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notes: biocentrism by robert lanza

biocentrism: how life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe, by robert lanza, md, with bob berman.  benbella books, 2009

“if the big bang had been one-part-in-a-million more powerful, it would have rushed out too fast for the galaxies and life to develop.  if the strong nuclear force were decreased 2  percent, atomic nuclei wouldn’t hold together, and plain-vanilla hydrogen would be the only kind of atom in the universe.  if the gravitational force were decreased by a hair, stars (including the sun) would not ignite.  these are just three of just more than two hundred physical parameters within the solar system and universe so exact that it strains credulity to propose that they are random – even if that is exactly what standard contemporary physics baldly suggests.  these fundamental constants of the universe – constants that are not predicted by any theory – all seem to be carefully chosen, often with great precision, to allow for the existence of life and consciousness (yes, consciousness raises its annoying paradoxical head yet a third time).  the old model has absolutely o reasonable explanation for this.  but biocentrism supplies answers, as we shall see.  there’s more.  brilliant equations that accurately explain the vagaries of motion contradict observations about how things behave on the small scale.  (or, to affix the correct labels on it, einstein’s relativity is incompatible with quantum mechanics.)” p7

“the pulses of air by themselves do not constitute any sort of sound, which is obvious because 15-pulse air puffs remain silent no matter how many ears are present.  only when a specific range of pulses are  present is the ear’s neural architecture designed to let human consciousness conjure the noise experience.  in short, an observer, an ear, and a brain are every bit as necessary for the experience of sound as are the air pulses.  the external world and consciousness are correlative.  and a tree that falls in an empty forest creates only silent air pulses – tiny puffs of wind.  when someone dismissively answers ‘of course a tree makes a sound if no one’s nearby,’ they are merely demonstrating their inability to ponder an event nobody attended.  they’re finding it too difficult to take themselves out of the equation.  they somehow continue to imagine themselves present when they are absent.” P20-1

“charges of the same type repel each other, so the bark’s electrons repel yours, and you feel this electrical repulsive force stopping your fingers from penetrating any further.  nothing solid ever meets any other solids when you push on a tree.  the atoms in your fingers are each as empty as a vacant football stadium in which a single fly sits on teh fifty-yard line.  if we needed solids to stop us (rather than energy fields), our fingers could easily penetrate the tree as if we were swiping at fog.” p22

“Three components are necessary for a rainbow.  there must be sun, there must be raindrops, and there must be a conscious eye (or its surrogate, film) at the correct geometric location.  if your eyes look directly opposite the sun (that is, at the antisolar point, which is always marked by the shadow of your head), the sunlit water droplets will produce a rainbow that surrounds that precise spot at a distance of forty-two degrees.  but your eyes must be located at that spot where the refracted light from the sunlit droplets converges to complete the required geometry.  a person next to you will complete his or her own geometry, and will be at the apex of a cone for an entirely different set of droplets, and will therefore see a separate rainbow.  their rainbow is very likely to look like yours, but it needn’t be so.  the droplets their eyes intercept may be of a different size, and larger droplets make for a more vivid rainbow while at the same time robbing it of blue.  then, too, if the sunlit droplets are very nearby, as from a lawn sprinkler, the person nearby may not see a rainbow at all.  your rainbow is yours alone.  but now we get to our point:  what if no one’s there?  answer:  no rainbow.” p22-3

“in the absence of anyone or any animal, it is easy to see that no rainbow is present.  or, if you prefer, there are countless trillions of potential bows, each one blurrily offset from the next by the minutest margin.” p23

“The visual image of that butter, that is, the butter itself, actually exists only inside your brain.  that is its location.  it is the only place visual images are perceived and cognized.  some may imagine that there are two worlds, one ‘out there’ and a separate one being cognized inside the skull.  but the ‘two worlds’ model is a myth.  nothing is  perceived except the perceptions themselves, and nothing exists outside of consciousness.  only one visual reality is extant, and there it is.  right there.  the ‘outside world’ is, therefore, located within the brain or mind.  of course, this is so astounding for many people, even if it is obvious to those who study the brain, that it becomes possible to over-think the issue and come up with attempted refutations.  ‘yeah, but what about someone born blind?’ ‘and what about touch; if things aren’t out there, how can we feel them?’  none of that changes the reality:  touch, too, occurs only within consciousness or the mind.” p36

“”more recent experiments by libet, announced in 2008, analyzing separate, higher-order brain functions, have allowed his research team to predict up to ten seconds in advance which hand a subject is about to decide to raise.  ten seconds is nearly an eternity when it comes to cognitive decisions, and yet a person’s eventual decision could be seen on brain scans that long before the subject was even remotely aware of having made any decision.  this and other experiments prove that the brain makes its own decisions on a subconscious level, and people only later feel that ‘they’ have performed a conscious decision.  it means that we go through life thinking that, unlike the blessedly autonomous operations of the heart and kidneys, a lever-pulling ‘me’ is in charge of hte brain’s workings.  libet concluded that the sense of personal free will  arises solely from a habitual retrospective perspective of the ongoing flow of brain events.  what, then, do we make of all this?  first, that we are truly free to enjoy the unfolding of life, including our own lives, unencumbered by the acquired, often guilt-ridden sense of control, and the obsessive need to avoid messing up.  we can relax, because we’ll automatically perform anyway.” p39

“as more sophisticated experiments were devised, it became obvious that mere knowledge in the experimenter’s mind is sufficient to cause the wave-function to collapse.” p51

“before bell, it was still considered possible (though increasingly iffy)  that local realism – an objective independent universe – could be the truth.  before bell, many still clung to the millennia-old assumption that physical states exist before they are measured.” p53

constants: atomic mass unit, avogadro’s number, bohr magneton, bohr radius, boltzmann’s constant, compton wavelength, deuteron mass, electric constant, electron mass, electron-volt, elementary charge, faraday constant, fine structure constant, hartree energy, hydrogen ground state, josephson constant, magnetic constant, molar gas constant, natural unit of action, newtonian constant of gravitation, neutron mass, nuclear magneton, planck constant, planck length, planck mass, planck time, proton mass, rydberg constant, stefan boltzmann constant, speed of light in vacuum, thompson cross section, wien displacement law constant.  p85-6

“you either have an astonishingly improbably coincidence revolving around the indisputable fact that the cosmos could have any properties but happens to have exactly the right ones for life or else you have exactly what must be seen if indeed the cosmos is biocentric.  either way, the notion of a random billiard-ball cosmos that could have had any forces that boast any range of values, but instead has the weirdly specific ones needed for life, looks impossible enough to seem downright silly.” p91

“at first it was assumed that such uncertainty in quantum theory practice was due to some technological insufficiency on the part of the experimenter or his instruments, some lack of sophistication in the methodology.  but it soon became apparent that the unertainty is actually built into the fabric of reality.  we see only that for which we are looking.  of course, all of this makes perfect sense from a biocentric perspective:  time is the inner form of animal sense that animates events – the still frames – of the spatial world.  the mind animates the world like the motor and gears of a projector.  each weaves a series of still pictures – a series of spatial states – into an order, into the ‘current’ of life.  motion is created in our minds by running ‘film cells’ together.  remember that everything you perceive – even this page – is actively, repeatedly, being reconstructed inside your head.  it’s happening to you right now.  your eyes cannot see through the wall of the cranium; all experience including visual experience is an organized whirl of information in your brain.  if your mind could stop its ‘motor’ for a moment, you’d get a freeze frame, just as the movie projector isolated the arrow in one position with no momentum.  in fact, time can be defined as the inner summation of spatial states; the same t hing measured with our scientific instruments is called momentum.  space can be defined as position, as locked in a single frame.  thus, movement through space is an oxymoron.  heisenberg’s uncertainty principle has its root here:  position (location in space) belongs to the outer world and momentum (which involves the temporal component that adds together still ‘film cells’) belongs to the inner world.  by penetrating to the bottom of matter, scientists have reduced the universe to its most basic logic, and time is simply not a feature of the external spatial world.” p100

“werner heisenberg when he said, “a path comes into existence only when you observe it.’  there is neither time nor motion without life.  reality is not ‘there’ with definite properties waiting to be discovered but actually comes into being depending upon the actions of the observer.” p101

