What Exactly is Quantum Physics?

Quantum physics is simply a science that studies and explains how everything in our world comes into existence. It starts from the physical aspect of the events, conditions and circumstances of everything in the Universe and breaks them down into their most basic form, attempting to discover the source energy from where it was derived.

Whether or not you may currently be aware, quantum physics, spirituality, your thoughts, emotions, and success or lack of success in life are ALL closely intertwined or interconnected. In fact, as modern day science has discovered, they're much more interconnected than you may realize.

Hmmm...Sounds pretty similar to the teachings of Ancient Wisdom. One must ask themselves if this information is really a new discovery or not.

Unless you have been exposed to physics at some point, just the mention of Quantum Physics may seem a bit overwhelming, but it's really not as intimidating or hard to understand as you may think.

Just developing a basic understanding will prove to solidify what is already known at some level of your awareness with regard to how the various events, conditions, and circumstances of your day to day life come into being.

These basics concerning quantum physics will enable you to construct the necessary solid foundation of "awareness" for beginning to build and experience your life consciously and purposefully in a way that you desire.

What are the basics?

In a nutshell quantum physics is based on the notion that we're all connected and can communicate with each other no matter how far apart. Sounds pretty neat, huh? Here's the proof:

In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals, you probably have never even heard Aspect's name. Although there are some who believe his discovery may change the face of science.

Aspect's experiment is related to the EPR Experiment, a consciousness experiment which had been devised by Albert Einstein and his colleagues, Poldlsky and Rosen, in order to disprove Quantum Mechanics on the basis of the Pauli Exclusion Principle contradicting Special Relativity.

Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances subatomic particles such as electrons are able to instantaneously communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them. It doesn't matter whether they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart.

Somehow each particle always seems to know what the other is doing. The problem with this feat is that it violates Einstein's long-held tenet that no communication can travel faster than the speed of light. Since traveling faster than the speed of light is tantamount to breaking the time barrier, this daunting prospect has caused some physicists to try to come up with elaborate ways to explain away Aspect's findings, but it has inspired others to offer even more radical explanations.

University of London physicist David Bohm, for example, believes Aspect's findings imply that objective reality does not exist. Despite its apparent solidity, the universe is only a gigantic and splendidly detailed hologram or a three-dimensional image reproduced from a pattern of interference.

However, after arriving at their views, Bohm and Pribram quickly realized the holographic model explained a number of other mysteries as well, including the apparent inability of any theory, no matter how comprehensive, ever to account for all the phenomena encountered in nature; the ability of individuals with hearing in only one ear to determine the direction from which a sound originates; and our ability to recognize the face of someone we have not seen for many years even if that person has changed considerably in the interim.

The most staggering thing about the holographic model was that it suddenly made sense of a wide range of phenomena so elusive they generally have been categorized outside the province of scientific understanding. These include telepathy, precognition, mystical feelings of oneness with the universe, and even psychokinesis, or the ability of the mind to move physical objects without anyone touching them.

Indeed, it quickly became apparent to the ever growing number of scientists who came to embrace the holographic model that it helped explain virtually all paranormal and mystical experiences, and in the last half-dozen years or so it has continued to galvanize researchers and shed light on an increasing number of previously inexplicable phenomena. For example:

In 1980 University of Connecticut psychologist Dr. Kenneth Ring proposed that near-death experiences could be explained by the holographic model. Ring, who is president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, believes such experiences, as well as death itself, are really nothing more than the shifting of a person's consciousness from one level of the hologram of reality to another.

In 1985 Dr. Stanislav Grof, chief of psychiatric research at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, published a book in which he concluded that existing neurophysiological models of the brain are inadequate and only a holographic model can explain such things as archetypal experiences, encounters with the collective unconscious, and other unusual phenomena experienced during altered states of consciousness.

At the 1987 annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Dreams held in Washington, D.C., physicist Fred Alan Wolf delivered a talk in which he asserted that the holographic model explains lucid dreams (unusually vivid dreams in which the dreamer realizes he or she is awake). Wolf believes such dreams are actually visits to parallel realities, and the holographic model will ultimately allow us to develop a "physics of consciousness" which will enable us to begin to explore more fully these other-dimensional levels of existence.

In his 1987 book entitled Synchronicity: The Bridge Between Matter and Mind, Dr. F. David Peat, a physicist at Queen's University in Canada, asserted that synchronicities (coincidences that are so unusual and so psychologically meaningful they don't seem to be the result of chance alone) can be explained by the holographic model. Peat believes such coincidences are actually "flaws in the fabric of reality." They reveal that our thought processes are much more intimately connected to the physical world than has been hitherto suspected.

