I’m a self-confessed nerd when it comes to some of my interests. I’m fascinated, for example, by both cosmology (the study of space) and quantum physics (the study of the subatomic world). In a sense they both represent the same thing, just on a different ends of the scale! Cosmology tells us that our galaxy – the milky way – is the size of a pin head in relation to the one hundred billion (yep, you read it right) galaxies “out there”. Quantum physics tells us the nucleus of each of our atoms is similarly a pin head in size compared to the space (in the atom) surrounding it. Either way, we’re verrrrry, verrrrry small.
Don’t lose your marbles
Imagine taking a single marble and placing it in the centre of a large football stadium. The marble would be the size of an atom’s nucleus and 99% of its mass. The seats of the stadium are where you’d find the whizzing electron cloud. Bruce Lipton, in his jaw-dropping 2015 book, The Biology of Belief, describes atoms as being surrounded by spinning and vibrating energy. He writes that these atoms have their own unique energy signature, and that collectively, groups of atoms – molecules – have their own energy pattern.
The consequence of this is that every physical object in the universe has a unique energy signature. We’re made up of a ton of these incredible, energy-producing atoms. In fact, a person weighing 70 kg has about 7*1027 of them (that’s seven billion billion billion)! What’s the relevance of this? Well, we and our world are made up of atoms, but they’re essentially more space and energy than physical stuff. Given that atoms are comprised more of energy than matter, we might want to take a novel approach to creating positive change in our lives.
Can you feel that chair under your butt? It feels solid, right? It’s not, but it seems that way because of the electron activity between your butt and the chair itself. These two “bodies” trying to push all these electrons together require huge amounts of energy – more than you can manage – and so it feels as though you’re sitting on something solid. Our experience suggests the opposite though. We’re convinced that reality’s comprised of solid things and that our world exists as an independent, objective one.
But here’s something we know about electrons and which should get you seeing things from another perspective. They behave differently when they’re observed, compared to when they aren’t! When observed, the energy and space collapse into, and behave like, a particle of matter. When not, they behave like a wave of energy. This means that how electrons express themselves is dependent on our influence. It also means that a particle of matter doesn’t exist as matter until we give it attention. Once we take attention away from it, it reverts to being a wave and exists in the quantum space as potential.
Creating your own reality
The power in this knowledge means that we can essentially create our own reality. “A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a ‘mental’ construction” (R. C. Henry, “The Mental Universe”; Nature 436:29, 2005).
Although there is more than one quantum theory, all agree that things happen weirdly at the subatomic level, and that there’s more to it all than meets our physical senses. The bottom line seems to be that no matter what it is you want to change, you’re going to have to do a lot more than focus on “physical world” tools. In practical terms, if you have set ways of thinking about things, you’re going to observe the same things and have the same experiences you’ve always had. You’re going to have to acknowledge the part your mindset plays in configuring your current body shape, life experiences, emotions. Then do something to change the way you think, behave and feel about the nature of the world, your physicality, your self, and the value and impact you have on the world.