“the demotion of time from an actual reality to a mere subjective experience, a fiction or even social convention, is central to biocentrism.  its ultimate unreality, except as an aid and mutually agreed-upon convenience in everyday life, is yet one more piece of evidence that calls into serious doubt the ‘external universe’ mindset.” p104

“that time is a fixed arrow is a human construction.  that we live no the edge of all time is a fantasy.  that there is an irreversible, on-flowing continuum of events linked to galaxies and suns and the earth is an even greater fantasy.  space and time are forms of animal understanding – period.  we carry t hem around with us like turtles with shells.  so there simply is no absolute self-existing matrix out there in which physical events occur independent of life.” p106

“the persistent human perception of time almost certainly stems from the chronic act of thinking, the one-word-at-a-time thought process by which ideas and events are visualized and anticipated.  in rare moments of clarity and mental emptiness, or when danger or novel experience forces a one-pointed focus upon one’s consciousness, time vanishes, replaced by an ineffably enjoyable feeling of freedom, or the singular focus of escaping immediate peril.  time is never cognized normally in such thought-less experiences:  ‘i saw the whole accident unfolding in slow motion,’  in sum, from a biocentric point of view, time does not exist in the universe independent of life that notices it, and really doesn’t truly exist within the context of life either.” p109

“life has seemingly taught that time and space are external – and perhaps eternal – realities.  they appear to encompass and bind all experiences, and are fundamental rather than secondary to life.  they seem to lie above and beyond human experience, the gridwork within which all adventures unfold.  as animals, we are organized and wired to use places and time to specify our experiences to ourselves and to others.  history defines the past by placing people and events in time and space.” p112

“space, which is solely the conceptual mind’s way of clearing its throat, of pausing between identified symbols.  at any rate, this subjective truth of this is now supported by actual experiments (as we saw in teh quantum theory chapters) that strongly suggest distance (space) has no reality whatsoever for entangled particles, no matter how great their apparent separation” p 114-5

“the generation to which einstein belonged had been taught that there existed an objective physical world that unfolded itself according to laws independent of life.  ‘the belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject, einstein later wrote,  ‘is the basis of all natural science.’  the universe was viewed as a great machine set in motion at the beginning of time, with wheels and cogs that turned according to immutable laws independent of us.” p116

“biocentrism, of course, shows that space is a projection from inside our minds, where experience begins.  it is a tool of life, the form of outer sense that allows an organism to coordinate sensory information, and to make judgments regarding the quality and intensity of what is being perceived.  space is not a physical phenomenon per se – and should not be studied in the same way as chemicals and moving particles.  we animal organisms use this form of perception to organize our sensations into outer experience.  in biological terms, the interpretation of sensory input in the brain depends on the neural pathway it takes from the body.” p117

“so we have multiple illusions and processes that routinely impart a false view of space.  shall we count the ways?  (1) empty space is not empty.  (2) distances between objects can and do  mutate depending on a multitude of conditions, so that no bedrock distance exists anywhere, between anything and anything else.  (3) quantum theory casts serious doubt about whether even distant individual items are truly separated at all.  (4) we ‘see’ separations between objects only because we have been conditioned and trained, through language and convention, to draw boundaries.” p118

“what, then, is the true nature of this space?  empty?  seething with energy and therefore matter-equivalent?  real?  unreal?  a uniquely active field?  a field of mind?  moreover, if one accepts that the external world occurs only in mind, in consciousness, and that it’s the interior of one’s brain that’s cognized ‘out there’ at this moment, then of course everything is connected with everything else.”  p125-6

“the fact that space can both seem to change its appearance through aberration, and actually shrink drastically at high speed, so that the entire universe is only a few steps from end to end, illustrates that it has no inherent, let alone external, structure.  it is, rather, an experiential commodity that goes with the flow and mutates under varying circumstances.” p126

“first principle of biocentrism:  what we perceive as reality is a process that involves our consciousness.  an ‘external’ reality, if it existed, would – by definition – have to exist in space.  but this is meaningless, because space and time are not absolute realities but rather tools of the human and animal mind.
second principle of biocentrism:  our external and internal perceptions are inextricably intertwined.  they are different sides of the same coin and cannot be divorced from one another.
third principle of biocentrism:  the behavior of subatomic particles – indeed all particles and objects – is inextricably linked to the presence of an observer.  without the presence of a conscious observer, they at best exist in an undetermined state of probability waves.
fourth principle of biocentrism:  without consciousness, ‘matter’ dwells in an undetermined state of probability.  any universe that could have preceded consciousness only existed in a probability state.
fifth principle of biocentrism:  the structure of the universe is explainable only through biocentrism.  the universe is fine-tuned for life, which makes perfect sense as life creates the universe, not the other way around.  the ‘universe’ is simply the complete spatiotemporal logic of the self.
sixth principle of biocentrism:  time does not have a real existence outside of animal-sense perception.  it is the process by which we perceive changes in the universe.
seventh principle of biocentrism: space, like time, is not an object or a t hing.  space is another form of our animal understanding and does not have an independent reality.  we carry space and time around with us like turtles with shells.  thus, there is no absolute self-existing matrix in which physical events occur independent of life.” p127

“what weinberg and others who have pondered the issue complain about is that, given all the chemistry and physics we know, given the brain’s neurological structure and complex architecture, and its constant trickle-current, it is nothing short of astonishing that the result is – this!  the world in all its manifold sights and smells and emotions.  a subjective feeling of being, of aliveness, that we all carry so unrelentingly that few give it a moment’s thought.  there is no principle of science – in any discipline – that hints or explains how on earth we get this from that.” p174

“it is not solely atoms and proteins that hold the answer to the problem of consciousness.  when we consider the nerve impulses entering the brain, we realize that they are not woven together automatically, any more than the information is inside a computer.  our thoughts and perceptions have an order, not of themselves, but because the mind generates the spatio-temporal relationships involved in every experience.  even taking cognition to the next step by fabricating a sense of meaning to things necessitates the creation of spatio-temporal relationships, the inner and outer forms of our sensuous intuition.” p175

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author’s note

i’ve completed another milestone, tho you can’t see it.  i’ve finished transferring all those hundreds of pages of research to my union documents.  the union documents are the 42 chapters separated into 6 sections of 7 chapters each, and they’re filled with everything that has to happen, and everything behind what has to happen, and all the realworld references for all the things that have to happen in each chapter.  they’re all very long and bulky, and organized into topics and characters.  i’ve covered this before.  i’ve been assembling the research for 6 months now, and there are hundreds of pages, and now all that bulk is added to the union documents.  i’ve put a nice big separating line in the research document, and all the new research i do after today will go behind that line for distribution later.  i’ve been color coding and everything.  it’s been a real strain on the computer, with the 6 union documents open, and the research document, and my browser with its several dozen open windows.

this evening i started to do the same thing with my miscellaneous character notes, a document that contains all the things the various characters go thru, like fairy dealing with victimhood and snake abusing the 48 laws of power (sharing a few of them with c3ll3r!, who will use them to free herself).  i still also need to go thru the comments document for all my original ideas, to make sure they’re all in there.

just a few minutes ago, i downloaded all the research i’ve posted on this blog, from books i got out of the library, for example do you quantumthink? and rules for radicals and level design for games.  and now i have to go thru 483 pages of notes and continue extracting research from this new blog research document into the union documents.

so there’s still a great deal of work to be done before i start writing.  but that doesn’t mean i’m not already writing, just that it’s still formless.  in the void.

i have been reading other peoples’ fiction lately – i finally read the hunger games, and some really great fantasy like kage baker and hilary mantel and emma bull, and now i’m reading absurdistan, and all the while i’m thinking about my story, how will it sound, how will it come out?

i’ve been thinking about what i’ve been researching, too.  all this politics.  all this political theory.  all this history.  the technological breakthrus that are occurring in so many fields.  climate change.  revolution.  all these heavy topics.  and at the same time i’m trying to internalize the quantum lessons my own self, i’m trying to evolve just enough to describe it before struggling toward the next moment, and describing that.

i’m getting excited as the time for writing approaches.  the same excitement i felt in the beginning of this process, when it just occurred to me, and before it got so complex.   now, after 6 months of plotting and scheming, i know what has to happen, and i know when it happens.  the story is almost tidy enough to begin, there just needs a little more moving things around, cutting and pasting into correct chapters, stuff like that.