These are only a few of the thought-provoking ideas that are explored in Talbot's book The Holographic Universe. Many of these ideas are extremely controversial. Indeed, the holographic model itself is highly controversial and is by no means accepted by a majority of scientists. Nonetheless, many important and impressive thinkers do support it and believe it may be the most accurate picture of reality we have to date.

One piece of evidence in favor of the holographic model is the paranormal itself. This is no small point, for in the last several decades a remarkable body of evidence has accrued suggesting that our current understanding of reality, the solid and comforting sticks-and-stones picture of the world we all learned about in high-school science class, is wrong. Because these findings cannot be explained by any of our standard scientific models, science has in the main ignored them. However, the volume of evidence has reached the point where this is no longer a tenable situation.

To give just one example, in 1987, physicist Robert G. Jahn and clinical psychologist Brenda J. Dunne, both at Princeton University, announced that after a decade of rigorous experimentation by their Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratory, they had accumulated unequivocal evidence that the mind can psychically interact with physical reality. More specifically, Jahn and Dunne found that through mental concentration alone, human beings are able to affect the way certain kinds of machines operate. This is an astounding finding and one that cannot be accounted for in terms of our standard picture of reality.

It can be explained by the holographic view, however. Conversely, because paranormal events cannot be accounted for by our current scientific understandings, they cry out for a new way of looking at the universe, a new scientific paradigm. In addition to showing how the holographic model can account for the paranormal, the book will also examine how mounting evidence in favor of the paranormal in turn actually seems to necessitate the existence of such a model.

The fact that the paranormal cannot be explained by our current scientific worldview is only one of the reasons it remains so controversial. Another is that psychic functioning is often very difficult to pin down in the lab, and this has caused many scientists to conclude it therefore does not exist.

An even more important reason is that contrary to what many of us have come to believe, science is not prejudice-free. Talbot first learned this a number of years ago when he asked a well-known physicist what he thought about a particular parapsychological experiment. The physicist (who had a reputation for being skeptical of the paranormal) looked at me and with great authority said the results revealed "no evidence of any psychic functioning whatsoever." Talbot had not yet seen the results, but because he respected the physicist's intelligence and reputation, he accepted his judgment without question. Later when the results were examined, Talbot was stunned to discover the experiment had produced very striking evidence of psychic ability. He then realized then that even well-known scientists can possess biases and blind spots.

What's Your View of Reality?

To enable people to better visualize what he means, Bohm offers the following illustration. Imagine an aquarium containing a fish. Imagine also that you are unable to see the aquarium directly and your knowledge about it and what it contains comes from two television cameras, one directed at the aquarium's front and the other directed at its side.

Consider this example experiment:
As you stare at the two television monitors, you might assume that the fish on each of the screens are separate entities. After all, because the cameras are set at different angles, each of the images will be slightly different; but as you continue to watch the two fish, you will eventually become aware that there is a certain relationship between them.

When one turns, the other also makes a slightly different but corresponding turn; when one faces the front, the other always faces toward the side. If you remain unaware of the full scope of the situation, you might even conclude that the fish must be instantaneously communicating with one another, but this is clearly not the case.

This, says Bohm, is precisely what is going on between the subatomic particles in Aspect's experiment.

According to Bohm, the apparent faster-than-light connection between subatomic particles is really telling us that there is a deeper level of reality we are not privy to, a more complex dimension beyond our own that is analogous to the aquarium. And, he adds, we view objects such as subatomic particles as separate from one another because we are seeing only a portion of their reality.

So Where Does the Rubber Meet the Road?

What does all this mean to you? How are you going to use it to help you accomplish goals as quickly as a Genie?

Remember that science has proven that the mind can powerfully effect things & events in our material world. It effects events & happenings in ways we can't always see. It's at the subatomic level!

Remember that we're always communicating with our universe. Every thought and word from our mouths is as powerful as a spell cast by a wizard. So pay attention to your thoughts! Pay attention to the words you speak! Are they focused on what you want or what you don't want?

If you don't talk to yourself, just notice how you feel most of the time. Are you happy & joyous or something less?

Does censoring your thoughts, words & feelings seem like lots of work? It is! When you're ready for some assistance such that you can automatically and effortlessly think thoughts that serve you and speak words that support yourself and others in excellence, be sure to check into taking a class in Neuro Linguistics . Even an intro class will dramaticly change your world. You can also **get one on tape**

For more information on quantum physics, read The Holographic Universe. Available in bookstores.

Some info on this page Copyright © 1991 by Michael Talbot Published by HarperPerennial/HarperCollins ISBN 0-06-092258-3

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