“A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind.”
– Robert Oxton Bolt
Everyone has beliefs. Those beliefs are based on a person’s perception of reality which is, for the most part, limited to what their physical senses tell them the world is like. These physical senses give rise to logic, a reasoning process which is an intellectual exercise in taking the available information and then trying to determine the truth of the matter (e.g. what is reality?).
However, the best that we can do is come to some approximate understanding of what the physical world is like. That’s the best. Of course, we know that humans’ senses of hearing and seeing are very inadequate so our view of reality is also likely to be lacking.
Interestingly enough, quantum physics tells us that there is a reality beyond the observable universe. Our universe is not all that there is to creation!! Beyond our universe is a non-physical world where consciousness is all that is. As Max Planck, the father of modern physics, stated, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. We cannot get behind consciousness.” Yet from a scientific standpoint, scientists cannot prove (scientifically) what lies beyond our universe – because it is not observable. That’s the dilemma that John Horgan discussed in his book The End of Science.
So, where does this leave us? All that we have to try to understand life is our physical senses. Yet, our physical senses cannot grasp the physical universe let alone the quantum world that our reality arises from. Michael Talbot, in The Holographic Universe, explained just how our reality is shaped by unseen forces from beyond, as follows: “Our brains mathematically construct objective reality by interpreting frequencies that are ultimately projections from another dimension, a deeper order of existence that is beyond both space and time….” Carl Jung expressed a similar concept when he said that the psyche and reality are not limited to space and time.
Yet, people generally resist anything that they can’t see for themselves. Instead, they simply label things they can’t explain as “supernatural.” This is particularly true of atheists as they reject anything that smacks of the supernatural (which they equate with an admission that God exists).
However living, in my opinion, does require a leap of faith. By leap of faith, I’m not talking here about religion. Rather, I’m talking about having an open mind with regards to the unseen forces of Nature that shape our world. Unfortunately, though, if you’re looking for hard and fast answers you can forget it. There really aren’t any. The thing to remember, though, as Bernard Werber said is that, “The point is not to believe or not believe. What matters is to ask as many questions as possible.”
The human species has been taught to believe that it is a physical species. If so, then why do you not fall out of bed at night? Yes, the physical body is asleep but something keeps you from falling out of bed when you roll over at night. Further, what part of your body makes you human? If you lose a hand, arm or leg, do you stop being human? Of course not. Exactly what makes you human then?
So, why is man the only species that can ponder his own existence? The only one. What part of his physical body does man use to do that? His mind? Well, you should know that scientists have been unable to locate the “mind” in our physical body. However, they have determined that the “mind” makes decisions before you are even consciously aware of those decisions. So, where exactly do your beliefs come from? Better yet, who are you?
“The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.” – John Wheeler, physicist
Unfortunately, we can’t talk to God, not unless we’re Neale Donald Walsch. So perhaps the next best thing is to talk to someone who understands a little something about the many worlds of creation. Towards that end, I offer you “Conversations With a Prophet.”
Query: Science says that we don’t exist, at least to the tune of 99.9% (i.e. atoms are made up of 99.9% empty space). So what exactly are we then?
Response: A multi-dimensional life form, whose source lies beyond space and time.
Query: What is the other .1%?
Response: A holographic blur called matter.
Query: Okay, but when Max Planck, the father of quantum physics, says that there is no such thing as matter, what then is the universe?
Response: Your Max Planck regards consciousness as fundamental (rather than matter) – emphasis added. Therefore, you could look at the universe as being merely a figment of your imagination.
Query: I’m confused. Something must exist in order for the universe to even appear to be real, right?
Response: Yes, what exists is an infinitely large field of energy. Matter is merely energy held at a low rate of vibration. If you increased its rate of vibration, the universe and everything in it would simply disappear. It would still exist, albeit in a different form (non-physical) – emphasis added.
Query: So what is reality?
Response: Reality is information. More pragmatically, it’s your perception of what you hear and see.
