“The [human] observer creates reality and not the other way around. . . . that is factually correct. It is an elementary conclusion from quantum mechanics. . . . but we, the physicists, do NOT say it—or if we do say it, we only whisper it, and in private—furiously blushing as we mouth the words. True, yes; politically correct, hell no!”-Richard Conn Henry, Professor of Physics (Johns Hopkins University), Journal of Scientific Exploration (2009)
Hello friends, I have not posted here for a while, so I hope that you all had a marvelous 2020 (it was all fun and dandy, was it not?).
Today, I had the urge to talk about a subject that may challenge certain preexisting worldviews, but could potentially help a lot of people, especially if one is going through a tough time. The purpose of this post is to provide the necessary empowerment to create for yourself a better reality. And don’t worry, I’ll keep it short.
Now, this concept of “creating your reality” often comes up in New Age circles, usually along with the appealingly-named “law of attraction.” Is there any sort of scientific validity to these so-called laws, or is it all a bunch of hippie hogwash? That’s an excellent question. But before we dive too deep down the rabbit hole, it’s important for us to lay an ontological foundation.
Since the dawn of quantum physics in the early 20th century, an increasing number of thinkers have speculated that our existence is holographic in nature—even a simulation. Indeed, giants of modern physics—including Werner Heisenberg, David Bohm, John Wheeler, and more recently Tom Campbell—have concluded from experiment that the very fabric of our reality is simply information, with independently existing atoms replaced by probability distributions, actualized by an observing mind.
And yet Heisenberg particularly, in conversation with Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, acknowledged the many parallels between the modern physics and ancient spiritual tradition. “Quantum theory will not look ridiculous to people who have read Vedanta,” he is quoted as saying.
“Science no longer confronts nature as an objective observer, but sees itself as an actor in this interplay between man and nature. . . . the idea of an objective real world whose smallest parts exist objectively in the same sense as stones or trees exist, independently of whether or not we observe them . . . is impossible.”-Werner Heisenberg, Nobel Prize-winning quantum physicist, The Physicist’s Conception of Nature (1958)
Although experiments in new science may certainly come with some mind-bending implications, no amount of controlled experiment can substitute for the wisdom gleaned from your own experience, which may very well lead to a place of knowing—and that’s when reality really begins to change.
Personally, my experience with lucid dreaming—which renowned quantum physicist Richard Feynman was also interested in—has come with the Inception-esque realization that the mind is a lot more powerful than we are led to believe, and conscious observation may go hand-in-hand with creation. I never fail to be amazed at the sheer reality of the experience; though perhaps a dream is just that—another version of reality.
On the other hand, perhaps this physical reality is just another form of dream, for indeed can we know anything outside of our own consciousness? Maybe the mystics and idealist philosophers (now supported by quantum physics) were right all along, and we simply have it all backwards—that space and time are subject to consciousness, and not the other way around. We decode information from quantum possibilities and project “outward” our reality, both individually and collectively.
From this perspective, the brain simply acts as a transmitter, localizing our perceptions to our normal vicinity from a much greater field of information, analogous to a screen within a virtual reality.
Now, concepts such as the “law of attraction” assume that there is an interactive component to this filtering of reality—that within and without harmonize, and one is able to modify future probabilities.
Consequently you may experience things like synchronicity, or meaningful coincidence—a term coined by notable crazy person Carl Jung with the help of Nobel Prize-winning quantum physicist Wolfgang Pauli. The two of them theorized a link between this phenomenon and quantum entanglement, speculating that it could spark an awakening to an unus munus, or larger dream-like reality in which there is an intimate connection between an observer and what is perceived.
Amazingly, recent variations of quantum experiments do seem to establish consciousness as an active agent—even passive observation affects the observed reality! John Wheeler, the revered Princeton physicist who coined the term “black hole”, didn’t exactly define this process as the New Agey law of attraction. Rather, he posited an “it-from-bit” (information-based) “participatory universe.” Now I’ve already written extensively on the science behind this in a previous post, but it is quite important to note that present-day scientists are now validating Wheeler’s thought experiments from decades ago under controlled conditions, adding great credence to his notions about reality.
That is, not only are we actively participating in the creation of reality through our conscious interaction with this field of quantum probabilities, but even time itself is not what we are led to believe. Though all this happens so incredibly seamlessly that it’s easy to fall into the materialist trap that we are powerless observers, and the “outside world” is detached.