the one thing i don’t know is how things will happen.  or even who will do what when.  i’ve built enough uncertainty into each development, each chapter, that i can pick which character or event thru which to show what piece of the whole needs to be seen next.

this still makes me a little nervous.  i can see vague outlines when i look from a distance, and can follow the progress easily, but it all smudges up when i press my nose to the glass and breathe.

i still have no idea of my narrative voice.  i always like talking to my audience, like a missive, like how i’d run on if i cornered you in an elevator.  but i can’t afford to be preachy, or sound like a textbook;  all of that research has to become invisible.  and if i took all the research out of the union documents, then it would be a few descriptive words for each chapter, and that would be it.

because this is all floating around in my head all day, it blends with everything else that happens. we watched mysteries of lisbon the other day, and i was taking notes about dramatic staging the whole time.  and we watched little senegal and i was doing characterizations.  even no strings attached had me thinking about plot devices and timing.  and then the plots and situations of these movies go and blend with the background thoughts i’m having about my story, and mix again with my dreams, and i end up not really knowing which is which.  the whole thing becomes a fluid, dreamlike recall of a book i haven’t written yet.

i am, in a quantum way, taking the creative process backwards.  it’s perfectly feasible to start from the end point, because quantum physics works backwards, using actual time travel.  i’m spending actual time and energy visualizing what the story will look like, what it will sound like, how it will go.  i figure if i can see how it turns out, then i can write it like that.  this, in fact, is the original vision of the two main characters, who get a good glimpse, and then have to create it the way it was shown to them.  it’s as good a way as making it up as you go along.  better, really, because it starts with how it has to be and works backwards, a damn sight more sure than narrowing down an infinite number of possibilities.

i can’t see the cover yet.  but i can see people reading it.

the big trick is to present the keys to quantum change in a way that makes readers experience the change in themselves.  one of the books i just read had the hero go down into the earth with his mind and change something vital.  this is just the kind of thing i want to teach – you could easily do this if you developed your quantum powers.  but i don’t want to stop with showing the hero doing it.  i want the readers to do it.  i want everybody clapping for tinkerbell the whole time.

how do i do that?

since i’m writing this on quantum principles, i am going with no real plan.  plenty of equipment, but only a suspiciously vague mapquest printout beside me as i head off into the sunrise.

so presumably i will figure out how to infect others with this as they’re reading it.  i don’t know how.  but that’s the whole point of writing it.  other than what good i get out of it, of course.  it’s the problem with teaching zen, teaching enlightenment.  it’s very simple to attain enlightenment.  the trick is in choosing to do so.  it’s a quantum state, so it’s not like there’s a gradation between regular consciousness and enlightenment.  it’s a leap.

the sufis can do it.  reading sufi inspired literature, you are reading one thing off the page, and your mind is processing an entirely different thing at the same time, and the whole thing combines to give you interesting insights.  there are other examples of this in other disciplines.  you first experience nothing unusual, then it becomes chaos, then it resolves a different way and you understand that you didn’t understand anything before.

you can learn to be a zen master just like that.  you can attain enlightenment in the blink of an eye.  you can just decide to do it, and there you are.  babies are masters and forget almost everything by the time they can speak  but for us, it’s a combination of willpower and surrender.  but it’s still possible.

my task is to create the air of this happening in each reader.  to show the leap and get them to follow, and to do it over and over again until it becomes their habit.  that’s how it would work if the whole thing were really a videogame.  and of course i have no idea how i’m going to do that.

if it were just up to me, i’d quit at studying all this stuff and trying to apply it to my own life.  but it’s a compulsion, and a need to spread this around, so that’s what i’m doing.  it’s going to be a miracle actually accomplishing it.  it’s going to involve channeling some interesting material.

because when i write, i basically disengage one part of my mind and let the words flow into my head and out thru my fingers.  i don’t even think about how to spell words at this point, and i’m typing well over 80 words a minute.  it flows; it feels physically good as my fingers fly over the keyboard without any hesitation at all.  and when i look at what i’ve written, i often don’t recognize it.

i’ve been watching myself think lately, as an exercise.  i was taking notes the other day, from the quantumthink(r) book, and there was the part of me that was looking at the book and keeping my place and reading the words off.  these words sounded in my head as i read them, and there was a part of my mind  controlling my fingers and making sure they went to the right keys at the right time.  another part of my mind was catching spelling errors that my fingers missed, and making me stop and back up and correct the spelling.  another part of my mind was scheduling how much i had to go on the page, and thinking about how much more i had, and how much i’d done.  there was another part of my mind that was thinking about the newsfeeds i was digesting that morning.  there was the part of my mind that is always chewing over my story in the background, the hazy dreamy part i mentioned earlier.  all these layers of my mind were operating at once, and they were all distinct, and i was totally comfortable with the gentle murmer that all these streams of consciousness were making.

the i that was totally comfortable, i suppose, is what you’d call the observer.  the overseer, the one that watches.  this, of course, is like the turtles that hold up the universe, in that there’s always another level of watcher no matter which way you look.  i suppose god is the last layer of watcher, the watcher that watches all the others, but this would be slightly outside my normal frame of reference.

being quantum means dealing with t his.  that we’re not just one personality inside, not just one voice.  we don’t get up on the same side of the bed every morning.  each day we are different, sometimes drastically so.  the universe corresponds to our minds, not in a causal way as such, but i’m working on the premise that the condition of my mind on a given day is what primarily conditions the kind of day i’m having.

how do you teach that?  and even tho enlightenment is simply a choice, how do you get people to make that choice?  it’s only a simple change of habit, a tiny little thing

that completely changes your entire universe.

notes: do you quantumthink?

a really good book on how to develop the wisdom of ages without the usual rigamarole.  notes quoted from do you quantumthink(r)?:  new thinking that will rock your world, by dianne collins, 2011 selectbooks, inc, ny

“a system is like a vortex.  once you’re in, it takes you with it.  if you try to drive outside the road system, you’ll only get so far until you are forced back inside the system.

“this is why when you try to change something, the change often doesn’t work or doesn’t last.  even a novel idea or the most brilliant plan is likely to get swept into the powerful force of the existing system.   when you quantumthink you do not attempt to change the current system; you think in a new system.

“quantumthink deals with the system of all systems for human beings – consciousness itself.  the operating system in your computer is what allows for all the other applications to work.  the ‘operating system’ for human beings is our own mind.”p9

“however real the world of ‘solid’ objects and ‘fixed’ circumstances may seem to our ordinary five senses, the fact is we are living in a multidimensional universe that has been spoken about for thousands of years in the perennial wisdom of our spiritual traditions, and is now being verified by modern science.  ours is a universe comprised not of solid physical objects, but of energy continuously in flux, vibrating frequencies, always moving and changing.  we live in a world comprised not of dead or inert matter, but of intelligent living systems, whole systems – a world not restricted by old concepts of time and space, but a world at its source beyond space-time.” p11

“yes, of course, we could alter reality with out thinking, that is, if we were in command of our thinking.

“as much as you and i love to fancy ourselves independent thinkers, consider that your thinking is not random.  like everything in this vast universe, our thinking takes place in a system, as a system, based in the reality current we are travelling in known as our ‘world view.’ a world view is simply that:  the way we view the world – our ideas, notions, and beliefs of what we hold to be true about the nature of reality, including what’s possible and what’s not, including what we are capable of or not.” p14

“we imagine we think ‘freely,’ unaware that our thinking is shaped, guided, conditioned, directed, programmed by this background version of reality that we collectively organize ourselves around, invisibly and silently serving as the context of our lives.” p14

“we imagine we think freely, but we don’t.  we live in the illusion that we are consciously choosing our thoughts, that we have mastery over our inds and actions.  we have the possibility of choosing, we have dominion, we have sovereignty, yes, we’re in charge.  but to the extent that we are conditioned by a limited world view and don’t realize it, to the extent that we are automatic and are unaware of it, we are not actually at choice..