Query: Are our experiences real?
Response: If they weren’t, what would be the point of your question?
Query: So our experiences, our reality, is real and yet, as Einstein said, it’s an illusion. Why?
Response: It’s real, but it’s just not what you imagine it to be. Think of it as a way that Creation can observe itself.
Query: Then why are we (mankind) here?
Response: You are here as co-creators of the universe. Your consciousness organizes quantum energy, converting it into matter through thought and emotion. The act of observing is therefore an act of creation.
Query: How did the universe come to be?
Response: What you would call God was, and is, the impetus for an essentially self-sustaining universe.
Query: Why don’t we understand these things?
Response: How do I explain? Tell me this: What do you get for the man who has everything and knows everything? The answer is: amnesia. By definition, the one thing that a person who knows everything can’t have is “no memory”. Without memory, one gets to live the dream with a clean slate and thereby have an infinite number of seemingly new experiences.
Query: In other words, one gets to experience a world of infinite possibilities.
Response: Exactly so.
One last question. Why should we believe anything that you have told us?
Response: Is it not said that if you meet the Buddha on the road you should kill him?
What more can one expect from a prophet who answers questions with another question and whose answers simply raise more questions? However, without those answers, we flounder in the web of synchronicity.
“Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.”
There’s a magical, almost mystical, place according to science that helps explain where we all came from. It’s found in what they refer to as the quantum world. It’s been the subject of intense speculation and research in scientific circles for almost 100 years beginning with the likes of Albert Einstein. Yet their findings have been mostly withheld from the general public.
Why is that you may ask. Well, that’s an excellent question that deserves more than the few words than I’m going to devote to it. Simply put, we live in a world of information (even far more than we realize) and since information is power, he who has the information has the power and control. Enough said.
But what exactly is the quantum world and what is it like? Well, it’s a world beyond sub-atomic particles where matter dissolves into waves of potential existence and yet it’s a world where all things are united in an indivisible whole. In other words, it’s a world of infinite possibilities contained within a sea of endless energy which is referred to by some as the Zero Point Field. The field could be considered to be the alpha and the omega of our existence.
Astrophysicist Arthur Eddington said that, “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow…” Eddington’s shadow world (our universe) is real, in a sense. However, what you experience through your extremely limited physical senses is simply a space/time continuum which has been created by holographic projections from the quantum world, which is beyond space and time. The shadow world that you think is real is merely a potential world of possibility.
It’s something that I refer to as the Video Game Effect. For example, the real you doesn’t die when the video game is turned off since you can’t die if you were never born. The real you exists in the quantum world and is a co-operator/co-creator of this reality (the video game world). You turn the game on and play games where the characters die and are “reborn” (when you restart the game). The characters gain experience and powers as they proceed through the game and are successful in “evolving” to higher levels within the game.
So if our reality in any way resembles a video game, who created it? Jim Gates, a theoretical physicist, claims that certain String Theory equations, which describe the fundamental nature of our reality, contain embedded computer codes just like the codes used by your computer’s web browser. If true, this would confirm that we are indeed living in a virtual reality matrix. The stunning conclusion would be that our reality is nothing more than a bunch of 1s and 0s in a computer code and that God must have been a computer programmer!
Most of the ills in the world today are a byproduct of our faulty way of thinking about ourselves as being separate from everyone else, which results in political, ideological and cultural differences. The good news is, though, that the magical realm of the quantum world and the Zero Point Field can be accessed by anybody, with or without science. With this new knowledge we can free ourselves from the illusion of separatism and thereby change the world for the better. The findings from scientific research into the quantum world are far-reaching, with the potential to completely change every social institution on the planet; everything from religion to government to “dark” projects like the militarization of the paranormal. However, some people would prefer that you never hear about man’s “quantum” leap in knowledge…but, of course, now you know.
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”
People seem to be very demanding of their god. First and foremost, he always has to be there for them. Otherwise, they seemly want to disown him.
