For those of us who tend to be more right-brained, quantum physics may be difficult to grasp - at least from a technical standpoint.
But, from a non-technical viewpoint, it's actually often highly intuitive - as easy as falling off a log.
When we try to read technical information about quantum physics, especially info written by a physicist or mathematician, it's easy to be confused. Technical language has confusion built into it. Lots of unusually long words and phrases seem to have been designed to confuse us novices.
Falling off a log is not always easy.
Intuitive approaches to understanding anything, including quantum
physics, are great because you and I can stumble across technical
explanations which complicate something we already grasp at an essential
level - and when we do, we feel like geniuses.
Wave-particle duality, Schrodinger's cat, the uncertainty principle, the double slit experiment, non-locality along with multiple versions of reality are all mind boggling. Fun ideas to play with mentally.
It's way too easy to dismiss them as something on the fringes of our everyday lives.
But that's only true because our existence in western culture has been dominated by simplistic and mechanistic explanations involving cause and effect.
Especially in medicine.
We've been trapped by a system of medical practice which has ignored more than 75 years of discovery in the field of quantum physics.
Dr. Bruce Lipton describes his experience of getting out of that trap in a highly entertaining way in The Biology of Belief.
He tells us in detail how he managed to avoid any contact with the study of quantum physics during his undergraduate years.
Dr. Lipton is a microbiologist who specialized in cell biology.
Not just any microbiologist, but a highly successful one who spent decades of his life as a professor on the staff of 2 prestigious medical schools.
He taught cell biology at the School of Medicine of the University of Wisconsin, and performed pioneering research in cell biology at Stanford University's School of Medicine.
He relates in a very succinct way how the control wielded by big pharmaceutical companies has prevented medical doctors from learning the true cause of illness and disease.
He also describes how it has happened that the very substances prescribed by doctors to help patients, have actually been among the most serious causes of death and disease in western culture.
Dr. Lipton defines iatrogenic illness for us: illness caused by medical treatment.
What? Illness caused by medical treatment.
Dr. Lipton quotes a conservative estimate published by the Journal of he American Medical Association which stated that iatrogenic illness is the third-leading cause of death in our country, with more than 120,000 deaths from adverse effects of prescribed medications each year.
Then he quotes another
study based on a ten-year survey of government statistics that showed
that 300,000 people die every year from adverse reactions to
Those numbers make iatrogenic illness the leading cause of death.
These are dismaying statistics, especially for a healing profession that has arrogantly dismissed three thousand years of effective Eastern medicine as unscientific, even though it is based on a deeper understanding of the universe. For thousands of years , long before Western scientists discovered the laws of quantum physics, Asians have honored energy as the principal factor contributing to health and well-being.
I don't know whether Eastern practitioners such as acupuncturists were familiar with any of the principles of quantum physics or Newtonian physics, or even Western biology.
It seems likely that their practices evolved as a result of keen observation of nature and man as a part of nature.
Ayurveda is another of those practices arrogantly labeled as archaic and unscientific by western medicine.
I went out and bought a copy of Quantum Healing by Deepak Chopra, after reading about Dr. Chopra and his work in Physician by Richard Leviton.
Incredibly enjoyable reading, in both cases - as is Lipton's book.
All of these books and many more underscore repeatedly the mind-body connection which is so vital to the well-being of every person on the planet.
A lot of extremely healthy individuals never read about these alternative health modalities.
They don't have to.
They just know intuitively that great health is automatic.
If they become ill, they just know that the illness will disappear. All that's necessary is to let nature have its way.
If they're struck by lightning, or hit by a bus, it's a different story. But knowing that the body can heal itself can be an important factor even in these situations.
Quantum physics makes self-healing possible. You don't have to understand it for it to work.
It works automatically if you let it. If you want, you can help it along with some conscious mind activity.
The continuous use of medicines along with ingesting other poisonous substances seems to interfere with the natural processes available to every person on the planet.
It's actually not interference.
It's the natural process working negatively because of side effects. Dr. Lipton says side effects are just effects.
Every atom, element, and compound has its own peculiar energy field.
You and I each have our peculiar unique energy fields and every cell in our bodies have energy fields.
These energy fields exist because everything consists of energy rather than particles.
The basic assumption of Western medical practice is that everything consists of extremely small particles, and everything behaves according to Newtonian physics.
I'm sitting at our dining table working on my laptop.
The table seems to be solid matter, sitting on the solid matter of our house built on a solid concrete foundation.
But it's not really solid.
It's just much more dense than my flesh and bones.
What's more dense?
Newtonian physicists with no background in quantum physics would say the molecules which form the material are more dense with many more molecules packed into each cubic unit than less dense matter.
So far, so good.
Quantum physicists would probably agree.
Where they part company is at the point of describing the nature of the atoms which make up the molecules.
Before quantum theories began to appear during the early decades of the 20th century, atoms were described as minute structures consisting of sub-atomic particles.
The sub-atomic particles were assumed to be very tiny bits of physical matter.
Quantum theory says they are tiny bits of energy - or energy fields.
Amazingly the particle theory was still being taught in high schools during the '50s and '60s, and maybe even later.
Even more amazing is the fact that major medical schools across the country still mostly ignore the application of quantum physics to human biology and health.
