothers and sisters! We are all one, we’re all the same, when are we gonna understand that???????? I really dont know if bringing a child to this world or rather miss the beautiful experience of being a mother and be responsible..” Then a reply to the comment that says like this: “Hello! Could you believe it? I experienced a lot of coincidence and premonitions like this. When I visited New York, Washington & California, Switzerland in Google Earth I almost already know that snow storms would hit Europe, New York and central US. After all, these places have snowy winters during the winter but what about Texas, Nevada & Florida? I also visited Manila, Spain, Brazil, Guatemala and even Sharjah, my locality before the big floods occured! Maybe I’m just getting paranoid but statistics would tell.”

    And now it’s Russia. I intentionally Googled Moscow last week to see if it would happen again (torrential rain and flooding, I didn’t Goggle Pakistan though). It would help them control the forest fires at least. After all, torrential rain and flooding wouldn’t be as devastating as the raging fire if uncontrolled. Guess what’s happening now? You probably know it by now. A storm hit St. Petersburg and is heading to Moscow as I write this comment.

    So, what do we call these phenomenon? Prediction, coincidence, premonition, or manifestation? Would it be possible that if someone’s subconscious and consciousness is interwined with the world’s consciousness, amplifies manifestations of realities to a great level due to multitude of thoughts, brainwaves that vibrate in the same frequencies that in turn resonates with every conscious mind to focus on one common subject? Otherwise, is it possible that a group of people thinking in unison and having a common wish could better manifest realities just like people praying together for a common cause? Do you believe that the weather affects people’s state of mind and vice versa?

  4. noturaverageidiot Says:

    well people, tho this is who nows how long, even despite the lack of quantum physics evidence, which you will find many physicists would disagree with guy up there. also, the fact is logic dictated that due to the delay of info to the brain we live in a constantly behind real time world, and all things happen in your mind, there fore there is not even proof of an outside world, except that there seems to be laws, but now there are flaws, and believe me, logically one can disprove the existence of the brain. Quantum physics has found evidence to prove the existence of conscious creation, and consciously decided collapse. The stubborn disagree, but its either except that or that there is no world, which is better, every thing in ur head, or consciously created world, one or both are true.

  5. sunil Says:

    Few years late to comment. But the claim “Physical reality is a manifestation of thought” is over 2500 years old. This is a fundamental teaching in Buddhism. As Buddha says the universe is within in our mind and not out there. Just to give a new direction to the discussion. Hope this helps.

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  7. Yulina Says:

    Good article. However, there is an error; Copernicus discovered that sun is at the centre of our solar system not the universe. He discovered that earh rotates around sun not the otherway around.

  8. Stephen Gyves Says:

    Physical reality is not a manifestation of thought….LOL. My goodness…I wish people would stop with this Matrix stuff. Rather….thoughts are manifested from physical reality.

    Think of it this way….can physical reality exist without context (or our perception of it)….yes…it does all over the place. We can notice that when other people die, physical reality continues without them…so it’s my SWAG that physical reality can exist without thought. However, can our thoughts exist without physical reality…..need I really say more?

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