Case in point are certain atheist friends of mine. In the beginning, they were mostly religious – at least their parents were. My friends became religious by default, something akin to getting cancer from second-hand smoke. However, a funny thing happened on the way to church. God wasn’t there for them and, therefore, he must not exist.
The other day, however, I had a believer tell me something quite similar. God had to be there for them at all times. Otherwise, they didn’t consider him to be God. It rather shocked my sensibilities at first. It had the feel of a New Age covenant of sorts: I will choose you for my God if you will always be there for me. To me, it seems rather presumptuous for man to tell God what the conditions of their relationship should be.
I suppose that some of this can be laid off on man’s understanding of God, as taught from the pulpit or as ordained by an infallible Pope. After all, God has been said to be omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient, not to mention all loving and all good. So tell me, why does man feel that he can define the Absolute, and that he can actually read the mind of God? God simply…is. He needs no explanation, needs no one to defend him, to pray to him or to worship him. Those are finite attributes conjured up by man’s finite mind about an entity that is infinitely incomprehensible.
To add insult to injury, some question why anyone refers to him as God unless he acts exactly how they want him to act. It all seems pretty selfish to me. While I understand man’s psychological need to have God in his life, we should stop blaming God for everything and take some personal responsibility for our lives. Although unbeknownst to most people, we, ourselves, are the very change in the world that we have been waiting for. As God said in the movie Bruce Almighty, “Parting your soup is not a miracle, Bruce, it’s a magic trick. A single mom who’s working two jobs, and still finds time to take her kid to soccer practice, that’s a miracle. A teenager who says no to drugs and yes to an education, that’s a miracle. People want Me to do everything for them, but what they don’t realize is, they have the power. You want to see a miracle, son? Be the miracle.”
Down through the ages, man has forever been in search of God. One of the by-products of that search is religion. From Hinduism to Buddhism to Zoroastrianism to Judaism to Christianity to Islam, these religions have had one thing in common – sacred knowledge about the Divine that has never been given to the masses. I call this sacred knowledge The Secret Religion. That’s because almost every theology comes from a common source of esoteric beliefs in the Divine (what is generally referred to as The Mysteries). Whether by Krishna, Buddha or Jesus, this Sacred Knowledge was taught under the veil of allegory and symbolism, and in Jesus’ case parables.
What has kept the Secret Religion secret is that only those who are selected for initiation are taught the Mysteries, and then only through the use of allegory and symbolism. This kind of information was given only to those that, as Jesus said, had eyes to see and ears to hear. Biblical figures like Abraham, Moses and Jesus were all Initiates into the Secret Religion while Paul was taught personally by Jesus in a post-resurrection period that was much longer than the normally accepted forty days.
The Bible makes a number of references to the Secret Religion. For example, Paul mentioned it several times himself including: “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery….Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men….” (Ephesians 3:3,5); and “Now to him that is of power to establish you to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began” (Romans 16:25); and finally “However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew….(Corinthians 2:6-8). Jesus also referred to the Mysteries in speaking to his disciples: “No mystery is higher than the mysteries ye seek after, save only the mystery of the Seven Voices and their Nine-and-Forty Powers and Numbers; and the Name which is higher than them all, the Name which sums up all their names, all their lights, and all their powers” (from The Books of the Savior); and “To you, the disciples, it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them, the masses, it has not been given” (Matthew 13:11).
Certain parts of the Secret Religion have found their way into various theologies, although perhaps in a somewhat different form. For example, the Trinity is hardly an original Christian concept. It has been taught by many philosophies and religions (from India to Mesopotamia to China to the Greek philosophers). The Hindus referred to the Logos as the Lord, the highest level of consciousness. The biggest difference in the Trinity concept is that most theologies, other than Christianity, believe in an Absolute entity, a First Cause, from which the Trinity sprang. For example, Plato, who was an Initiate into the Mysteries, taught that, “Beyond all finite experiences and secondary causes, all laws, ideas and principles, there is an Intelligence or Mind, the first principle of all principles, the Supreme Idea upon which all other ideas are grounded.” Plato’s concept did not relate to the Creator or to the Father, but, as Plato said, to the Primal Cause.
