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Does Matter Exist?

Updated on June 9, 2011

Quora Question: "Does Matter Exist?"

I am a member of Quora and regularly answer questions there. I recently answered the question “Does Matter Exist?” and I thought that my answer was so central to the way I think about the Universe that I had to write an article to elaborate on the answer I provided in Quora.

Opinions are not truth

I began by defining Epistemology, Metaphysics and Philosophy because these are the approaches that other people would use to answer the question and I wanted to state from the onset that all of these approaches are simply opinions.

It doesn't matter how eloquent or beautiful an opinion like Quantum Mechanics or Relativity might be they are still opinions and ultimately fall short and fail to explain the Universe the Scientists are so keen to understand.

It doesn't matter how many people support an opinion to the degree that it is classed as a justifiable belief, in my books an opinion is still not truth.

Generating Right Brain Activity

I then explain by means of a metaphor how I view the scientific approach to seeking truth by saying it is like asking a computer to describe its user.

Making a statement like this throws the analytical thinker into turmoil because it requires right brain activity and up to this point they have been tucked in safely behind their logical thinking comfort zone content with their limited knowledge.

I am now asking for both right and left brain to participate in the discussion.

Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

Just as quickly, I return them to their comfort zone and talk about Werner Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle explaining how the act of observation affects the results of all experiments. I bring in Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle here because I want to show how scientists continues to chase after clouds even when the evidence is staring them right in the face telling them that they have reached a cul-de-sac.

I explain what I mean by citing the famous Double Slit Experiments in Quantum Physics during which the electron behaves as a particle when observed and a wave when not observed. I point out the obvious conclusion for anyone thinking with a balanced right and left brain and hold this up as my argument for how doggedly adhering to old limiting beliefs simply frustrates progress.

The observer and the object are connected

If something is affected by observation does that not in itself point to the fact that the observer and the object are connected in some way? This seems obvious to me but not to the scientists who simply go back to the drawing board because they cannot see outside the box.

It is my opinion that we and everything in the Universe are connected. There is a collective mind that holds all that we perceive as real and it is the mind that creates the illusion that we are separate. Science proves the connection exists and fails to appreciate the power of thought and how thought affects every observation. Thought itself is vibration and it is subtle differences in the frequency of thought that gives rise to the diversity we experience.

Sound is the vocalisation of thought. Sight is the visualisation of thought. In fact every sense is designed to materialise thought so that we can interact with it.

Is it therefore such a leap in thinking to hold look at yourself in the mirror and appreciate that your physical body is a creation of mind materialised out of the vibration of thought?

Matter is thought materialised

We are stuck in the illusion because we choose to believe in the illusion that keeps us separate and in conflict. We continue to hold fast to beliefs that no longer serve us and in doing so we imagine that matter really exists because the mind that created the illusion continues to feed us the thoughts that maintain the illusion and protect the ego which is its ultimate goal.

Matter is an illusion created by mind and the stuff of matter is thought. It is the frequency of thought that dictates the appearance of matter. The connection between thought and matter is clearly demonstrated by science which has shown that when we interact with matter through observation we affect it. I also propose that we also create it.

Watch and Learn

Watching the following two video clips will change how you view science and the world you imagine you live in, forever!


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      SOMEONEWHOKNOWS 5 years ago

      There is a force that we call the infinite that we are all from and we co- create with-The Universal Mind. each one of us are part of the whole or the holligram from the microscopic to the macroscopic.

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      Faceless39 6 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      Voted up, awesome, and interesting. Loved your quote here: "Matter is an illusion created by mind and the stuff of matter is thought. It is the frequency of thought that dictates the appearance of matter." Absolutely, and well said! Also enjoyed the section on observer/object and their connection with one another. Love your image also. And you posted the video that I was going to post (the second video) -- excellent stuff! PS: Was directed here by Epigramman's post on someone's page where he recommended you. He was right! :)

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      Yes, you might enjoy them:

      'In Search of Schrödinger's Cat'

      'Schrödinger's Kittens and the Search for Reality'

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Hi trish, thank you for reading this and your comment is appreciated. I will have check out John Gribbin as I have not heard of him.

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi :)

      This is a subject that has long interested me.