How does it work? If basic quantum physics says that matter is energy, how can this fact or theory be used in the healing arts?
It's likely that all genuine healing is the result of changes at the cell level which result from energy moving to and through a group of cells where a malfunction has occurred.
Maybe the energy takes the form of an electrical charge brought about by a chemical reaction, or by the transmission of a thought or a series of thoughts through the central nervous system.
After he establishes the role of quantum physics as the scientific basis of communication between and within cells, Dr. Lipton in the next chapter of Biology of Belief provides the logical connection to our being able to utilize this new science by exercise control though our minds.
Appropriately that next chapter is entitled, Biology and Belief.
It's an exciting chapter!
Dr. Lipton takes us from an astounding successful use of hypnosis as an agent of mind power used to promote the self healing of a young boy from a lethal disease, through establishing thoughts as the mind's energy used to activate or inhibit the proteins within cells, to the fire-walking practices of ancient tribal societies, to spontaneous remissions, to programming the subconscious mind, to mind over body and into a wonderful section on emotions as the language of cells.
In this cleverly worded sub-heading, Emotions: Feeling the Language of Cells Lipton makes reference to and quotes from the work of Candace Pert written in 1997 by the title of Molecules of Emotion.
Candace Pert apparently discovered that the same neural receptors found on brain cells are present on most , if not all, of the cells in the human body.
Quoting Dr. Lipton: Her elegant experiments established that the "mind" was not focused in the head, but was distributed via signal molecules to the whole body...
Through self-consciousness, the mind can use the brain to generate "molecules of emotion" and override the system.
Several paragraphs later and on the next page, this special paragraph appears in Dr. Lipton's amazing little book:
Endowed with the ability to be self-reflective, the self-conscious mind is extremely powerful. It can observe any programmed behavior we are engaged in, evaluate the behavior, and consciously decide to change the program. We can actively choose how to respond to most environmental signals, and whether we even want to respond at all. The conscious mind's pre-programmed behavior is the foundation of free will.
The free will to be disease-free.
This idea, based on the science of quantum physics, is also reflected very nicely and coincidentally in Dr. Deepak Chopra's book, Quantum Healing, in his chapter 13, titled BODY OF BLISS.
The idea of free will to be disease-free is also presented in other chapters, but the bliss chapter really brings it home.
The word bliss for some of us conjures up some uncomfortable feelings - which is kind of silly. I've often had that experience.
Not only the word, but the actual highly pleasing feeling of bliss can become uncomfortable.
Maybe it's connected to our self image of being masculine, or macho.
Macho is sometimes a helpful mental or emotional attitude; it might reinforce a basic toughness that helps resist vulnerability to illness or disease.
But it can also prevent the internalizing of the great benefits of bliss.
Here's a neat statement of Chopra: Bliss is an uncomfortable word in the West; like transcendence, it needs to be demystified.
The rest of his chapter on The Body of Bliss tries to do that.
It may well accomplish that demystifying for some readers.
Effective writing is very difficult, but I think effective reading is even more so, especially when the subject is something which is something a bit outside the reader's experience.
It's taking me a long time to really identify with and understand the writings of Eckhart Tolle. I grow every time I read or re-read his writings.
I'm always greatly helped by listening to him via recordings of his presentations.
Tolle is so unlike most of the speakers or lecturers I've heard. Most such teachers or would-be teachers are so ego-centric that they unintentionally speak down to their audiences.
They also speak in a rapid-fire style in a highly animated way, and many listeners really like that style. They feel that this excited style is stimulating and inspiring.
Tolle speaks in such a relaxed, non-rushed style that it's apparent after a while that you, his listener, now have time to relax in turn - to not be anxious and to just allow yourself to be completely conscious.
We all assume from habit that we are conscious whenever we're awake.
But we can learn from the likes of Tolle and Chopra that consciousness is something we've never experienced before in our adult lives.
Or maybe we've experienced it only in very short bursts - not really appreciating it for what it is and what it does.
If you and I have little or very limited experience with this particular approach or mind-set, we find it hard to accept. But the rewards of allowing ourselves to continue down this road are great.
For Chopra and many of his patients, bliss is consciousness.
For Tolle and many of his students, consciousness is bliss.
I typically read something of my own into the word, bliss. At the same time, I'm ignorant as to what all it includes from the standpoint of Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is that ancient system of quantum physics -- that amazingly beneficial and highly intuitive system which was used very effectively by Indian and Tibetan monks and medicine men in communities some of us moderns have the audacity to label as primitive.
Bliss is the result of a quiet mind allowing the human organism to be soaked with primordial sound.
Chopra's words, primordial sound - resonate with me because of my years-long background in music.
Tolle says that all things are vibrating energy fields in ceaseless motion - which is basic to quantum physics.
What we perceive as physical matter is energy vibrating (moving) at a particular range of frequencies. Thoughts consist of the same energy vibrating at a higher frequency than matter, which is why they cannot be seen or touched.
Eckhart Tolle uses the term, pain-body to describe the strong predisposition most of us have for negative emotion.
Chopra uses the term, the ghost of memory.
They are essentially describing the same thing - which seems mysterious until we begin to understand the basics of quantum physics.
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