Today, few realize that this Secret Religion has existed alongside the various religions for thousands of years. Accordingly, they have not read the Gospel of Thomas or even know that it exists. The Gospel of Thomas opens by saying that contained in the gospel are the secret sayings of Jesus. Incredibly, the Gospel of Thomas, with its secret sayings of Jesus, are not in the Bible… because such mystical literature is usually hidden from those who are not spiritually prepared to receive it. For those who are not spiritually prepared, they receive only a bible. We wouldn’t want to confuse them with the Word of God as it was originally written, now would we?
“Men fight about religion on earth; in heaven they shall find out that there is only one true religion – the worship of God’s Spirit.” – Max Muller
Conversations with my Christian friends almost inevitably come around to a discussion about salvation. Everyone wants to be saved. Who wouldn’t?
It’s just that I believe that the concept of salvation has been greatly misunderstood. I’m not alone on this subject either. Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and even atheists would all agree with me, though perhaps for different reasons. For a complete discussion on salvation, I would refer you to my article “The True Christianity” which was posted on January 3, 2013.
Enter the Pope
Now the new Pope has publicly declared that God has already saved everyone. What then about church dogma with respect to salvation? Well, the Vatican has shockingly addressed this issue by admitting that “Christians will eventually need to reevaluate their faith and come to a new understanding of the Bible.” So what about the old understanding then and where exactly did that come from? Finally, why are the masses only being told about this now, some two thousand years later?
To understand all of this, one has to go back in history to examine exactly who decided on church dogma. Things like the Trinity, salvation and which religious scriptures would be included or excluded from the Bible was determined by the Church, with the help of the Roman Emperor, some 300 years after the beginning of Christianity. You might want to think of it as being similar to the government (today) trying to rewrite the Constitution.
However, the most important thing history teaches us is that the masses have never been told the truth about God. St. Paul, for one, spilled the beans when he said that, “Now to him that is of power to establish you to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.” Jesus, himself, discussed the revelation of the mysteries to only a select few when he said that, “To you, the disciples, it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them, the masses, it has not been given.” Unfortunately though, even the disciples could not understand the very mystical teachings of Jesus. So Christianity, today, continues to move forward based on superficially constructed stories of the Divine rather than the true teachings of Jesus. This is what the Vatican was alluding to (among other things) when it said that Christians will have to come to a new understanding of the Bible.
So imagine that you knew that you didn’t need to be saved at all. Imagine that you realized that we are all part of the Divine Plan. Imagine that you learned the secret of all secrets, that we’re all part of the Divine itself. Then you would probably want to know why man has been lied to since “the world began”. Then you might try to reclaim the power that you’ve always had, but were told that you didn’t. Then you might actually want to exercise your divine right to co-create the world we live in. Imagine that.
“…Nothing to kill or die for,
And no religion too….”
– John Lennon, from the song Imagine
Everyone wants to know the unknowable. However, do you think that if anyone actually knew that they would tell anyone? Very unlikely, without a large check being attached.
Monday morning quarterbacking
I’ve gotten a lot of inquiries on my recent post entitled “Real Life, True Reality.” One of the problems in writing on this kind of topic is how much of a detailed explanation to give. On the one hand if I were to take a big picture approach, some people will not be familiar with the terms used and therefore not fully understand what I’m saying. On the other hand, a very detailed explanation is very boring, and overly long, especially for those who are familiar with the topic being discussed. Writing style can also be an issue if one is using sarcasm but the reader thinks you’re serious (or the other way around). So let me elaborate on my previous post.
