Note: I hope you enjoy this post from over four years ago. It feels like a good time to revisit these ideas.
To paraphrase Terence McKenna,
“Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. We need to explore new ideas of who we are.”
I know for a fact that in the middle of my life I was in crisis for the same reason. As within, so without. What might a new idea of who we are look like? And, what difference could a new idea make to our world crisis? Despite my rudimentary understanding of quantum physics, I’d like to use it to try to answer answer these questions.
I’ve never forgotten my high school psychology teacher’s casual remark one day that we only use about a tenth of our brain’s potential. This remark triggered my latent philosopher and I started asking the big questions about life: “What potential lies dormant in me and humanity?” “Does God have anything to do with my psyche?” “What is this force we call God?”
At 17 I fell in love with Christianity. At 27 a spiritual vision dropped me to my knees. At 37 a kundalini awakening dropped me into free fall. At 47 I landed on solid ground via the parachute of Jungian psychology. New worlds of exciting ideas opened to me via my Jungian studies. They pointed me toward dreams, mythology, meditation, world religions, symbolism, alchemy, synchronicity, brain lateralization, and quantum physics.
It was clear to me that all these subjects were related to each other, and the unifying factor seemed to be human consciousness. At the suggestion of my dear friend, Jungian therapist Ann Kennedy, I read The Field: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe, by journalist and author Lynne McTaggart. The Field synthesizes some of the latest scientific discoveries related to consciousness. Together they present some mind-blowing findings about who we are and how we can help heal the world.
Finding #1: Each of us has a field of influence on the world and vice versa.
Finding #2: Everything is in connection and balance with the rest of the cosmos via an exchange of energy.
Finding #3: We are beings of light. Our biological processes are driven by photons of light in every molecule of our bodies. The photons are emitted from each molecule to every other molecule in electromagnetic waves via the water in our cells. The water retains, transmits and amplifies information and energy.
Finding #4: Consciousness is a global phenomenon that occurs everywhere in the body, and not simply in our brains. “Consciousness, at its most basic…[is] coherent [unified and ordered] light.” McTaggart, p. 94.
Finding #5: There is an ocean of microscopic vibrations in the space between things. The universe is a heaving sea of energy exchange, with a basic substructure, or field called the Zero Point Field, containing all possible versions of all possible forms of matter. This means that nature is
“…not blind and mechanistic, but open-ended, intelligent and purposeful, making use of a cohesive learning feedback process of information being fed back and forth between organisms and their environment. Its unifying mechanism…[is] not a fortunate mistake but information which…[has] been encoded and transmitted everywhere at once.” McTaggart, pp. 94-5.
“The fact that the human body was exchanging information with a mutable field of quantum fluctuation suggested something profound about the world. It hinted at human capabilities for knowledge and communication far deeper and more extended than we presently understand. It also blurred the boundary lines of our individuality—our very sense of separateness. If living things boil down to charged particles interacting with a field and sending out and receiving quantum information, where did we end and the rest of the world begin? Where was consciousness—encased inside our bodies or out there in The Field? Indeed, there was no more ‘out there’ if we and the rest of the world were so intrinsically connected.” McTaggart, p. 96.
Finding #6: When we wish for something or intend something, an act which requires a great deal of unity of thought, we have an ability to extend our own coherent thought out into our environment. This represents an almost unimaginable amount of power to create, organize and heal.
I found this very exciting. So this is what a new idea of ourselves looks like. Next time I’ll share more findings. Meanwhile, I invite your responses to this second question I asked at the beginning: If enough of us become coherent in this new idea of who we really are, what difference could it make to our world crisis?
May the Force be with you.
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