Why We’re Not in Kansas Anymore

After much mulling on the subject, I’ve decided to construct a format for the reality that underlies the colossal fraud that we stubbornly sustain as our given physical circumstances, our “real” world inside which we pursue our lives.

1. Let’s begin with the Double-Slit Experiment. This experiment has been performed numerous times with increasingly better measuring instruments since its first performance in 1801. The conclusion is always the same: “things” (like an electron, a component of an atom, which in turn is a component of what we experience as physical reality) have two complementary states–either as waves or particles. In other words, what makes up our experience of physical reality is both real and unreal at the same time. When it is perceived to be real, we are observing it. When it is unreal, we are not. Notice that we don’t perceive it as unreal because the perception itself changes what is observed or perceived from being unreal to being real. The critical factor in this process is our consciousness. So, the basic implication is that “nothing exists until it is observed” (by a conscious observer, which includes any measuring device created by a conscious observer).

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2. Now let’s consider “The Copenhagen Interpretation” (circa 1925-1927). Danish physicist Niels Bohr is the main author of this view although other physicists provided support for it, most importantly, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrodinger. In sum, this interpretation shows that “any look, anything that provides information, collapses the previously existing state.” And further, “Your observation not only creates a current reality, it also creates the history appropriate to that reality” (Quantum Enigma, 2006). What this means is that “There is no physical world ‘out there’ separate from the observer. . .” (Quantum Enigma, 2006).

3. Are you getting my drift so far? Now let’s add Hugh Everett III’s Many Worlds Interpretation of 1957. MWI says that we are part of the universal wave-function so that everything that could possibly happen with the collapse of the wave function does happen in parallel worlds or realities. This implies that each of us has an infinite number of probable selves who inhabit these other worlds and continue to follow other courses of development apart from the one we have chosen to follow. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? Every time we make a choice, other versions of ourselves continue to develop timelines based upon the choice or choices we didn’t make.

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4. Finally, let’s consider Physicist John Wheeler’s Delayed-Choice thought experiment (it was repeated more recently as an actual experiment and produced the same results). It’s an elaboration of the original Double-Slit Experiment and adds interferometers, which redirect the “paths” of particles fired at different target screens in such a way that the particles ought not be able to know in advance at which target screens they were fired. Nonetheless, the particles are not fooled and readjust their final impacts from information in their futures. In other words, they create their own destinies backwards in time. This is facilitated by the fact that the particles, while “traveling” between their origin and their final destination, cease to exist! It’s the observation of both starting place and final destination that gives any reality to the experiment in the first place.

5. Just for grins, let’s add the compelling theory (it’s more than just probable) that our entire universe is a hologram, including ourselves, and that our brains, as holographic processors, are responsible for creating what we think is “out there” as an objective, independently-existing reality.

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What are you left with? The inevitable conclusion that your life is a confabulation and a lie. There is no Kansas, no planet earth on which Kansas exists, no solar system, no galaxy, and ultimately no physical universe. Everything is just made up by what we are taught to believe and by the severe limitations of our sensory input. We are living in a dream of our own creation. As long as we know that it is a dream, we do little harm. But when we make distinctions and then act on them as if they were real, we create nightmares. Good luck with that.

Just remember the five simple factors of your new experience:

1. The Double-Slit Experiment

2. The Copenhagen Interpretation

3. The Many-Worlds Interpretation

4. The Delayed-Choice Experiment

5. The Holographic Universe

NOW you can find your way home.

Noodling About the Feel of Reality

I’m a little late in writing my blog for this week because I drove up to Albuquerque to visit my sister-in-law for several days. It was my sister-in-law who, at a Matrix Energetics seminar in 2010 in Albuquerque, created the opportunity for a double of myself from a parallel universe to appear beside me. What I saw was a somewhat hazy human figure from the waist down pressing itself against my right hip. It wasn’t until I collapsed to the floor (a familiar effect of uncollapsing wave function) that she verified that what she had seen was another me who was smiling. Now, according to Hugh Everett III, the source of the Many Worlds Theory in 1957, no contact between parallel worlds should be possible. I guess my experience shot down that proviso (at least for my sister-in-law and me). The experience led to the cure of some prostate cancer I had been entertaining as a physical reality. You see, my double appeared in order to merge his form with mine and project his version of me into my holographic reality where he (as me) had never developed prostate cancer. That’s some razzle-dazzle, but it nonetheless had all the sensory experience of a “real” event. I have been cancer-free ever since. Go figure.

Some years ago, I came to the realization (despite my lurking skepticism) that everything we take as reality is just made up. Richard Bartlett taught me that, but it took a while for me to confront the actual truth of it. The implication of that perception is that, within a completely fictional reality, we are free to make up whatever version of it we choose–and we do, every day of our lives. What determines the kind of reality we experience is how it “feels”. Consider that our consciousness, through the creation of thoughts, ideas, and perceptions, sets up a particular kind of experience of reality that is uniquely ours. No two are completely alike, no matter how much agreement we can generate on the details of a consensus reality. Our consciousness collapses waves of infinite possibilities into very real-looking, specific things and events. That’s a default setting. Beyond that, any idea, thought, or perception that is based upon fear, anger, or guilt constructs a narrative that supports the initiating emotion. That’s called “projection”.

It’s as though we are sitting up in a projection booth at a movie theater and running a movie of our lives, which is projected onto a big screen for general viewing. Of course, we don’t realize that we are only projecting the movie and not actually living it, so we get very much involved with the plot and the characters we are shown and never have a clue that we are just watching a movie. Whatever is happening on the screen affects our feelings so that the narrative can be frightening, consoling, touching, exciting, uplifting, depressing, or joyous by turns. Most of us call that “life”.

But there is another way to look at life. This view is supported by both Advaita Vedanta and Quantum Mechanics so that if you have to have a certain context for what you are willing to believe, be it spiritual or scientific, you can be accommodated. Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, an Advaita Vedanta authority, both in theory and practice, says:

“If you wait for an event to take place, for the coming of reality, you will wait forever, for reality neither comes nor goes. It is to be perceived, not expected. It is not to be prepared for and anticipated. But the very longing and search for reality is the movement, operation, action of reality. All you can do is grasp the central point, that reality is not an event and does not happen and whatever happens, whatever comes and goes, is not reality. See the event as event only, the transient as transient, experience as mere experience and you have done all you can.”

Now that’s going to feel a lot different from watching the usual movies that have dominated your attention all your life. See, you wait for the movie to start and there is plot development, character development, foreshadowing, and all the rest that creates more expectation, more suspense, more anticipation of the next scene and the next and the next. But, to quote quantum physicist Michio Kaku, “Nothing physical happens” because, to quote quantum physicist John A. Wheeler, “There is no ‘out there’ out there” to begin with. You’re watching a movie!

Play around with it. Try on feelings for size. You can be amused at a horror film and horrified by a romance story. The reality is yours to feel. Above all, find out how being you feels. That’s really what all the stories are about.