“mechanical ‘thinking’ shows up subtly everywhere.  many opinions are this way, as are many of our beliefs, interpretations, aversions, and attractions.  think about a machine.  once it is set up it just runs on its own.” p15

“reality is context-dependent.  context is a space, a frame, a perspective, a lens.  the overarching perspective is our world view – the ideas, beliefs, and notions we live by, often without even realizing it.  a world view is a powerful context shaping everything we think, everything we don, everything we create.” p17

“consider that whatever reality current (world view) we are traveling in, we are going to be subject to the ‘laws’ of that system.  until you can tap into the distinctions of our emerging new world view, you have little access to the benefits of a quantum reality.

“even tho the principles are operating, they’re not operating for you.” p17

“theirs was a science based upon absolutes, certainty, and prediction: a linear, logical, rational world of solid objects reducible to their constituent parts, fixed objects that moved only when an outside force was exerted on them.  there was always a ’cause and effect’ behind every action – the world as a perfect clockwork machine.  if we could analyze the parts and figure out how they worked together, we could predict and control everything.

“also during the 17th century the french philosopher, rene descartes, best known for his famous conclusion, ‘i think, therefore i am’ strengthened the idea of separation and parts by declaring mind and body as separate, that each of us are isolated egos inside our bodies.

“why should we care? because a world of fixed and solid objects renders us powerless victims in the face of fixed circumstances.  in that view we are destined to be the effects of whatever unchangeable forces happen to come our way. (translation = your wife, your boss, your partner, are not going to change and there is nothing you can do about it._ we should care because an either/or world of predictable outcomes drastically limits the possibilities. (translation  = infinite possibility has been downsized.)  we should care because a one-dimensional view of reality has no soul.” p18-9

“if the classical world view saw the universe as a giant machine, the quantum world view sees it as a giant mind.

“in the quantum view, there is no static or absolute reality. (translation = we are no longer stuck with the way things ‘are’,)  everything exists as infinite possibility (with certain probabilities).  exactly which possibility manifests is dependent on the observer. (translation = dependent on you.)

“objects are not solid as we perceive them to be with our ordinary five senses, but mostly empty space; fluttering with fluctuations of energy.  (translation = reality is malleable.)

“matter can exist as a wave or a particle. (translation = ‘opposites’ are both true, and at the same time.)  particles are not particles, but are more like tiny vibrating strings. (translation = your ‘vibe’ reverberates out to the world whether you realize it or not.)  chaos is self-organizing. (translation = you don’t have to work so hard to get things ‘right,’)  energy moves backward and forward through time. (tip: throw out your old concepts of time.)  energy does not flow smoothly in a straight line path, but ‘leaps’ in bursts from orbit to orbit with no pathway in between.” p19

“if you are living from the context of the old world view, and you are unable to make that distinction in your awareness, you are going to be shaped by the ‘laws’ of that system, by default – just because it’s already ‘there.'” p20

“in a world of solid objects we attempt to manage our results by force – pushing or pulling on circumstances (people, emotions, things) to get something to happen.  there is nothing i can do about ‘fixes’ circumstances except try to change them, or at best, adapt myself around them, a victim of circumstances.” p20

“when you understand that our institutions are born from the outdated idea that matter is fundamental, you begin to understand why western medicine, as brilliant and groundbreaking as it is, has primarily focused on the physical body, rather than on our multi-dimensions, including energy, subtle energy, spiritual, an d mind influences on health.  you can see why medicine was led to focus on isolated parts or singular chemicals of the body rather than on integrated whole systems.” p20

“when you distinguish the characteristics of the old world reductionist view that ‘the whole is equal to the sum of its parts,’ you get insight into how holding things as separate and disconnected might enable the ambiguity of killing people who have committed crimes while fighting vehemently for the rights of unborn fetuses or cells in a petri dish.

“you glean that a reality system based in the physical dimension would condition us to make judgments about and even reject others just because they look or think or act differently than we do.

“when you see that we’ve been embedded in a world view of parts and separateness, you sense that the erroneous notion of being separate could lead to equating differences with antagonisms and result in the unabashed lunacy to think hat just because you believe something that it is ‘absolute truth.’  you see how this fiction about the nature of reality – that we are separate from one another – could be the source of a horrific movement to kill off people of all religions or cultures other than your own, whether killing them off physically or spiritually.” p22

“when you realize that so much of life has become mechanical and that mechanical means unconscious in the sense of being unaware and automatic, you can understand how we have merely endured these glaring, blaring inconsistencies, feeling hopeless to do anything about them, though we’re tired to the bone and weary to the brain of our same old problems.  we speak here not of your private set of ideas and beliefs; we are talking about a backdrop of our world stage that has been centuries in the making..

“when ou understand that we have attempted to improve things using the push-pull force characteristic of old world view thinking, you can see why worthy solutions have eluded us.” p25

“quantum physics indicates that there  is no ‘way that it is’ out there – that our ‘knowing’ affects our reality, that our intent affects our reality, that the observer shapes the reality.  we live no longer in a limited world of fixed either/or options.  we have entered the world of both/and, the world of infinite possibility.  we’ve moved from a world of fixed, determined certainty to a world of uncertain, probable possibilities where we, as the human observers, are shaping what we see in our ‘observer-created reality.’

“in the quantum age, we are no longer victims of unchangeable, fixed circumstances.  we are reality generators in a quantum field if infinite possibility.” p26

“the quest for truth and beauty that scientific discovery and artistic creation make visible in the outer world so our rational minds can grasp the sanctity of our collective genius.  the wisdom so simple – compassion, kindness, love, service, appreciation, gratitude – that we take it for granted.  the special brand of wisdom that comes uniquely through you, entreating you to give it away to others.” p27

“where does wisdom come from?  is it stored somewhere in your body or in your brain?  cutting edge scientists say no.  the brain is a connector, a receiver, a transmitter.  consider that your entire  physical body is a sensing organism that enables you to experience the messages, the meanings, the wisdom.  no one has ever found wisdom inside your body or your brain.  then where does the wisdom come from?  consider that it is less a ‘place’ and more a ‘connecting to’ or a ‘tuning in’ to the field of all possibilities we call infinite intelligence.” p29

“the quantumthink system of thinking is not something you merely read or is it more information to add to your already full storehouse.  it is not a new ‘truth’ for you to believe.  it is a direct personal experience of an expanded reality and natural laws at the edge of our knowledge that awakens wisdom within you. you don’t just learn these laws, you imbibe them; you integrate them as a way of life.  you connect.  you cannot do this conceptually.  you cannot do this through your rational understanding.  you cannot do this by believing it.  it only happens in your own experience.” p30

“the mind is not to be confused with the brain.  as we go along and you begin to distinguish what it means to live fully dimensionally, you’ll see that the brain and the mind belong to different ‘orders’ of reality.  when you realize this and can make these distinctions, so many things become clearer.  reality is multidimensional.  the brain belongs to the physical, and the mind belongs to the virtual.  consider the brain as a conduit of consciousness, a transmitter-receiver.

“your nonlocal minds do not exist in the physical dimension; therefore, the mind is not restricted by ordinary space or time.” p43

“the world exists on the screen of your own consciousness.  what ewe focus on expands.  we add mass to that which we hold in our awareness.  consciousness is a live dynamic of being, a creative life force, the clay of reality that we get to sculpt.  lacking awareness of this fact and with little mastery with our mind, we will tend to keep in place the very things we don’t want.” p44

“like radio, tv, and the internet, we are always broadcasting our thoughts and therefore, our state into the world.  collectively, we simulcast reality.” p46

“without speaking a word, their very presence or essence enables you to experience focus, clarity and well being.  they emanate a transcendent awareness that pierces thru superficialities.  they transmit inner peace and a profound heart connection that enables you to fee it, too.  they exude a purity of being.  they can shake us up by providing the contrast that reveals the dissonance in our own being.  this is considered grace, to show us where we need to grow.  they maintain a state of equanimity, unwavering even amidst harsh circumstances.” p48

“to be masterful, to be at real choice, one cannot fall victim to one’s own reactions, uncontrolled behaviors and automatic tendencies.  the paradox of mastery is that it is a practice.  it takes a willingness to notice how you are actually being rather than living in a bubble of illusion.  the moment to practice is any moment.  when you learn the laws of mind which are the basic laws of creation itself, and apply them in the moment, you experience certainty in an uncertain world.  when you master your mind, you master your life.  mastery of the mind is not mind control or behavioral conditioning born of a cause and effect world.  we are speaking of mastery that gives you freedom and a sense of your own power.  in that state of equanimity, you are centered, you have clarity, you are effective.  whatever happens, you are fine.” p50

“consider that the question, what is the field? may be the wrong question.  it limits us to old world view thinking of a fixed ‘way that it is.’  if reality is multi-dimensional, then the field itself manifests all of these aspects, and probably some we haven’t discovered yet.

