Quantum Selves, Quantum Body
By: Lana J. Ford, Ph.D.
”If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.” Descartes
Many of us hold the belief that we live in one body at a time. That our thoughts arise from the brain in some kind of linear or intuitive fashion. That our feelings arise from our body and are a result of the life experiences we may have – good or bad.
In order for us to evolve as a human species, it is important to unravel false beliefs and engage in the willingness to form new beliefs current with the present evolutionary period in which we now find ourselves. As a starter, everything in the first paragraph is untrue. Everything! Now, before you throw down the magazine, let’s delve into these myths about the body.
Myth No 1: We live in one body at a time.
Many of our current scientists suggest that time is not linear. Rather time and space co-exist as a single matrix. How then does one hold onto the notion of past lives? In an older text, called Parallel Universes quantum physicist Fred Allen Wolfe, suggests that what we may have regarded as “past” lives are really concurrent expressions lived in different dimensions. In other words that life you thought you “had” in 1826 is a life you are “having” concurrent to your present one. The influences bleed through into this dimension and are experienced in the present body.
Not only is the body subject to dimensional influences described, the body and the way it functions is dependent on every single choice we make in this lifetime. You may find yourself going down one path, say a path which includes going to college. Then after your first “D” or “F” you decide college life is not for you and you drop out (ignoring a part of yourself which is a scholar). Your drop-out status leads to independent entrepreneurship as an artist but it ends in bankruptcy (and again you ignore a part of yourself which is creative). This brings you to a choice point. Perhaps you then seek a job as a copywriter for a large ad agency and suddenly begin to flourish.
Are lives like this accidental or a trick of fate? Not likely. But to understand the nature of the body we have to take a slight detour into quantum physics. There may be more to this notion of parallel universes which hold entire lifetimes.
Leading scientists like Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku and Neil Turok (all of whom are responsible for life-changing breakthroughs in the field of quantum physics), have all suggested the existence of multiple universes. This jaw-dropping discovery was first made when trying to pinpoint the exact location of an atomic particle. An electron had no single location. Not only that, but it could exist in multiple places at the same time. The only apparent explanation for this is that particles don’t only exist in our universe—they can spark into existence in an infinite number of parallel universes.
Here’s where things get really interesting. Drawing on the above-mentioned scientific theory and merging it with 59 years of study into mysticism and the human mind, Burt Goldman, founder of Quantum Jumping, has come to one shocking conclusion: In these alternate universes, alternate versions of YOU are living out their lives. There is that scholar who has made scientific discoveries. There is that artist with works in prestigious galleries throughout the world. In fact, there is a virtual “self” who continues to proceed down the path before the change was made. So, in effect, there is a universe where Obama never won the election. There is a universe where Princess Diana is alive and inspiring thousands.
“The universe re-arranges itself according to your pictures of reality.” Harry Palmer
Every decision you make in life causes a “split” in reality. This creates two alternate universes—one where the current version of you is today, and another with the version of you who made a different choice. Think about all the decisions you’ve made that led to who you are today. All these decisions caused a split in your reality creating a new version of yourself in a parallel universe. Not only do you make decisions, these “selves” go on to make a certain set of choices of their own, thereby splitting their reality. So on and so on. You can begin to imagine the infinite versions of yourself that exist.
Here’s a secret: we can tap into those alternate selves in the dream state or in a quiet meditative state. In fact those little intuitive hunches you get which seem to be guiding you in the moment may in fact not come from the brain at all, but from an alternate self. This startling suggestion opens the doorway for discussion of the second myth.
Myth No 2: Thoughts come from the brain.
“Shifting your viewpoint is perhaps the single most powerful tool available to you for the remainder of this lifetime.” Greg Braden
The brain has traditionally been viewed as a “machine” analogous to a computer, where thoughts seem to arise in logical or spontaneous fashion, depending on the dominant hemisphere. However, there is a growing body of work that suggests this is not the case. It seems the brain is fractal in nature.
Gardiner, Overall, and Marc, in a recent publication in the Journal of Neuroquantology, suggest it is far more likely that the brain is working in the realm of chaos. Small changes in initial input lead to the production of large changes, some of which are strange attractors.
In describing “strange attractors,” Norman Holland, in his August 2010 article in Psychology Today, writes:
“First of all, each of us has a very specific characteristic style in the way in which we walk, speak, write, love, hate, and all the rest. These so-called styles of being are simply a person’s identity. This identity or style of being is learned and embodied in procedural memory. Behaviorally we are happy or unhappy, worried or secure, alert or lethargic. Our brains respond differently not only from person to person, but from moment to moment.“
According to chaos theory, one can describe a chaotic system (like the weather or our everyday behaviors) as a myriad of energy states, some requiring high energy, some low. If you graph these on a plane, they appear as a surface with high points and low points, or valleys between the hills. The mind-body system will tend to gravitate to the valleys. Hence they are called “attractors” and sometimes “strange attractors.”
We can think of our character, including our defenses, as a configuration of such attractors. That is, we will tend to respond to the ever-changing and random demands of reality (chaos) in ways that involve the least expenditure of energy. Our mental state will roll down, as it were, into the valleys. We will, therefore, tend to repeat the valley patterns of behavior. In other words, how you are WHO YOU ARE equals the way your momentary mental state will gravitate to the valleys of your present mental state.