      I have some books on Quantum Physics, including some by John Gribbin, and I find this subject truly fascinating ~ but hard to get one's head around!!! :) :)

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You are very good to come back and though I would have agreed with you at one time my opinion has changed due to a some experiences that have made me aware of another perspective. I have gone into more detail in my blog post about the illusion that may help you see the angle from where I am now coming:

      God is beyond words and opinions so there is nothing I can say except that God is. everything that can be described is a construct of the mind that separated from God and created the illusion of separateness. Jesus and the other awakened ones tried to tell us that the world exists in the mind that imagines separateness.people say God created the world and then ask how such a loving and compassionate being could create such suffering. This is an example of the illusion created by the mind that maintains our ego though conflict and duality. This world does not exist outside of mind. We are dreaming and God is waiting for us to wake up. We are afraid to wake up because the oneness means the end of ego and separateness. There is only God and God is reality but we cannot see reality because of the veil of maya or illusion that separates us from God. I have done my best to explain using words that symbolise the ideas I express. The most meaningful way to explore what I have said is to ask the Holy Spirit to help you see past the illusion and do this every day. When you wake up every morning and go to bed at night spend a minute looking around you and remind yourself that everything you see exists in a small part of your brain where it is constructed and where you now view it and nothing to do with anything outside of that. After a few days tell me what you notice. Talk soon.

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      Safe Harbour 6 years ago from Co.Waterford, Ireland

      hmmm God eh. God is everything and perfect.I agree. Of course there is no defining it ot tat. As a concept I see God as the 99% that never lost its awareness and us and everyone and everything that exists as the 1% that did.The Grand design, ie everthing that is, is of course perfect and a construct of the 99%, like the hardware in the movie the matrix.Its purpose is to provide a stage for those of us who lost our awareness to return home. So like the Matrix,the software is our projection on that reality, so yes we project this reality but I do not agree that we as yet unaware souls constructed it in the first place. We are just painting and decorating and dancing on the stage that is set for us.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you Alastar. I actually also love that movie The Matrix. I would love to see them come out with another like that.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Agree with your theory and conclusions Spirit. The 'Matrix' is more than just a movie, my opinion.

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you SH for your consideration and very thoughtful comment. I am with you until the poing where you talk about God but that's OK too. You have planted your feet in the idea that seems to imply that God created the Universe and that is where I would have trouble following you. God is perfect and as such would never create imperfection in his own image. For me, the Universe was created by the mind and God waits for us outside this illusion mind has created and he has nothing to do with it. We are the ones dancing to our ego's tune and call it reality. Enjoy your dance my friend I am presently in the process of waking up! Gently , gently of course!

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      Safe Harbour 6 years ago from Co.Waterford, Ireland

      SW. Another thought provoking article. I would agree that everything is connected. Of course it is. On this planet of ours there is no new matter, no new air, no new water it is all the same. The universe is the same. However our own realities and our view of them start where we plant our feet.I would suggest that there is also no new mind. There is one mind and it is collective and ancient. The 5 senses of what I call "me" holds fast to the illusion that this is reality. But "me" can change, change job, hair colour,ideas , thougts, etc , so I can change reality, but the real "I" that animates it all does not change. I know it may sound all fluffy and flaky but to me reality is God having a conversation with himself.See , thats where I have planted my feet. Many of us think that we are made in the image of this God , I dont think so. He is the dancer , we and everything else are just the dance. Is the dance real ? Does it matter ?

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      Thank you d.william for you much appreciated comment. Please believe me when I say that we create what we fear most so the surest way to develop something like Alzheimer's is to give it energy by fearing it.

      You have much to offer and I look forward to reading your articles. Thank you.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Excellent article as usual. After reading and watching the videos, i had an epiphany. I live in a country setting and when i get up every morning i let the dogs out via the glass sliding doors in the back of my house. I love the view of the woods, landscaping, and plants that i have put in over the years.

      In the past several months, i have had several episodes that disturbed me greatly. When i looked out into the back yard, i had an odd sensation that something was different than it was the day before. Something in the landscaping, not quite sure what, but something different. It was quite a unique and odd sensation, and i don't mind telling you a little bit frightening. My greatest fear is losing my grip on reality in my old age. Alzheimer's disease to be exact. As a nurse of many years, i have seen what this disease has done to people and it is truly heart breaking.

      But after this article, i am no longer wary of those impressions. It seems quite clear to me now. As does my continued mission in life to spread some enlightenment to others. Whether they want to accept it or not is their choice. Thank you so much for sharing this article.