“Modern quantum theory, the overarching principles of 20th Century physics leads to quite a different view of reality, a view that man, or intelligent life, or communicating observer participators are the whole means by which the very universe is created: without them, nothing. . . . We are participators in bringing into being not only the near and here but the far away and long ago.”-John Archibald Wheeler, PhD quantum physicist (Princeton University), “The Anthropic Universe” ABC interview (2006)
This is where perception comes into play. The sum of our thoughts, beliefs and intentions form a kind of electromagnetic prism that filters our reality, and we interact with this reality through sympathetic resonance. Yes, things seem physical from a materialist point of view. You can sit on a chair and not fall through. But scientifically, that chair you are sitting on is composed of atoms of 99.9% (repeating) empty space. So in this sense of a holographic reality, we interact solely with what resonates at our own band of frequency; only then does it seem “real” to us.
Theoretically, there are layers upon layers of other worlds existing simultaneously within our same space, only we cannot see them—they are like other “channels” on a TV station. And as scientists such as Hugh Everett posited, there may even be an infinity of timelines embedded within this overall field of probability, and we are constantly “choosing” between realities via the collapsing of a universal wavefunction. But our state of being—our prism of electromagnetic frequency—allows us to actively participate in this timeline choosing. We may alter the probabilities using our thinking alone, for consciousness is linked with the very fabric of reality.
In other words, we may willfully alter the “receiver wavelength capability” of the brain, which would therefore expand our limits of perception.
“The only way we can change our lives is to change our energy — to change the electromagnetic field we are constantly broadcasting. In other words, to change our state of being, we have to change how we think and how we feel. . . . The quantum field responds not to what we want; it responds to who we are being.”-Dr. Joe Dispenza, Becoming Supernatural (2017)
Unfortunately, as a collective society, we are thoroughly conditioned since childhood to interact with this quantum field in an extremely restricted fashion. We are taught that we are insignificant—nothing more than cosmic accidents—and we should take for granted the miracle of our consciousness. Not to mention, miracles are impossible! And anything that does not align with our (ironically invalidated) materialist paradigm simply cannot happen! Soon, the magic we are born with dissipates.
While operating from this prism of negative beliefs, the quantum field has no other choice but to reflect back to you experiences in line with this mundane view of reality. Similarly, if you are engrained with the idea that we are living in a callous universe where only bad things happen, that is going to be true for you. You will interact with the field of probability as to increase the chances of perceiving this negativity, essentially nudging yourself towards a fear-based timeline. This is why it is so important to not get stuck in a victim mentality.
This is not to say that people aren’t born in some very tough situations, or go through real tragedy. But one must simply ask themselves a simple question: is it better to blame the world, or believe that you have the power to change the situation? The former will guarantee you that change will never happen, endlessly recreating the same conditions in the present. The latter will bestow you with the faith to overcome, and perhaps even help you to grow from what occurred.
If you are going through a tough time right now, switching to this growth mindset may serve you tremendously. Moreover, ask if there is a deeper reason for the suffering. Find what it is trying to teach you, grow from it, and learn the lesson. Transform your perspective by redefining negative situations as catalysts for evolution.
American neuroscientist Dr. Joe Dispenza has documented hundreds of people from around the world who have experienced spontaneous remissions from life-threatening illness, and found that with every case the person took some kind of responsibility for their internal states of being actually contributing to the disease. From there they were able to radically change their way of thinking, visualizing other possibilities, and with enough faith they underwent miraculous healing—in a sense manifesting for themselves a timeline through the multiverse in which they were perfectly healthy. As he likes to say, they themselves became the placebo.
Dr. Dispenza now leads retreats where he witnesses what many would consider miracles of transformation. Though as someone who understands the quantum nature of reality, he recognizes that they aren’t so much miracles as they are consequences of opening oneself up to the realms of possibility. Indeed, it was the Nobel Prize-winning neurophysiologist Sir John Eccles who noted in his 1994 book How the Self Controls Its Brain, “This objection would certainly be sustained by neuroscientists who are still ideologically in the physics of the nineteenth century, not recognizing the revolution wrought by quantum physicists in the twentieth century.”
One might scoff at this mode of thinking, shouting, “I didn’t ask to be born this way!” Indeed, there are many people who are born in situations or with handicaps that seem impossible to overcome. Now surely, they are victims of a callous universe. Yet the findings of pioneering psychologists such as Dr. Michael Newton—of which I’ve also previously written—throw this mentality into question. Newton has taken thousands of patients into such deep trance that they connect with a greater part of their being, and discover that they are much more empowered than they are led to believe.