Another way to put this: it seems that when the world around us is changing, some will continue to gravitate to habitual ways of behaving, despite the fact that it does little to deal with the chaos. Others will begin to tap into the higher vibratory states and create new methods of behaving. For example, many are currently exploring alternative modalities such as hypnosis, life regression, energy work, sound and light modalities, as a means of coping with current stress. Others will choose a path of spirituality or metaphysics as a means of staying centered in the midst of chaos. To do so is important in light of current research.
Gardiner, Overall, and Marc (cited earlier) suggest that, despite our resistance to change, change is indeed happening in the body. The vibratory rate of the earth itself is changing—which influences many body functions through gravitational changes. Consciousness is no longer just a topic of interest—consciousness itself is evolving. Our biological structures are changing. The brain is changing. The brain operates not just in three dimensions in the time-space continuum as was previously suspected.
The new data suggests the brain operates between five and eight dimensions. It is entirely possible the human brain is tuned to be receptive of all life experiences across all time and space. It is tuned to our higher self and that which we may call the Divine. For the first time, the human brain may begin to grasp the notion of “infinite possibilities.”
Myth # 3: Our feelings are the result of life experiences – good or bad.
“Think of an experience from childhood you remember. You were there weren’t you? Here’s the bombshell: you weren’t there. Not a single atom in your body today was there when that event took place. Matter flows from place to place and momentarily comes together to be you. Whatever you are, therefore, you are not the stuff of which you are made.” Steve Grand
It’s one thing to shake up our notion of reality in accepting that we may have multiple and concurrent life experiences lived in parallel universes. Another is to accept the fractal nature of the brain, being capable of processing information up to eight dimensions. Wishing to leave no stone unturned, it seems we have outmoded ideas about our feelings.
Feelings actually arise from the sensory system associated with sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste.
They were designed to give us feedback about the environment as a form of biological survival.
Feelings are associated with an older part of the brain called the limbic system. To feel cold was a signal to get a jacket or go inside. To burn your finger in the fire was an experience to learn something about the proximity of your body to a heat source. To hear the loud roar of an oncoming tiger was a warning to get out of the way—and fast!
Emotions on the other hand are those life experiences we have had which we have labeled as love, hate, fear, guilt, shame, abandonment, and so forth. They do not arise from the sensory apparatus of the body, but rather from the way in which we have interpreted them with our brain. For example if you fall down as a child and scrape your knee, you are likely to label that experience as “hurt.” Similarly, if your parent accused you of doing something which you did not do, you also tended to label that experience as “hurt.” Over thousands of years our feeling states were no longer just interpretations of the world around us. They became the reflection of what was going on inside of us. Thus we began to tie together feedback from the external world to our interpretations of our inner world. An inner world that would in fact determine our likes and dislikes, fears and hopes, biases and prejudices. In other words emotional states became feeling states. Our biography became inseparable from our biology.
Back to the childhood experiences of being “hurt” as mentioned above. Each time we label something, it gets stored in the body (not in the brain). However, our “hurt” file may include “things that hurt me,” “others that hurt me,” and even “ways that I hurt myself.” When a new painful experience comes along, we may not only file the “hurt” in the “hurt” file, it might get filed in the “others who hurt me file.” That “hurt” might even get filed in a file called “guilt.” So we might feel guilty and store “guilt” in a file when we hurt others, intentionally or not.
Some of the ills we face are a direct result of our socialization process. We learn “no” almost as soon as we acquire language. Often, our learning is an accumulation of what not to do, rather than a process of learning alternative ways of being in the world. Imagine the scenario that occurs in say forty or fifty years of living. That is often a time when some people have what has been called “mid-life” crises. All of a sudden life doesn’t make sense. There is too much unhappiness, too many broken promises, not enough money, and so on. The real issue is that the body has begun to collapse from all the misinformation.
Science now tells us that you cannot have a single thought without causing massive biochemical and bioelectrical reactions in the body. Not one single thought! A research Cancer Institute in France suggests that one negative thought can suppress the immune system for 48 hours and change the pH of the body from alkalinity to acidity, lasting up to six hours.
Is there a way out of the dilemma? Yes. First, since our brains have been socialized for eons and eons of time to engage in labeling, we must label life events as they are—not as we interpret them. Someone may say something that seems hurtful (as we have interpreted it). We have the choice to recognize that another’s outburst may be their own cry for love, compassion, and understanding—and that it has nothing to do with us personally. We may choose to see our own aches and pains as a labeling error, and begin to honor the body and engage in deep forgiveness for the misinterpretations we have made.
Finally, it is helpful to begin to entertain the notion that our body was gifted with Grace to live a long time. All of the cells in our body are constantly dying as more are reborn. We literally remake a new brain once a year. We turn over all the cells in the liver once every six months. We make a new stomach lining every six weeks. Since we are not likely to undo that biography-biology connection any time soon, we can begin speaking loving thoughts to our body. We can begin to infuse the entire mind-body system with loving and compassionate labels.
In each moment of confusion, we have the opportunity to let go of old habits, prejudices, outdated belief patterns, and conceptions of the past and the future. We can tune into the multiple expressions of our selves and ask for inspiration and guidance. We can stay in the present moment and begin to look at our experiences as gifts for our own awakening. In this way, we set in motion the possibility of getting in touch with the magic that gave us birth.
Lana J. Ford, Ph.D., assists others to heal themselves as they remove distortions in the mind-body field. She offers clinical services in the Asheville area using sound and light modalities. As a Licensed Life Coach she empowers clients to reclaim their own gifts and talents, that each might experience greater peace, love, and harmony. [804-929-3327] [www.personalfrequencies.com]