“Real Life, True Reality” revisited
Man has always been fascinated with the unknown. In some respects, the discovery of the unknown is the ultimate high. But the unknown is, for the lack of a better word, unknowable – especially if you’re talking about the Creation of life.
Religion, for one, relies on a bewildering array of holy books each of which is considered by its believers to be the only valid expression of the Absolute. Despite all efforts, their God is nowhere to be found and evil reigns supreme in the world. To its credit, the Vatican realizes that times are changing (and very rapidly at that). In an effort to get in front of the change curve, the Vatican has been making very unusual disclosures recently. For a discussion of those changes, you can read my posts “The Vatican Surprise,” “The Pope Must Be Crazy,” or “The Coming Revelations” if you would like more on that topic.
Science, meanwhile, has also been in search of the unknowable, or as they call it The Theory of Everything. Their Theory of Relativity and Theory of Gravity are two wonderful theories. Unfortunately, however, those two theories cannot entirely co-exist together. That’s what I was referring to when I said that science cannot explain why the physical laws governing building blocks are different than the physical laws governing the building itself. Having two important theories in conflict with one another means that the theories are, at best, only approximate descriptions of reality.
Where science and religion meet
Today, we are on the precipice of the end of science and religion, as we know it. Man can no longer rely on theses two institutions to find God (as if they ever could). However, there is a middle ground – sort of. It was Albert Einstein, himself, who admitted that, “Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man….” The spirit that Einstein was talking about was consciousness, the one thing that science can not measure and the one thing that renders it impotent, since science is essentially a process of measurement.
During the Classical Period, civilization flourished. Religion and science were both in their infancy. Great minds, who could embrace both religion and science, ruled the day – men like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. It was the dawning of a new age that led directly to Western Civilization. What’s needed today is to return to that golden age; what’s truly needed is a few good men, or women, who could help create a new philosophy concerning man’s place in the universe, one that wouldn’t involve the dogma of religion or the arrogance of science.
So let’s hear it one more time for the creationists in their never-ending debate with the evolutionists and another round of applause for the deists and the atheists. I suspect that they will still be at it until the end of time. It was Albert Einstein who so correctly observed that, “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”
There’s a new theory making the rounds in science these days. It’s called biocentrism and it’s the brainchild of Dr. Robert Lanza. The general premise of his theory is that instead of believing that the universe creates life, Dr. Lanza believes that life creates the universe. Pretty radical, right, but then so is the Truth.
His theory won’t make some scientists happy because he places biology above physics, even if his theory does rely on quantum mechanics. In the bizarre world of quantum mechanics, particles can be in multiple places at the same time. Because particles are simultaneously in multiple places (in what I would describe as a field of infinite possibilities), nothing is certain until an observer (say, you or me) actually observes the particles.
Yet an atom, which is 99.9% empty space, somehow holds together what is seemingly a solid world. Inexplicably, the laws of quantum physics, which govern the microscopic particles that atoms are made of, are different than the classical laws of physics. How that’s possible nobody knows. After all, how can the physical laws of the building blocks be different than the physical laws of the building itself?
the world that we think that we’re seeing is not really the one we’re truly experiencing. Dr Lanza explains this phenomena by saying that everything that we see and experience is a world of information that occurs in the mind. In other words, the cosmos is simply a figment of our imagination, or as Bill Hicks put it, “Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.”
But what exactly is it then?
One way of looking at it is that real life and true reality (the Source) exist elsewhere (i.e. not in this world). That somewhere, if it’s not here, would obviously be beyond space and time. As science is beginning to discover, there are other worlds out there; worlds of phenomenal intelligence, beyond anything that we can even imagine. This intelligence has the capability of projecting light and information into our three-dimensional world much as a film projector projects its light and information off of film and onto the movie screen. We then sit and watch the movie, laughing and crying as if the movie was real.
