How science is changing and how new science can change your health forever…
An understanding of the evolution of science requires a partial look at historical context. The first few paragraphs will bore some, make others heads spin, and an overly bright few will see errors and omissions! (I am not a scientist!) Nevertheless, wade through if you can, as understanding the content is not as important as the context, that is, the framework for where we are going. It is an exciting new frontier and will play a role in the mass healing that is coming to our world! The last paragraphs will hopefully bring all of this understanding together for you to help clarify what direction your own personal healing work will take.
Okay to begin this journey, I must mention Newton’s second law which applies to macroscopic particles, where the smallest mass is the cell. In summary: As the force acting upon an object is increased, the acceleration of the object is increased. As the mass of an object is increased, the acceleration of the object is decreased. A problem with this theory occurred in some situations where the law did not work, an example being a rocket, which doesn’t propel without it's fuel (no force). Einstein’s general relativity theory partially solved this problem by proposing that the observed gravitational attraction between masses results from those masses warping nearby space and time. So a rocket without fuel falling towards earth is a result of this “warping.” This theory too, had errors. In hindsight scientists understand Einstein's error in relation to quantum theory.
Enter quantum mechanics….microscopic particles are smaller than the cells and include electrons and atomic nuclei. Quantum mechanics deals with the behaviour of matter and energy on the scale of atoms and subatomic particles/waves. The study of these smallest entities has produced some very meaningful discoveries, most notably the wave properties of electrons. Simply put, instead of traveling in a straight line, waves spread out. So Einstein’s mistake was to work with fields in space-time rather than real waves in space, largely because he did not have knowledge of the wave properties of matter when he developed his theory of relativity.
This newer theory solves the problems that the theory of general relativity could not. It doesn’t solve every problem though. Re-enter Einstein who recognized that the behaviour of microscopic objects described in quantum theory is different from everyday experience (what we can see with the eye). What this might mean, scientists say, is that the wave function represents partly a fact and partly our objective knowledge of a fact. In addition to a basic law of randomness, the universe also seems to have a basic law of inference on the resolution of these waves. Hold that thought (the one about randomness, objective knowledge, and inference...).
Every student of physics knows about Schrödinger’s 1935 paper regarding a hypothetical paradox involving a cat. In summary, the paradox states that anything could be in the box but you don't know the truth until you open it. So until you can see what's in the box, all the possibilities exist at once (the cat is both dead and alive, for example). Whatever's in the box is in a "superposition" because it's there and not there at the same time. Superposition clearly occurs at the subatomic level, in which a single particle is demonstrated to be in multiple locations all at once. If the outcome of a situation isn’t known and by observing the circumstance you disrupt it, then it exists in all possible states simultaneously. But does this work when moved from the microscopic level? What we get are possibilities and what that fact implies about the nature of reality on the observable level (cats, for example, as opposed to electrons) is one of the new problems to be solved in the field of quantum physics.
What is currently evolving, though, is that thought or belief about the object or the probable outcome of the experiment actually affects what occurs. Thought and belief added to quantum theory is currently the new physics being written about by Bruce Lipton, Candace Pert, and other scientists mentioned on this blog.
New physics is beginning to suggest that "possibilities" affect the wider world, and that human thought is the ultimate determinate of physical reality. The theory can't predict with precision what will happen, but it knows everything that can happen and it will tell you the probability of all these things happening. Since mental processes are not independent of bodily processes, this theory plays an important role in the philosophy of mind. Enter neuroscience….. The scope of neuroscience includes any investigation of the central and peripheral nervous system of biological organisms. This field is is looking at the cellular level and up into the mind and is often studied in the context of quantum physics.
If asked what the mind is, the average person will usually respond by identifying it with self, their personality, or perhaps their soul. They will almost certainly deny that the mind simply is the brain. Descartes was the first to clearly identify the mind with consciousness and self-awareness, and to distinguish this from the brain, which was the seat of intelligence. Does the mind play a role in reality? Do our thoughts and beliefs affect outcome? Quantum physics, neuroscience and the evolving discoveries in these fields will lead to a unified theory. I have those flutters in my gut that mainstream science sometime soon will verify reality as a product of mind and thought.
Back to the thought I asked you to hold. Is what happens to you really random? Is your knowledge of things really objective? How can it be if science is evolving to prove new objective facts all the time! So does inference mean more? In other words is it now more likely that the combination of your history and your current understanding impact outcome more than you thought it might?
How does all of this affect you? If we’re moving towards scientifically proving that thought influences outcome, then doesn’t that change everything we know about western medicine also? I envision future hospitals as centers for virtual reality, psychotherapy (neuro-psychology) as a process of re-programming subconscious negative thinking, and holistic health retreats as today’s spas in pristine locations with the added programs for the teachings of how this new science can be directed to improve health. Science and spirituality seem to be coming together and even the teachings of Abraham may become a proven scientific fact soon! Maybe I’m a dreamer, but it sure makes me feel well!
Credits: While the conclusions are mine, most of the historical information here was gleaned from Wikipedia.