This Is Not Ordinary Physics!
At the heart of findings from quantum physics is that the observer and the observed are one. This means that what you are and what you perceive are inseparable. But human thought cannot grasp this intellectually, and it is only experience that can reveal what this means.
With this is mind, enjoy the following excerpt by David Hoffmeister who is speaking directly about how scientific findings from quantum physics relate to authentic spiritual Awakening:
Quantum physics experiments have demonstrated that the expectations of the observer determine the result of the experiment. In other words, there is no split between the observer and the observed, the subject and the object. The world we’re looking upon is entirely subjective; there is not an objective world apart from our mind. We are simply observing what we believe being acted out in form. No two people share the same world because the world is completely subjective. Jesus states, “There is no world apart from what you wish.” W-pI.132.5.2. He also says, “I have given everything [I see] all the meaning it has for me.” W-2.
For centuries, science has operated on the premise that there is an external world that is observable and measurable, and that the experimenter is separate from that empirical world. The major discovery of quantum physics, several decades ago, was that there is not an external world outside of consciousness. I was quite excited about this discovery, which supports the interpretation that there is no world outside the mind of the perceiver. Everything is completely unified, completely connected; there is no separation. Everything is energy.
The early scientists who discovered the atom, with its protons, neutrons, and electrons, believed they had discovered a solid thing. The body seems solid and the world seems solid, but quantum physics has shown us that there are no solid particles. Particles are just potentials and the world is merely thoughts and beliefs. We’re dealing with a world of ideas. We may think that we have thoughts and that the thoughts can be manifested, but even manifesting is part of duality. There is no difference between thoughts and “manifested” thoughts.
What I found helpful with the Workbook Lessons of A Course in Miracles in regards to quantum physics is that the Course bridges the gap. It teaches that the thoughts we think we think and the world we think we see are the same. The beliefs that we hold and the world that we believe is external to the mind are actually the same. So we are literally doing everything to ourselves. The good news is that when we forgive, we are not forgiving something that seems to have been done to us—we are forgiving something that never happened. The separation is a hallucination. It is not a reality; it is not the Truth. It’s an amazing Quantum Forgiveness moment when we have that realization.
The pioneers of quantum physics overturned and transcended Newtonian physics and the scientific method. Quantum physicists worked down to the smallest units and realized that everything they thought they knew about the world was not true. The world is about potentiality. In superposition, for example, things appear where we believe they will appear. And that is exciting because it is a science discovery that does not have to stay in the lab. It actually has everything to do with who we are. It is the gateway to our experience of being one with Source!
We are on the threshold of this experience. There is a scene in the movie Solaris where one of the characters has been having fearful separation thoughts, and his partner says to him, “We don’t have to think like that anymore.” We are moving away from stories, linear perceptions, and grievances to a whole new way of thinking, in which we are whole and complete and innocent. It is truly thrilling to know that we are on the cusp of that right now. It is not something that we have to wait for. The Truth is right here, right now, patiently saying, “Here I am.” Awakening is indeed a glorious journey of miracles and discoveries, and I feel so honored to be a full participant in it.
David Hoffmeister, Quantum Forgiveness
The inseparability of the observer from observed, or subject from object, is known as the “observer effect,” and to scientists as the measurement problem. The infamous double slit experiment offers a direct scientific demonstration of the observer effect.
If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you,
you haven’t understood it yet.
– Niels Bohr
Watch the following clip from the movie What the Bleep Do We Know? which describes the double slit experiment. This experiment is showing us that what we perceive through the senses, the material world of matter, is really just waves of potential—potential matter—until there is an observer to what is occurring. When the narrator explains that the observer “collapses the wave function” he means that the very act of looking at the experiment, or observing it, seems to determine whether or not something is perceived! This is a startling finding as far as science is concerned, but is remarkably consistent to what Jesus is speaking of in ACIM.
What this experiment is showing is quite profound. What we are perceiving, is not really “out there.” You can see from the experiment that the electrons were not even detected until a scientist was present to measure them. That which is coming through the senses is only appearing to be so because we looked at it.
Another way of putting this is that when we look away, the perceptual realm is merely possibilities (waves), but when we look at something the perceptual realm snaps into place by virtue of our having looked. When the scientist from the double slit experiment looks at the experiment to measure what is happening, electrons are detected, and when the experiment is not being observed, only waves (potentials) are detected.
On this notion of reality in A Course in Miracles, Jesus teaches us that there is no world “out there” per se, and that which we perceive is illusion, something which we give all our meaning to. It is only beliefs or concepts in the mind projected outward that result in a world of moving images, not unlike what is observed on a movie screen:
Perception’s laws are opposite to truth, and what is true of knowledge is not true of anything that is apart from it. Yet has God given answer to the world of sickness, which applies to all its forms. God’s answer is eternal, though it works in time, where it is needed. Yet because it is of God, the laws of time do not affect its workings. It is in this world, but not a part of it. For it is real, and dwells where all reality must be. Ideas leave not their source, and their effects but seem to be apart from them. Ideas are of the mind. What is projected out, and seems to be external to the mind, is not outside at all, but an effect of what is in, and has not left its source. T-26.VII.4.1-9
And from the Workbook:
The world is nothing in itself. Your mind must give it meaning. And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real. Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning. Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came.
There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source. This central theme is often stated in the text, and must be borne in mind if you would understand the lesson for today. It is not pride which tells you that you made the world you see, and that it changes as you change your mind.
But it is pride that argues you have come into a world quite separate from yourself, impervious to what you think, and quite apart from what you chance to think it is. There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach. Not everyone is ready to accept it, and each one must go as far as he can let himself be led along the road to truth. He will return and go still farther, or perhaps step back a while and then return again. W-132,4-6
The Unified Field
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass
the world is too full to talk about.