Research reported in The Field (2008) was directed toward studying connections between quantum physics and human consciousness. The scientists sought explanations for a variety of theories and phenomena that have long permeated myth, religion, medicine and philosophy.
As we know from the experiences of Copernicus, Galileo, and countless others, science has always fought new ideas which challenge established theories until the research is sufficiently replicated and validated by independent observers. So it should be, and so it was for the studies discussed in this book.
In every field of human endeavor, progress begins with a tiny seed of intuition that grows into the bud of an idea, flowers into research and new discoveries, and culminates in nourishing fruits enjoyed by all. Each phase is essential to the process; each explorer contributes to our evolving knowledge. With this understanding, we remain open to possibilities suggested by author Lynne Mactaggart about who we really are and how we can make a difference.
“If we could understand the inherent potential available to us we might learn how to systematically tap into it, which would vastly improve every area of our lives, from communication and self-knowledge, to our interaction with our material world. Science would no longer reduce us to our lowest common denominator. It would help us take a final evolutionary step in our own history by at last understanding ourselves in all of our potential.” McTaggart, p. 225-6
“If we could finally work out the science of medicine that treats human energy levels and the exact nature of the ‘energy’ that was being treated, the possibilities for improved health [are] unimaginable.” p. 226
“The coming scientific revolution heralded the end of dualism in every sense. Far from destroying God, science for the first time was proving His [sic] existence—by demonstrating that a higher, collective consciousness was out there. There no longer need to be two truths, the truth of science and the truth of religion. There could be one unified vision of the world” (p. 226) which could reduce hostilities instigated by polarized thinking.
“This…could give us back a sense of optimism, something that has been stripped out of our sense of ourselves with the arid vision of twentieth-century philosophy, largely derived from the views espoused by science.” p. 226
“We [are] not isolated beings living our desperate lives on a lonely planet in an indifferent universe. We never were alone. We were always part of a larger whole. We were and always had been at the center of things. Things did not fall apart. The center did hold and it was we who were doing the holding.” p. 226 Perhaps if a critical mass feels this hope, it can spread to people who are deeply disillusioned and disappointed by outdated ideas of who they are, thus reducing meaninglessness and certain forms of depression.
“[A] living system of greater coherence could exchange information and create or restore coherence in a disordered, random or chaotic system. The natural set of the living world appeared to be order—a drive toward greater coherence…. By the act of observation and intention, we have the ability to extend a kind of super-radiance to the world.” pp. 138-9 Perhaps those who acquire greater coherence through meditation are on the right track when they send loving kindness into the world! Who knows? Maybe their efforts are behind our new interest in eliminating practices responsible for our increasingly chaotic ecological systems.
A finding that children are open to far more information in The Field than the average adult is especially heartening. p. 138 Just yesterday I learned that as of this fall, our grandchildren’s school will incorporate a few minutes of yoga and “loving kindness” meditation and mindfulness into their morning meetings. I’m so pleased!
Here are some thoughts offered by my readers:
Brian: “An accessing of universal unconscious material by an increasing number of humans brings forward new dialogues, understandings, new positive choices become available, routes away from the history of conflict. Hopefully also a synthesis of religious thought and a route for the previously agnostic to access a real connection to the”spiritual” nature of existence.”
Susan: “There is no question in my mind as to the power of critical mass having a profound influence on the world, hopefully for the benefit of all. And if we can…see, really see, the unity that is inherent in our lives, of all things big and small, our service in doing the hard inner work is thus meaningful. I’m taking away from your post the need to pray for peace around the world in the hope that my tiny vibration adds to the whole.”
Sally: Having read as much as I could understand about quantum physics for years, one of the most exciting developments is that it is destroying the divisive either/or controversy between science and religion and leads to a deeper understanding of the both/and reality of spirit-energy of all life.
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In the unconscious we have, after all, to reckon with other categories than in consciousness; this is similar to quantum physics, where facts are altered by the act of observation, as, for example, in the observation of the atomic nucleus.
I love it. Once again you find the perfect quote for the occasion. I know Jung was in contact with Wolfgang Pauli and other physicists. Don’t you wonder what he would have made of the newest research? Thank you, Lewis. I may have to add this quote to this piece.
I feel a sense of optimism Jeannie even among all the darkness. Dualistic ways of being have been destructive in so many ways, but perhaps necessary to bring us to this point and place in time where we have a true appreciation of inherent unity amongst all things. Chaos and order are 2 sides of the same coin. As Sally says, it’s not ‘either:or’, but ‘both:and’. Jung’s emphasis on the opposites is central to his work and central to a better understanding of ourselves and the world. I guess the value is inter alia that we recognise our own darkness and withdraw the projections we put upon others. The wheel turns slowly but perhaps it’s gaining a little more traction – all those tiny vibrations help! Thank you for including my words from your last post! That was a nice surprise! And thank you for this lovely post! May the Force be with us all ..:)
Thank you, Susan. Jung’s “emphasis on the opposites” helped me understand and accept myself more than perhaps any of his other ideas. And of course, my awareness of them in myself was the impetus that compelled me to unite them. It was the answer I’d been looking for since I first became aware of my inner world, for the very reasons you describe. I do think the wheel is gaining a little more traction, and I’m very grateful for the growing community of people who are opening to their inner lives and gaining more coherence as a result.
I love this insight: “I no longer need to ‘believe’ because I trust an ‘inner guru’ or ‘Force’ which I, like Carl Jung, call the Self.”
I rely on inner guidance from spiritual and psychological experience, dreams, and rarer intuitions. I live in an extended community with people who are questers and Jungians. I rarely go to the grocery store without seeing a Tibetan Buddhist monk and in a few weeks I’ll spend time meditating with a Korean Zen master in a retreat just three miles from my home. I am personally surrounded by grace. I pray more of us will open to wider perspectives before it’s too late for our planet.
Some of my current pessimism comes from my deep connection to the field of nature in my personal world. Drought and its consequences make the earth and our very existence feel fragile–and I don’t even live in California. May there be manna in many forms.