It was the French philosopher Voltaire who said, “If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” The reason is that man is forever looking outside of himself in order to explain his existence. For example, scientists are constantly making observations about Nature in an effort to explain what exists beyond space and time. That, of course, is not possible. Likewise, deists try to explain Creation with their religions. That is also not possible; as the Pascal Wager states, “If there is a god, He is infinitely incomprehensible.” As for atheists, some of them endeavor to explain away God by trying in vain to prove a negative.
Man is hopelessly chasing the impossible dream – to prove that he is as smart as the universe/God. In truth, the Cosmos dwarfs the thinking of man what with his puny brain, his limited physical senses and his genetically dumbed-down DNA. How arrogant of us to actually believe that we could know much of anything about the unknowable.
it’s possible to actually experience life in the quantum world and beyond, the way that perhaps the ancient seers and mystics did – in a state of altered consciousness. As the Bhagavad Gita says, “The transmigration of life takes place in one’s own mind. For what a man thinks, he becomes. This is the mystery of eternity.”
So often I hear my Christian friends complain about the fact that their minister’s sermons rarely touch on the teachings of Christ. After all, if one doesn’t understand the teachings of Christ, how can they ever be expected to be a good Christian? There’s a reason why Christianity downplays the teachings of Christ and that reason goes all the way back to the origins of Christianity itself.
As we now know from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the New Testament story is to a great extent a story about the Nazarean Movement. In that vein, Jesus was often called Jesus of Nazareth. The movement founded The Jerusalem Church and the head of the Church was James, the brother of Jesus. The Nazarenes were a small group of Jews who followed the Torah (the Mosaic Law). They also believed in the Old Testament prophecy of a messiah (king) who would lead them to victory over their oppressors (the Romans). So the New Testament backdrop was more a story of politics and revolution rather than one of religion. With the burning of Jerusalem and destruction of the Second Temple, the Jewish revolt against Rome was broken and those Nazarenes that survived scattered throughout the Diaspora.
The origins of Christianity
The objective of the Nazarene Movement was to restore the Davidic line to its rightful place – on the throne of Israel. In order to accomplish that goal it was necessary to displace the Roman Empire and to do that they would need lots of help, particularly from the Gentiles. What better way than to develop a new religion, a new form of Judaism, one that would appeal to Gentiles as well. For them the rightful heir to the throne, who had descended from King David, was Jesus. With respect to Jesus, the Nazarenes believed that he was not divine; that he lived his life in accordance with the Torah; and that he was the messiah according to Jewish prophecy which they defined as the coming of the Prophet and the Messiahs (plural) of Aaron and Israel.
In the Dead Sea Scrolls, historians saw the makings of what would eventually morph into Christianity. The rites of the Nazarenes included tithing, baptism, a sacred common meal and a Last Judgment where God would save the righteous. The Jerusalem Church sent emissaries/apostles out into the world to establish a major footprint through the founding of churches. Their vision was an apocalyptic one and the Nazarenes in Antioch (in what is now modern-day Turkey) would eventually add one very important element to their theology – the premise that man was saved from sin through the death of Jesus. In so doing, they invented a religion that would suit the pagans of the Roman world and in the process changed Jesus from a Jewish messiah into a universal savior for all men. It was from that point that the Nazarenes would be referred to as Christians.
Jesus in the Bible
Many consider Jesus to be the greatest man/god who ever lived. So why was there so very little written about him? In fact, much of what was written about him was intentionally excluded from the Bible. Those scriptures that were not included in the Bible were an important part of Christian thought and philosophy for three hundred years after Jesus. Then, overnight, they were considered to be heresies (by the Church) and the writings were destroyed. Three hundred years; that’s longer than the current life of the American Republic! It’s like saying that the Constitution, which was carefully crafted by the Founding Fathers, would suddenly be considered un-American and that anyone who still subscribed to it would be thrown into a FEMA camp. Except back in those days, they just simply killed them.