“we can learn a lot from the internet.  it is nonlinear.  it is infinite.  it is  non-locatable.  it’s a both/and world – the nonpareil of individuality and interconnected unity at the same time.  it equalized people and companies in spirit, large and small.  it is a 24/7 operation functioning in real time and it’s timeless.  it out-pictures humanity and reflects us back to ourselves:  from the vile to the sublime, from mediocrity to ingenuity,from the inane to the brilliant.  the internet isn’t a ‘thing,’ it’s a field.” p68

“when we are living fully dimensionally we truly can give up the exorbitant waste of time and energy spent in these either/or debates, battling to decide which of the limited viewpoints is going to ‘win’ out, an instead start providing a more expansive way of thinking for ourselves.” p70

“if life is fundamentally uncertain and we can live comfortably with the uncertainty instead of trying to lock everything down into place, t hen life becomes an amazing adventure.  the certainty comes from knowing the principles and universal laws that are operating within you.  the certainty comes from mastering what it is to be uniquely you.  the certainty comes from an inner knowing; faith in the sanctity and majesty of the miracle of life.  the certainty comes from knowing that you are ere to enjoy the wonder and the light of your own awareness.” p100

“from the tiny quantum particle to the larger macro world of objects and us, the ‘quantum hologram’ refers to the discovery that the event history of all matter is continuously emitted.  in quantum holography, each body emits and absorbs the complete information about that body on a continual basis.” p108

“since everything exists as energy fluctuating in varying frequencies, consider that your intent sets up a resonant field.  intent sets up  probability waves in the field of infinite possibility.  this means that your intent sets up a probability for any number of beneficial outcomes to attract your way – whatever resonates with the energy frequency of your intent.  you cannot use intent in a way that is manipulative, in the sense of forcing or push-pull.  intent establishes the nature of relationship between you and the other person, a relational field, like a field of attraction that activates all the probabilities consistent with your intent.” p125

“the very nature of our universe is infinite possibility.  the quantum view tells us that every moment contains an infinite number of possible outcomes, one of which manifests according to the intent of the observer.  to the finite aspect of our minds, to envision something infinite is unimaginable.  yet, quantumthink demands of us that we imagine the unimaginable.” p129

“to our ordinary minds something either exists or it doesn’t, because from the classical world view existence refers to what is physical.  we don’t think of the world of possibility as existing.  we hold what isn’t there as nothing, as having no existence.  there is either something or nothing.  this is thinking shaped by a classical world view – the world of an either/or reality of one dimension, the dimension of physical matter, that which we can glean with our ordinary senses.  in a classical either/or world, something either exists or it doesn’t, because ‘existence’ in that world view means the physical material world.

“yet, one of the most eye-opening insights we’ve learned from physicists of the new science is that the total universe consists of both the actual physical world whose existence is obvious to us, and it also consists of the possible world whose existence is unseen.  the possible world has existence.

“in the new world view we move beyond the limits of an either/or reality to the world of both/and.  both the possible and the actual worlds exist, and they exist at the same time.” p132

“in a quantum world view our perspective is entirely different.  if everything always exists, then generosity exists for everyone, including you.  it exists in the possible world.  now the question is – does your generosity exist in the other aspect of the world, the actual world  said another way, is your generosity manifesting?

“from a new world view we don’t end up classifying people as one way or another; as honest or dishonest, selfish or giving, stingy or generous.  we can see everyone as the possibility of any human quality or attribute.  which specific trait or quality actualizes what becomes manifest, is contingent upon the intent of the observer.  this is really, really important; you can literally bring someone else’s generosity into actuality by virtue of your intent to see them that way.  intent is the dynamic of creation, the activation of the life force.  intent activates possibility that originates in this quantum vacuum, the realm of infinite possibility.  there is so absolute truth about the way a person is.  there is only what you the observer actualize by virtue of your intent.  what you bring is what you get.” p133

“in contrast to infinite possibility as the limitless source of all creation, a least-action pathway is the route of the mechanical, the automatic, the non-thinking.  you could think of our habits arising as a result of our least-action pathways.  no new action has to be taken.  the energy, thought or action will automatically go in the direction established by the past.

“how does a least=action pathway show up in your life?  in your automatic habits.  what we mean by a habit is one that is automatic, mechanical, without thinking, one over which we have no mastery because we lack awareness of it; it’s a reaction to circumstances.” p133-4

“our least-action pathways do not allow for any new possibilities.  a least-action pathway does not even have any conscious awareness to it; it just happens automatically, unconsciously.

“this automatic functioning is actually one of the most marvelous functions of the classical world.  the electro-chemical processes of our body work this way.  when we perform certain repetitive functions, this automatic functioning is operating; when we are driving a car, or when we learn a language or when we learn to type or play an instrument.  we don’t have to have our attention on which letter on the keyboard to press, because of this mechanical functioning that doesn’t require our full conscious awareness.” p134

“this requires catching ourselves in the automatic habit of looking for ‘what’s wrong’ and why this can’t work.  with conscious awareness and conscious intent, we can shift the focus to what’s possible and how can we have this work.  this is the discipline of mastery.  it takes having vigilance over your own automatic ways of thinking and being, over your automatic habits.” p137

“a least-action pathway is one lacking in spirit or life force or conscious awareness.  notice if you find yourself in a ‘habit’ of reacting resulting in one of these states: agitation, complaining, worrying, criticizing, irritation, pressured, stressed, angry.  if you find it difficult to admit these to yourself, it is probably because you have ascribed some undesirable meaning to it. (probably a result of another least-action pathway)  when you realize these mechanistic ways of being are simply an outcome of a stage of evolution we can now transcend, you note them and move on with ease.

“two – just once today, when you catch yourself in a least-action pathway, shift it by thinking from infinite possibility and generating a new intent.” p138

“in an observer-created reality we are generating the new world in the sense of bringing it forth, and at the same time we are generating our relationship with the new world that is emerging around us.  in a holistic world where we are not separate from the world, the dynamic of creating is a co-participatory dance.  to be effective in this is to develop a new kind of knowing, a knowing that we can call mastery.  mastery is knowing what to do in the moment and doing it without having to think about it.  mastery is timeless and formless.  mastery has to do with effectiveness in the moment called ‘now.’  now transcends our linear concept of time.  ‘now’ is like an electron; we only know it by what it leaves behind.  ‘now’ is like that.  as soon as you try to capture now, it is already gone.” p141

“if all you have is one viewpoint, if you only have linear logic, a material world, and a fixed concept of chronological time as your background reference for what is real or valid, you are going to be constrained by the limits of that system.

“linear time is specific; it’s  precisely measured.  it moves in one direction, in a straight line, in increments.  if all you have is linear time as your reference, when you want to produce a result and it doesn’t fit into the time frame that seems logical to you, what happens?  either you would have to give up on the possibility of producing that result or you would attempt to manipulate around the circumstances to try to get it to happen.  how will you accomplish a project due in one week that you logically think will take one month to complete?  you would have to force the issue in some way.  you would have to work harder to try to get it done.  this is how the old world view has trained us – to work from existing circumstances and from ordinary logic that is so limiting that we are forced to give up or stress-out trying.” p149

“we can consciously generate these synchronicities and serendipity in our lives.  we can create this kind of magic on a regular basis from the power of our intent – if we allow for them to happen.  when you know yourself as a multidimensional being you can intentionally access both the material and non-material aspects of reality.  you can interact consciously with the forces that extend beyond sensory data and outside of linear time.  is this there is what we call an allowing.

“in essence what we are focusing on is the matter of what creates our reality from the human realm of what it is to create.  you are already aware that the central dynamic of creating results, what we could call the active principle, is your intent.  it is your consciously created intent, created deliberately and with the awareness you are doing so.  there is another aspect to the creation dynamic that we are calling the passive dynamic, and that aspect is the principle of allowing.

