Quantum Physics

What most believe to be commonsense reality is based on an implied belief that the things that are experienced in the world are not only real, but that they exist objectively and independently of ourselves. You assume that what you're able to see, hear, taste, smell, or touch actually exists as an independent reality.

Now consider the subatomic world of quantum physics. This world of the tiny subatomic stuff, which makes up the big stuff like cars, buildings, and galaxies, has its own set of rules that are drastically different from the large-object world you experience in your daily life. Not only does this quantum world play by a different rulebook, but you, as an observer, have much to do with the manifestation of the reality you are observing.

The underlying subatomic fabric does not behave in a way that our minds can easily understand. For instance, a subatomic object appears to have properties of both a particle with mass and a wave (like sound waves) with energy. The way an individual will see a subatomic object, as particle or wave, depends on how the individual constructs the experiment. But when you're not observing it, any subatomic object exists in a stable and undefined state called “a stationary probability wave.” Fixed points of reality do not really exist in the pre-observational subatomic world. When an observation is made, the object “actualizes” by collapsing into one of the many forms dictated by its probability wave, and the particle appears to come into being in that instant. So in reality nothing exists until you look at it.

Don't forget that the human body is also made of this small stuff. However, an electron really has no path, no exact location, and no exact momentum. Our observation freezes one of those potentialities in time, causing it to become real. Where the object appears next can't be known with certainty; it can only be expressed as a probability.

If we could observe an electron's (a subatomic particle) movements through time, what we would see is a discrete energy bundle that appears to jump in an irregular series of seemingly random leaps, collapsing from wave to matter and just as quickly disappearing again into another wave-cloud of probability. These particles would seem to flash in and out of existence before our eyes with such rapidity that they might appear like a cloud.

“Spooky Action at a Distance”

Another aspect of quantum physics is the principle of entanglement. To understand entanglement, imagine a pair of parallel subatomic particles generated in a laboratory; one of the pair might have a subatomic property called “spin up,” and the other a property called “spin down.” These two particles can be described as entangled, since neither particle can be fully described without referring to the other. What's interesting about entangled particles is that even though they are separated and do not make physical contact with each other, they somehow seem to know enough to maintain the opposite spin from the other. If you intervene and cause the subatomic particle that had a spin-up property to reverse and spin down, what we find is that its entangled particle reverses itself simultaneously, switching from spin down to spin up. Albert Einstein called this phenomenon “spooky action at a distance.” What makes it even more “spooky” is that this information exchange theoretically occurs more rapidly than the speed of light, and the implications of that are still being realized.

With the discovery that consciousness plays a fundamental part in shaping reality, we have moved away from the mechanical systems of classical physics and now have a physics that includes the human component as an integral part of the process. Currently, quantum biologists are trying to determine if the properties described by Einstein as “action at a distance” (as well as entanglement) play a role in the functioning of our human mind, and consciousness itself. These possibilities could open up the reality of who you really are and how you might create your own existence, now and in the afterlife.

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