The message that’s coming out of our exploration of the spiritual side of quantum physics is, “The universe we live in appears material but it’s not. It is Divine Intelligence expressing as a physical universe that’s aligned with our thoughts.” The thoughts we hold in our thinking minds guide the creation of all that we see and experience. To further our understanding of how these thoughts can manifests our personal experience of life and the events, conditions and situations that surround us, let’s review the hard evidence that’s been catalogued to this point. “The most clear headed science,” to use Max Planck’s words, has told us the following:
- Everything in the physical universe is made of matter. All matter is made of atoms. Atoms vary only in the number of electrons, protons and neutrons they contain. Each of these subatomic particles is energy behaving as a particle.
- Atoms are the building blocks of matter. However, materially speaking they are the most insubstantial of things imaginable. More than 99.99999% of their volume is empty space. The components of atoms are so materially insignificant that we can say they are almost not there. Atoms form molecules that are almost not there. Molecules form living cells, organs and systems in our bodies that are almost not there. It’s only the presence of energy that gives them the look and feel of material substance.
- Laboratory experiments demonstrate unambiguously that atoms and the subatomic particles they are made of attain their infinitesimal degree of materiality only when an observation is made, not before. This is where physics and spirituality collide head on because an observation strongly implies the role consciousness plays in the process. Prior to observation, atoms and subatomic particles exist as what physicists call a probability wave function. A probability wave function of an electron isn’t the electron. It’s the probability it will show up when an observation occurs. Before then, the particle simply does not exist in any physical sense. Just think about how this elevates the importance of observation in the manifestation process! Without changing the term’s meaning, in this book we are using the term “idea” instead of probability wave function because it’s simply a more useful description of what it is.
- Matter is energy. This fact arises from Einstein’s eloquently simple formula, E = mc2, part of his immensely successful theory of special relativity. Matter isn’t something that used to be energy but now has transformed into something else. Matter is energy now. The chair you are sitting on is energy. It is a complex yet unique pattern of energy frequencies.
Matter and energy are the same thing but they behave quite differently. (An analogy is water vapor and ice. They are the same thing too but they also behave differently.) A notable difference is that energy does not take up “space” but matter does. An unlimited number of energy particles (photons) can be concentrated at a single point. In the case of matter, only one particle can occupy each point in space. Also, energy does not experience time while matter does. (Einstein’s theory tells us that a photon is both at its starting point and at its destination at the same time.) Summarizing, matter is bound by space and time while energy is free of space and time restraints.
We could say: Matter is energy that’s no longer in the form of an idea. It has already been observed. Alternatively, we could say matter is energy (an idea) that’s been restricted to three dimensions of space and one dimension of time. The process of energy becoming matter is called “separation.” Matter is an idea that’s been restricted to right here, right now. What caused this to happen? Using terms physicists would prefer: Observation caused it. Using terms idealists would prefer: Thought focused on the idea caused it. Either way, it resulted in separation.
- The majority of physicists agree that all the matter of the universe came into existence in the event called the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. At that instant, a vast amount of energy materialized and quickly transformed into an incalculable number of subatomic particles. It was the mother of all separation events. Under the force of gravity, hydrogen gas coalesced into billions of galaxies and many trillions of stars. Within those stars, hydrogen converted into all the other heavier elements including oxygen and carbon. The larger of those stars then exploded in what are called supernova outbursts. The stars’ elements were ejected into the nearby universe where they eventually coalesced again into still more stars but this time, because of the presence of heavier elements such as oxygen, carbon, iron and many others, planets formed too. The matter in one of those outbursts became the Earth and, eventually, you and I. Our bodies are 99% hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Every speck of our bodies came from inside that star that exploded billions of years ago. We are the remains of that star. We are stardust. All of this is well established scientifically. However, the big question has not been answered scientifically. Where did the energy come from that became the particles? A knowledgeable materialist might say it came out of nothing. It just showed up. An idealist might say it came from an idea that arose out of the preexisting field of consciousness, the realm of infinite possibilities.
- Particles, having once been entangled within a common system but then are separated continue to be able to communicate with each other instantaneously regardless of how far apart they become. Their ability to communicate instantly is as if they never separated. In physics terms, this is called non-locality. The theory of quantum mechanics predicted this all the way back to the 1920’s but for many decades, many physicists doubted it. Albert Einstein was the most notable of the doubters. The principle of non-locality seemed to him to violate logic as well as his theory of special relativity, which says nothing, not even communication signals, can move faster than light. Einstein called non-locality, “Spooky action at a distance.” In the intervening years, experiments have established unambiguously that we actually do live in a non-local universe. Entangled particles do communicate instantaneously even if trillions of miles have separated them.
Physics’ most commonly accepted explanation for non-locality is called the hidden variables theory. It says that there exists in the universe some kind of underlying reality that’s hidden from the view of the experimenter. What is that underlying reality? The theory does not answer that question. After all, it is hidden from view. It’s interesting to consider that all particles in the universe started out as one infinitesimally small point of energy. All of them must have been entangled at the moment of the Big Bang. Therefore, many who lean to the idealist perspective conclude that the underlying reality is the Oneness of the universe, also known as consciousness.
- Light is energy. It’s made of particles called photons. From its own perspective, a photon will arrive at its destination at the same instant is departs its source because, in its experience, neither space nor time exist. Even if its source and destination are separated by the width of our galaxy, its passage is instantaneous. (By our measure, it will take light 100,000 years to make that journey.) In addition, the photon is at all points between its source and its destination at that same instant. To us in the physical realm of separation, this is extremely weird behavior. However, if light exists outside the physical universe in a “place” where there is no space or time, where there is no separation, this behavior suddenly is not strange at all. In fact, it is quite predictable. Interestingly, this sounds remarkably similar to the hidden variables theory’s underlying reality already discussed. It becomes difficult to avoid the conclusion that light exists not in the physical realm where we live our lives but rather in entanglement’s underlying reality. This “place” is what we’ve labeled, the realm of Oneness or consciousness.