“we are all familiar with the world ‘allowing’ however in this distinction we’re using it in a particular way.  as a definition allowing means ‘to permit to occur.’  allowing as a distinction does not mean to ‘let things be as they are’ or ‘let the chips fall as they may.’  as a distinction, allowing is a dynamic, powerful faculty of the mind; an essential factor in creating from intent.  allowing is not merely waiting for something to show up.  allowing is a passive yet conscious act of calling something forth from the quantum field, even tho we can’t see or know at the outset exactly what is going to show up.  the faculty of allowing is an undetermined unfolding from the quantum field of probability, set up by a conscious intent.” p150

“in a holistic view of the world both what we see and what we don’t see, the visible aspects of the world and the invisible aspects, are both always in play.

“even if we cannot see how things work, we can know that they work.  even tho in many ways we are like einstein’s man with the closed watch, still we can participate and enjoy and benefit from the unseen and sometimes unexplainable dynamics.  when you can tap into nonlocality and synchronicity and allow then to operate in your life, it is so liberating!  in our information society where communications are instantaneous and things are moving at light speed, we don’t have the time nor do we have the capability to maintain control and produce results by having all factors in our immediate view.  you can begin to see that confusion and paradox are good traveling companions on the quantumthink journey.

“what we are really doing here together is heightening our awareness.  the purpose of th is kind of awareness training is not for you to change everything you are doing.  it is so you have choice.  as we become aware of the automatic ways we react to situations, when we catch ourselves in a least-action pathway, it is in those moments we have real choice.” p151

“for one entire day, become aware of all the nonlinear results or ‘quantum occurrences’ that show up thruout your day.  nonlinear means connections that are made that don’t appear to be related in the ordinary logic of cause and effect or physical linkage.  we call them quantum occurrences, amazing things that happen in your day; activities, resources, people and situations that come your way.” p154

“engaging in quantumthink is not just some intellectual exercise or a sophisticated fancy of dilettantes.  we are here to wake ourselves up to the fact of a vast ever-changing reality that we only have one tiny window on at any given moment in time.  we’re examining how the world view we live in shapes our thinking and therefore conditions what we consider to be possible in our lives.” p156

“like everything in this universe quantumthink is  multidimensional.  it is occurring on many different levels at the same time – energetically, mentally, and spiritually.  by now you have probably begun to know its multidimensionality in your own experience.

“what do we know about our current world reality?  we know that from a new world view the fundamental aspect of reality is non-material.  in contrast, the fundamental aspect of reality from a classical view is its materiality, i.e., only ‘matter’ is real.  listening from a material view of the world is generally associated with ‘hearing.’  in the material world of the ordinary five senses listening is equated with perceiving the data, hearing the words that are spoken.  in modern culture there is an expression ‘active listening.’  what does it mean?  that you are being consciously attentive to the words being spoken.  that is not what we are speaking about here.

“like the new world view itself listening is multidimensional.  from a new world view listening becomes much more; it includes the invisible, the intangible, and the unspoken.  what we don’t hear and see are  present and are as valid and significant as their physical counterpart in the sensory domain.  it is listening not just with the ears, which give you the sounds of the words, and not just with the understanding, the interpretation or meanings you give to the words.  it is listening with your whole being.” p157

“if we listen from context we might more appropriately look from the whole of what would work best for all  people and all parties concerned.

“to listen from context is to consider the intent in the conversation: what is my intent?  what is his/her intent?  what is out intent in this conversation?  when volumes get louder and tensions rise as the conversation spirals downward into an abyss leading nowhere, you can pause.  as soon as you ask yourself what your intent is in the conversation you instantly experience a qualitative shift leaping yourselves out of the prove-it-to-me or i said/you said either/or endless loops.” p159

“you are in your own conversation.  you are listening to your own inner dialogue.  you are not really listening with the other speaker at all.  you may have physically heard the worlds; you can even repeat them back.  parroting or mirroring back words is a mechanical action and we can do that easily.  consider that for communication to be present, there can be only one conversation.  examine th is in your own experience.  as soon as you go into any kind of judgment, whether silent or spoken, the chasm of separation happens and communication comes to a halt – even tho you may still be talking!” p160

“there are no techniques for mastery.  it doesn’t fit into a formula.  it is not a function of a static body of knowledge.  mastery is a function of active awareness, conscious awareness in the moment.  this state of being ready for masterful action, of having the confidence and conviction of knowing the appropriate thing to do in the moment it needs to be done, and doing it spontaneously without hesitation requires the state of being present.  we could also call th is ‘presence,’ presence of mind, presence of being.

“we are attracted to people with a strong presence.  we even remark that he or she has a ‘presence’ about them.  presence is powerful, it is charismatic, it is magnetic.  it is commanding.  when powerful leadership is being expressed we sense this magnetic presence.” p165

“leadership expressed with such presence contains a quality of attraction.  it draws to itself resources, favorable circumstances, and peoples’ alignment and commitment.  what we are speaking about here is not just a trait of someone’s personality, we are speaking about a person’s state, a way of being, a state that can be generated.

“how does one generate such presence?  what distinguishes presence?  we suggest it is simply the ability to be in a state of present-moment awareness with whatever is occurring, with whatever is showing itself – ideas, people and their attitudes, changing circumstances and unexpected situations, and to be able to be with any of it while maintaining a state of equanimity.  to maintain a state of equanimity means to be in a state of steady calmness; the state of being unperturbed.  in this state of equanimity we are not pulled into the circumstances tho we are aware of them.  we maintain our clarity.  we maintain a freedom to respond appropriately without getting swept up into the drama of the situation.  we could call this quality being able to maintain the perspective of all perspectives.” p166

“unless we are looking from the whole, seeing life from the largest perspective that we are calling the perspective of all perspectives, we can very possibly miss something that may be related to a result we are after but don’t immediately see the relationship of.  this is why we suggest that to achieve a state of mastery requires developing the perspective of all perspectives.  this is the ability to be open to the idea that anything that shows up is valuable even when we disagree with it, because it’s likely to be a contributing factor in the result we want to produce, particularly when the result we are after is unprecedented.” 167

“from the old world view of separation we tend to see an unexpected event as an interruption or an obstacle along our path.  from a new world view of wholeness we look deeper to see the wisdom in this seeming obstacle showing up, knowing it is part of the whole picture and realizing there is value to be gleaned from it.  when you live in the perspective of all perspectives you see how the seeming obstacle might give you important missing information, more time to think, or a novel approach and actually leads to something even better that wouldn’t have presented itself were it not for the ‘interruption.’  p168

“we can grasp this as a conceptual knowing. however, to embody this, to know this as your way of being, is quite different than knowing this as information.  until we become masterful self-realized beings it is highly unlikely that we are all going to go about everyday in this ideal peaceful state of equanimity where we have perfect discernment, discrimination, and know exactly what to do.” p168

“here’s how you can tell you are attached: you feel anger or frustration; you make others wrong; you argue for your position; you have little or no control over your reaction; you cannot find your equanimity center.” p169

“‘transformation’ means to go beyond the current form.  you aren’t changing the current form.  you are transcending the current form.  transformation brings about a new state of existence of something.  there is a special quality to transformation and that is:  when a transformation takes place it has the power to transform the “past, the present, and the future in that instant.” p171

“the ironic twist in trying to change something is that the very thing you are trying to change must be present in order to change it.  you can’t change an angry person unless ‘angry person’ is there to change.  and then you have to work on it.  you would have to work hard on it usually and it might take a lot of time.  we are using the example of an angry person but this mechanism can be seen in any area of life where you are attempting to change something that you are sure ‘this is the way it is.’  think of all the times you try to change something about the other people in your life.  what about when you get frustrated because there is a situation at work that you want to change and no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, it still seems to persist.  if a desired result continues to elude you and ‘change’ isn’t really working, then what else is possible?

“we can effect a transformation.  we have spoken about the new world view that reality is context-dependent.  in the reality we just described we’re operating from the context that being angry is a fixed attribute of a person.  you could say that being able to effect a transformation is the ability to generate a new context.  creating a new context alters th e reality of it..” 172

“from our old world view conditioning we attempt to change what already exists.  thinking form a new world view you realize that what you focus on expands.  thus, rather than focusing upon what we don’t want, instead we create what we do want.  what you hold in consciousness is what you make real.

