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Quantum Physics, Mysticism, Consciousness and God
Mysticism and Quantum Theory
Humanity is on the verge of monumental discovery, about ourselves and the universe we inhabit. Science has progressed to a time, now, that the elemental aspects of matter do not behave in a predictable manner. Science has encountered the mystical, the indefinable.
Max Planck (1858-1947), noteworthy physicist said -
"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter."
Planck opened the speculative door to deity, the nature of deity, the possibility that the universe is a unified field, a cohesive fabric, with conscious awareness, a conscious energy, to pondering the origin of energy. How energy structures matter, and what precipitates its formation. Science reached its limit in the study of matter, it is shifting its focus to that which heretofore has been unseen...energy, or 'spirit'. The mystical.
Science will need to start looking at itself, the consciousness of the observer, to gain more understanding of its subject. Nietzsche's quote seems appropriate -
"When you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes into you..."
The conscious awareness of the observer needs to be factored into any observation and measurement of any quantum particle. To further comprehend sub-atomic particle physics, we need a deeper understanding of ourselves. To quote physicist Max Planck again -
"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."
From the Material to the Intangible
Francis Heylighen, research professor at the Free University of Brussels says -
"The elements of the Newtonian ontology are matter, the absolute space and time in which that matter moves, and the forces or natural laws that govern movement. No other fundamental categories of being, such as mind, life, organization or purpose, are acknowledged. They are at most to be seen as epiphenomena, as particular arrangements of particles in space and time."
To many scientists, consciousness is indefinable past any descriptions but awareness. Science has not been able to determine to any certainty where awareness, or consciousness originates. Consciousness is immeasurable, other than the simple examination that something or someone is aware.
I think the truly exploratory edge of quantum physics is where science conspires with philosophy, and spirituality, to further decipher the code of existence. Newtonian materialists look at matter in a lifeless, mechanical and objectified manner. Things can be dissected and re-assembled to 'see how they work'. However, Newtonian materialists cannot dissect and re-assemble a living thing, not where it lives again that is.
God, Consciousness and Quantum Physics
"....Yet in recent years an increasing number of cosmologists, theoretical physicists and philosophers of science have argued that consciousness is a basic aspect of the cosmos. Mystics from the ancient traditions of India have maintained this position for nearly 3,000 years, as indicated in the most ancient Upanishads, followed by the later Upanishads, Brahma Sutras, and Bhagavad Gita of the Vedanta tradition, the Yoga Sutras of Patañjali’s raja yoga tradition, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist works, and Jaina works, all dating from well before the time of Jesus." ~ Timothy Conway, Ph.D. (East-West Psychology, CIIS)
A Particle And a Wave at The Same Time? Observation Determines Which...
Ancient Mysticism and Quantum Physics
Where the old meets the new.
Quantum mechanics developed as a field of study in the early twentieth century. Egyptian, Hindu mysticism and Chinese Taoist philosophy all date back millennia. Hinduism can be an incredibly complex religious system to grasp. However, the Hindu philosophy of Advaita Vedanta reflects quantum theory.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy explains:
"There are three planes of existence according to classical Advaita Vedānta: the plane of absolute existence (paramarthika satta), the plane of worldly existence (vyavaharika satta) which includes this world and the heavenly world, and the plane of illusory existence (pratibhāsika existence)."
Could it be that quantum particles ability to simultaneously exhibit properties of matter (particles), and waves (energy), and their ability to be seemingly everywhere, and nowhere at the same time, be evidence of this Hindu tenet?
Advaita Vedanta alludes that matter exists in three planes.
- Absolute Existence - Which is known as Brahman. Brahman in Hindu philosophy is the impersonal, divine reality of the universe. Everything that is manifest originates from Brahma, the ground of all being.
- Worldly Existence - The transitory, ever changing state of matter. This is what quantum physicists observe. Elemental particles, quanta, emergent from the Brahma plane, exhibit itself according to the perspective of the observer. When scientific observation happens in three dimensions, or four including time. Quanta behaves in a three (four) dimensional manner. When not being observed, it behaves like the plane it emerges from, Brahma...unaffected by space and time. There and not there at the same time. Unfettered by even the speed of light.
- Maya (Illusory) Existence - When observed, a quanta presents as a particle. When not observed it presents as a wave (energy). Even in the double slit test as shown in the video above. When an observer looks at the field between the double slit and the canvas the particles (or waves) strikes...the waves will exhibit as particles, even BEFORE they arrive at the double slit. Thus regressing in time.
Nobel prize awarded physicist, Neils Bohr (1885-1962), a man that applied a healthy dose of philosophy to his science field, referred to the Hindu Vedas to help him understand the theoretical field of study he established, quantum theory.
Illustrating the fluid nature of thought in quantum physics:
Einstein says - "God does not play dice with the universe."
Stephen Hawking replies - “Not only does God play dice but... he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen.”
One Compelling Theory
Particles, and objects that are larger than a thousandth of an inch follow the laws of Newtonian physics. They have the sufficient mass to have and interact with gravitational fields. Since quantum particles are much smaller and have miniscule if any measurable mass. Photons, neutrinos and electrons don't have enough mass or volume to possess a gravitational field, or to be affected by such a field.
Much of quantum physics and theory violate the established scientific 'laws of thought.' Science is scurrying to accommodate the new data and expand its collective mind into a broadened perspective and see in a way it has heretofore been unaccustomed to. Quantum particles are showing us a whole new world. When many think of 'God', they think of a HUGE God. Many can't envision an impersonal God, that is less than microscopic, but infinitely abundant, eternal in its manifestation. A God that is abstract and shows us only what we're prepared to see.
But this is how the ancients knew God. By the energy, that we, the world, the physical universe may not be a 'reflection of God', but that God reflects us.
I thank you for reading what is a passion for me. Expect more quantum physics and mysticism Hubs to come.
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