Politics and religion
What the Roman Empire needed in those days was a cause that could serve as a reason for the people to support the Empire, for it’s much easier to control a far-flung empire with a religion than it is with an army. The Empire didn’t need a god (Jesus) because they already had one (The Emperor), since all of the Roman Emperors declared themselves to be God. Then along came Christianity which had a savior but no Christ. By that, I mean that Christ, himself, was essentially missing from his own religion. The Roman Emperor Constantine couldn’t resist adopting a non-threatening Christianity as a political tool to help save a crumbling empire. As for the Bible, the Holy Roman Church would include very little about the life and times of Jesus and even less about his teachings. All they really ever needed was a savior to mollify the masses.
It’s kind of ironic that Christianity started out as a political weapon in an effort to displace the Roman Empire and turned out being a religious weapon in an attempt to help save it. Two thousand years later, Christians all over the world are still practicing Hellenized Christianity as opposed to the true teachings of Jesus, whether they know it or not.
“One of the problems is that the average Christian in the average church who listens to the average Christian broadcasting has such an oversimplified understanding of both the Bible and of church history – it would be deeply disturbing for them to really learn about church history.”
– Brian McLaren, leading Christian pastor and theologian
What’s going on with the universe? Science says that it doesn’t exist, at least not the way that we think that we understand it and not how we have been led to believe.
A scientific quandary
Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, put it rather succinctly. He stated that, “Matter does not exist.” Einstein echoed that sentiment when he said that, “Reality is merely an illusion, although a very persistent one.” So, exactly when and how did this change in thinking come about and why do so few people seem to know about it?
Actually, science has known about this issue for well over a hundred years. Unfortunately, even though they have their theories and formulae, they don’t exactly know what to make of it. The Double-slit Experiment is a case in point, where photons will sometimes behave as particles and sometimes behave as if they were a wave, all depending upon whether or not the proton was being observed during the experiment. Creation is looking to see if we’re watching it and then acts accordingly. Weird stuff, right?
What does it all mean?
What science has shown is that in the microscopic quantum world the laws of classical physics do not apply. Of course, another way of looking at it is that what we call classical physics exists only in the physical world. In the quantum world, there are an infinite number of possibilities which collapse to one actuality (particle) in the physical world once there has been an observation. Some of the more important conclusions that one can draw are as follows:
The fundamental reality is consciousness. Consciousness organizes quantum energy and belief translates the quantum energy into matter through thought and emotion. Side note: And reality is information.
We exist in a virtual reality matrix where our brains organize information, which is an expression of a deeper order of existence, into three-dimensional holograms. As Morpheus put it, “If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by the brain”. Reality is changed by the observer and is therefore created by consciousness; thus, the expression that we are spiritual beings having a human experience rather than human beings having a spiritual experience.
Matter itself is 99.9% empty space and therefore could be said to be non-existent. Side note: Empty space is not actually empty, nor for that matter are “black holes” holes.
The universe is intelligent and operates somewhat independently of mankind (e,g. DNA is self-organizing and self-directing). One could say that instead of being the center of Creation, we are rather the observer of it. While man’s role as a co-creator is crucial, the center of Creation is…well, Creation itself. We are simply part of the universal consciousness (Cosmic Mind) and life is about that universal consciousness experiencing itself.
The laws of physics do not apply to us, except in the physical world. Nor are we subject to man-made belief systems. Therefore, concepts concerning evil and sin are not applicable; and death is simply an illusion. All that there is – is consciousness, a circle of life with no beginning and no end. We are all connected, part of the same infinite energy that exists beyond space time and at the same time interpenetrates the physical world.
The act of observing is, in reality, an act of creation. That is, atoms appear in one place at one time if, and only if, they are observed (e.g. measured). Since we, ourselves, are made up of atoms, we exist throughout creation until such time as we are observed. The electrons which our bodies are composed of, among other things, exist in what I call a cloud of probabilities. We are continuously blinking in and out of existence at all times. Sometimes, we are here and sometimes we are….Well, only God knows for sure the answer to that question.
“Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.”
– Bill Hicks