“every time you bring yourself to the state where you become aware of yourself as the observer in an observer-created reality, you have distinguished yourself from any fixed set of attributes or circumstances that you have been identifying with.  in the moment you just notice your anger, you have transformed it.  you have not changed your anger.  this is what we mean by transformation as distinct from change.  without changing anything, simply by being able to generate new contexts, you literally transform your world.  you cause a major shift in your actions and your outcomes which follow from your action.s  one tiny step of awareness is enough.” p173-4

“let’s say you feel yourself irritated or agitated or maybe even depressed.  you know the one thing in life, perhaps the only thing you have total charge of and are in total command of is your own mind, your own state.  yet, like hugging your mother and telling her you love her )or whatever it is someone ever wants of you) you are just holding back.  you just won’t do it.  do you want to be so rigid with yourself?  are you so convinced that whatever thought you are having that is giving you your current state is so much ‘the truth’ that you cannot shift it?” p178

“so this is what you mean by a quantum leap in consciousness?  it’s going on all the time, so i might as well consciously choose it?  exactly.  just become aware of your state.  the next time you find yourself agitated or anxious or angry, just notice:  what is your state:  in noticing, it will shift.  it doesn’t matter why.  and it doesn’t matter how.” p178

“resonance.  we attract and manifest what we resonate.  a great master said: you can only manifest what you are conscious of being.  in an observer-created reality, the observer and that which  is observed are one.  as daunting as it seems to grasp this, each of us holds the world of our reality within our own being.

“one could say in life we are either creating or reacting.  we are either in a consciously self-aware act of creating or we are at some level in a less aware state of being in reaction to circumstances that arise.  both of these actions, creating and reacting, will manifest results, material and spiritual.  it is apparent however that mastery can only be attained thru the practice of conscious creating.

“when you create consciously you are one with divine intelligence.  there is no separation.  you know this experientially with profound certitude.  when you are simply in reaction to  life it is as if you have a momentary lapse of memory.  you forget who you are.  you forget you are not separate from infinite creative intelligence.  your ‘knowing’ is temporarily on the blink.  therefore, consider the closer you get to ‘knowing’ your creation as an aspect of your own being, the higher your degree of mastery in manifesting results.” p179

“the 1st aspect of knowing is unawareness.  this is the state in which we say we have no idea.  in popular parlance, you are ‘clueless’ and you are clueless that you are clueless.  you have a total lack of distinction abut something.  you don’t see it.  you don’t ‘know’ it.  something exists, and idea exists but it does not exist for you.  it is outside the domain of your awareness.  in the state of unawareness you are likely to be at the effect of your circumstances.  you get pushed and pulled by whatever current you find yourself in.  you could say in a state of unawareness you are your circumstances.  you are the flotsam and jetsam on the sea of life.

“this is the domain of stimulus response, an automatic, mechanical reaction to life.” p181

“another instance of unawareness is when you are so involved in trying to avoid something that you become the very thing you want to avoid.  remember, we manifest what we are conscious of being.  hence the adage, ‘what you resist persists.  by putting so much attention and energy on a trait that you absolutely under no circumstances want to be identified with, you hold it in your being without realizing it.  for example, you judge someone else for being uncompassionate and in doing so, the lack of compassion resides in you.  this is the state of unawareness.

“the 1st aspect of knowing is the state from which sages and saints have admonished us to awaken.  it surely is like a walking sleep.  in unawareness there is no agency in it.  you are just an effect.   in unawareness there is no distinguishing going on so you cannot divorce your small self from your higher self which is awareness itself.  it may seem like you are choosing, it might even feel as if you are choosing but without awareness there is only reaction.  the good news is that as soon as you become aware that you have been in unawareness, you instantly spring into one of the other states.” p181-2

“the 2nd aspect of knowing is conceptual.  this is where we have something as a ‘good idea.’  we may even be committed to this idea.  but it only exists as a concept, a mental construct.  in the 2nd aspect of knowing we say, ‘oh, yes, i understand that.’  this is where we see something as information.  it is data. we know something, some thing.  therefore, this thing we know as information is separate from us.   conceptual knowing is characteristic of the classical world view, the domain of knowing in an either/or world.

“what we know in the domain of concept is evidence-based, believe it or not, true or false.  it is based on circumstances that seem to be out of your control, external to you.  you may still relate to yourself as a victim of circumstances only now you can be intellectually skillful in explaining why you are justified in being a victim of outside forces.  still, you try to control the circumstances thru exerting force.  in the 2nd aspect of knowing you attempt to manage the facts.  you want all the information in front of you.  you feel you have to know it all. this is the domain of analysis, breaking down the whole into constituent parts.  you move the parts around.  it’s a make-it-fit world.” p182

“you have no intimate connection to what you know this way; it is outside of you and separate.  you are alienated from it.  it is not a part of who you are.  the conceptual aspect of knowing lacks heart and circumvents soul.  it is the domain of ‘should,’ ‘ought to,’ and ‘must.'” p182

“the 3rd aspect of knowing is intuitive….you are aware that there are principles operating outside of your immediate view.  you have stopped trying to figure things out.  you are allowing what occurs to present itself to you.  you are ‘tuned in.’  synchronicity and serendipity are present.  you have given up trying to control every move.  you have begun to glimpse the idea of your own being as a source of results even when you don’t see obvious connections.  you’re consciously tapping into what that might mean.  life is much easier and more enjoyable.  you are noticing the ‘magic’ and you are open to it coming your way.” p183

“the 4th aspect of knowing is participatory…you are participating in the creation of reality.  in participatory knowing what you know is part of you; it is you.  you know it as your own being.  there is no separation.  it is your participation that actually creates the experience you have of your reality.  you are the seed, the blossom, and the fruit of your results.  this is the aspect of the observer-created reality.  you are the observer and you are also that which you are observing.  both are aspects of the same whole even tho there are distinctions just like the threads in a cloth.  you can distinguish the threads;  nonetheless the threads are the cloth.” 183

“participatory knowing is the domain of distinguishing.  in the moment you are present to a new distinction it enters your awareness at the 4th aspect of knowing.  when an idea as concept metamorphoses into a distinction, it is in your participatory awareness and therefore, becomes part of you.’ p184

“what we are focusing on here is not so much the scientific principles themselves; what we are examining is how the discoveries of science shape the way we think.  consider that we human beings are made up of the same stuff of reality as the stars and of everything else in the universe.  we participate in the quantum relationship of nonlocality.  we can and do influence things and events at a distance from us.  our intent, our emotional states, or feeling states affect reality.  in quantumthink we call these ‘quantum occurrences’ – events and results in our everyday human affairs that happen nonlinearly outside the realm of ordinary logic and rational understanding.

“it is said that the universe is comprised of energy fluctuations informed by intelligence.  consider that there is only one unifying ‘substance’ that underlies all of reality and existence and that this unified field is a field of intelligence.  you could call this the one universal mind as a useful way to think about it.  we experience the nonlocal field effect whenever we exercise intent and allow for the connections to be made.

“the corollary or counterpart to being able to influence things nonlocally at a distance from us by way of our intent is the fact that we can also tune in to things and events and knowledge that are at a distance from us using our intuition.  just as the faculty of intent is inherent in all human beings so is the faculty of intuition.  the use of our intuition is our own access to nonlocal mind, the universal field of intelligence.” p196-7

“if you are living from a new world view – an interconnected, holistic & holographic universe of multidimensions, parallel universes, and nonlocal mind able to see and have access into the past, present and future – you would see every event, every accomplishment, everything that occurs within a particular framework, not as a linear and isolated event, but as an integral element contributing to the whole of what is unfolding.” P205

“”when you view life from the whole you realize events are not isolated; they are related.  everything that happens belongs to the original intent.  perhaps ‘x’ didn’t happen in the timeframe you envisioned; however, if you hold whatever did happen as related to your end result, you don’t just give up.  you use the opportunity of whatever happens to guide you to perhaps an even greater result when you are not locked into illusory time constraints.