“Many handicapped people think if it were not for a genetic mistake, or being the victim of an accidental injury which damaged their body, their lives would be more fulfilled. As heartless as this may sound, my cases show few real accidents involving body damage which don’t fall under the free will of souls. . . . As souls, we choose our bodies for a reason. . . . The case histories of my clients convince me that the effort necessary to overcome a body impediment does accelerate advancement.”-Dr. Michael Newton, Journey of Souls (1994)
So maybe, just maybe, we chose to be born into a variety of circumstances for a greater purpose. If this were true, then who are we to judge anyone? Or blame the world, for that matter? Knowing that you were born into a tough situation for a reason certainly helps one to understand and overcome. And recognizing that we possess the will to create destiny—even at a level beyond the conscious mind—affords us a sense of spiritual empowerment. Consciousness is eternal, and the soul never dies.
But while we’re on this planet Earth, I’ll maintain one thing: only once you take accountability for the circumstances of your reality—for your own happiness, regardless of how the outside world seems—can you truly allow your reality to change. In other words, rather than waiting for the outside world to look better, making your peace of mind conditional on finding the right partner or electing the right politician, start from within and change your state of being. From there manifest a more positive reality from the inside-out—now that is true empowerment.
Once you expand that band of frequency, you begin interacting with the quantum field in a more unrestricted sense. I’m not saying you need to drink ayahuasca or devote yourself to meditation (though it does indeed help). Simply opening your mind to greater possibilities may allow you to experience things previously thought impossible. This includes, but is not limited to: psychic phenomena, improbable synchronicities, messages and visions, out-of-body experiences, and otherworldly interactions—no LSD required. You start noticing more of what’s really been there all along, but just couldn’t see; the paranormal becomes a normal part of day-to-day reality, and there is a malleability to this world that you didn’t recognize previously.
Speaking of psi phenomena, I was reviewing Princeton studies into scientific remote viewing, which found “robust evidence” for the replicable existence of this US-military developed practice. However, in all of these studies they stress just how importance it is to have an atmosphere of belief in order to yield the best results (and thus do it yourself). Now of course there is an enormous body of data—never mind millions of experiences—attesting to the existence of psi phenomena, admitted by even some of the most celebrated skeptics. Though I cannot help but chuckle at the irony of close-minded men conducting a debunking study, interacting with the field of probability such as to precisely reflect their narrow beliefs—namely, that what’s paranormal to them is absolutely impossible, hence mirrored in their testing. “Seeing is believing” is an age old adage, but at some point it helps to flip it around.
Ultimately, more important than any psychic ability is the necessity for our species to develop greater empathy, for through all these experiences, we may slowly start to see beyond the illusion.
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”-Albert Einstein, Letter of Feb 1950, as quoted in The New York Times (29 March, 1972)
So break this incessant cycle of pointing fingers at others, handing your power over to scapegoats and saviors, feeding the division game the media loves to perpetuate. And while you’re at it, I’d recommend to put an end to that Hollywood fear porn, planting weeds in the subconscious, especially if you know just how powerful is our consciousness. The ego is what divides and demonizes—between race, gender, religion and political party—while the soul knows no bounds, and only encourages unity.
Just imagine the reality we could collectively create if we united in shared focus—just imagine what we could accomplish. It is my firm belief that true, long-lasting change will not come by any political or fiscal policy but by a radical shift in human consciousness. Anything else seems to be an exercise in futility, hate leading to more hate, partisan fighting leading to more partisan fighting, waiting for someone else to save us. Of course there is legislation that matters, such as defending civil rights and liberties, but even those are only reflections of an underlying change in consciousness.
Luckily, it seems that there is an awakening. And Harvard-trained quantum physicist John Hagelin notes how quickly the hologram can shift when just a few thousand people raise their frequency:
Lastly, it’s fine to want things to make you happy, but continual wanting will only emphasize that lack—creating more wanting. Rather, it is important to be grateful for what we already have. And even if it does not appear that your life is fruitful, in some probable timeline—or alternate present—there already exists the life of your greatest dreams. Be grateful for it in this moment, rejecting the notion of putting conditions on your happiness, and take positive action to see it manifest. This type of thinking plants an anchor in the multiverse, guiding you down an optimal timeline. Nothing is impossible, unless you say it so.
But once you have a vision, and really feel it—let it go. The higher aspect of your soul can truly see from a transcendent perspective, bringing you those experiences that you really need. It may not be the nice car that you want from your local law of attraction seminar, yet it may grant you a life you could have never imagined. So do away with expectation. And even if you are handed hard times, know that it is possible to grow through them. Distill the wisdom from the experience and learn the lesson, even if it is to simply not let your state of being depend on the “outside.”
Maybe it is time for us to envision a better planet. We could collectively create heaven on Earth with no violence needed, not even a single protest. Truly, it all starts within consciousness—because that is your most fundamental essence. So resolve now to be the version of self you wish your future world to reflect.