“when you think beyond time you realize that everything that is going to unfold is already there.  everything already exists in the possible world.  you have access into the past, present, and future at any time.  we know, at least we can conceive of this intellectually, that the past, present and future are all ‘there’, all at once because linear time as we use it is an invented distinction that we lay over our world.  ‘past’ and ‘future’ are modern contrivances we use for convenience.  brain researchers have found that the same areas of the brain are activated whether you have thoughts of your personal past or thoughts about your future.” p205

“the dilemma is that when you get yourself into the stressful state you take away your presence.  anything that usurps your present state of awareness takes away a degree of mastery.  ” p206

“there is even greater reason to live both within time and beyond time and that is – so we feel comfortably at home in our fast-paced world.” p206

“if your mind is your frame of reference then you are limited by whatever fills your mind in any given moment.  if your consciousness is your frame of reference – the free and unbounded awareness with which you see your mind with all of its talents and workings – if you know that your mind is a tool inside of the frame of reference of consciousness, then you have a lot of power with your mind.  we have been in the practice of using our mind and consciousness in this way in every quantumthink distinction and recreation.  yet, until you make this distinction, for most people the content filling your mind is your frame of reference, the background context from which you live.

“when you can see your mind as a faculty in the context called ‘consciousness’, the ‘no-thing’ from which anything can come into existence, then the gift of the mind can be used as a tool inside of infinite intelligence, infinite potential, infinite possibility.

“consciousness is first and from consciousness comes the mind.  the mind is a faculty we have available to us.  your consciousness is the awareness of what is going on in your mind.  this consciousness or awareness is what enables us to distinguish the thoughts we have, and in distinguishing them, we have freedom to create outside of the thoughts that are already there.  if all we had is mind, with no watcher of mind, no awareness or consciousness of mind then we would be limited by whatever the mind is doing at any particular moment, or limited by what the mind does as repetitive patterns of thought.” p207

“if you could have as your frame of reference ‘outside of time’ and then see that time is to outside of time (there is no word for it) as mind is to consciousness, then time becomes a powerful tool.  it becomes a faculty.  it becomes something we can use rather than something we are entrapped by.” p208

“one of the most useful assets of mastering our mind is the ability to just ‘drop it’ and move on.  move on to the next now.  drop the unpleasant thought, emotion, meaning, or experience and create the next moment as new, happy, and free.  when you experience awareness beyond time then you have the capability to make that choice.” p208

“we mostly operate in the world of the senses, of sensory data, what we can see and feel and hear, what we can smell and taste.  being conditioned to a one-dimensional view of reality has kept us superficial in the true sense of the word – on the surface, attending to what is ‘apparent rather than substantial.’ this has been a factor in prejudices created from seeing differences and separation, most notably in the color of skin, religious belief systems, and social status.  operating from perception alone can be quite unreliable hence the expression ‘optical illusion.’ the senses are easily fooled.

“contemplate this for only a moment and you realize it doesn’t even make sense to hold that the physical is the only reality.  everything that has ever been created by humankind began in the unseen, imperceptible dimension of thought.  the very life force itself that sustains all living creatures cannot be seen or measured (thus far) in physical terms.  the essentials of life are outside the physical dimension of ordinary sense perception.” p213

“‘energetic or electromagnetic interactions play an important role in the brain and nervous system’s ability to communicate information.’ they have shown that ‘electromagnetic fields generated by the heart extend a number of feet outside the body, can be measured, and contain information modulated by one’s emotional state;’ that ‘a person’s heart field can be detected by other people in proximity,’ and that ‘the interactions between people have been shown to produce physiological effects.’  they further hold that the spiritual body provides missing information – that ‘the individual spirit has a very real, dynamic and evolving structure, a kind of ‘holographic blueprint’ that maintains and evolves the pattern of physical structures.'” p215

“one of the things you could see about this [either /or] view is that it doesn’t really allow for or acknowledge infinite possibility.  you would generally come up with one of the obvious options that fit into the pull or sway of that system.

“if you are looking from a new world view you are looking from a reality of ‘no absolutes.’  ten to try to impose an absolute where it isn’t appropriate you are going to end up with some degree of vulnerability or lack of cohesiveness in that system.” p222

“looking from a holistic reality where everything and everyone is interrelated and interconnected, where there are distinctions yet no actual divisions – consider that moving from a world of either/or to a world of both/and could be moving from a context of right/wrong or good/bad to a context of what works, or efficacy.  ‘efficacious’ means ‘that produces the desired effect.’  what if you could simply look from a context of efficacy – from a context of what will produce the desired result.

“either/or thinking relates to events and occurrences as isolated incidents rather than viewing them in light of a whole process that’s continually unfolding.  when you look fro m the whole process rather than from your mind fixating on one issue or one event or one interaction between people, you can see how any one event fits into the overall scheme and evolution of the process.  you look from and for ‘what will produce the desired effect,’ what will work for everyone, knowing that this is possible in the face of a broad range of varying views and even apparent opposition.” 223

“the principle of duality is evidenced throughout nature: hot and cold, dark and light; young and old, day and night.  from an old world  view we might see these complementary opposites as separate.  from a new world view we realize they are one and the same in different states, opposite ends of the same spectrum.  to know one is to know the other, its complement.” p224

“what does it mean to quantum leap to a world shaped by both/and given that complementary forces are a fundamental essence of life?  how do we reconcile the forces of either/or in the larger, more encompassing perspective of a world of both/and?  “P225

“either/or thinking makes its appearance regularly in the personal decisions we make, in business directions we take, i collective views we mistake for ‘absolute truths.’  the automatic tendency toward either/or often leads to contradictions that defy common sense.” p226

“according to taoist philosophy, the tao can neither be described in words nor conceived in thought.  one has to do nothing strained, artificial, or unnatural. through spontaneous compliance with the impulses of one’s own essential nature, one achieves unity with the tao and derives from it a mystical power. “226

“when you distinguish, you literally bring something into existence from the nonlocal field – from the possible world into the actual world.  you choose a possibility.  if you continue to hold that possibility you make it more established and thus you make it more real.  it shapes your experience.  if others join you in holding that same reality, it becomes even more entrenched and so begins to shape other peoples’ experience as well.  this happens not  mysteriously at all; it happens all the time in simple ordinary ways.” p230

“as soon as you distinguish automatic conditioned patterns and habits of thinking, you go beyond them.   the moment you distinguish that the classical ‘old’ world view is based on assumptions that have been proven to be mostly mistaken, you open yourself to discovering the more accurate and up-to-date principles.  thus, distinguishing awakens us to living in an expanded reality in synch with the world as it is today., attuned to what leading edge thinkers refer to as the new world view.  until you make these vital distinctions you have no way of accessing the full magnitude of what each thinking system makes possible in your life.” p230-1

“every day you wake up in one mood or another.  when you distinguish that any unappealing thought you have  passing thru is just a least-action pathway, a vestige of old mechanical habits – in that moment you are free to choose.  you realize that a thought is connect to the entire experience for that day.  do you want to energize and thus sustain the reality of being in the doldrums, or will you ‘shape shift’ and create a context of happiness for today?  unless you can distinguish what’s present, how can you create anything new?  this is the extraordinary gift of the art of distinguishing; you have immediate access to generating realities.  distinguishing constitutes a method of self-awakening.  you bring yourself ‘present’ because you can only distinguish when you are consciously aware in the moment.  this gives you creative command over your experience, your choices, your life and your world.”  p231

“imagine you are watching the news on tv or on the internet.  you can’t help but notice that the emphasis or ‘spin’ of most news stories is negative in tone.  you step back from your own experience in the moment of watching and become aware of the ‘gloom and doom’ effect on the state of your mind and heart.  lacking access to the art of distinguishing you can easily fall victim to the reportage.  you might react (in the 1st aspect of knowing – unawareness) by criticizing the news media or journalists.  perhaps you resolve indignantly never to watch the news again.  what experience are you generating for yourself?  resistance, frustration, disappointment.  again, that is the automatic, reactive mode. what else is possible?  you can practice the art of distinguishing and give yourself a totally different experience from the same set of circumstances, watching the news.

“there are plenty of possibilities.  you could distinguish the pattern of negative slant news reporting as a cultural least-action pathway, an automatic and mechanical habit that news executives, producers, and reporters as well as viewers around the world have become accustomed to, fixed on the idea that on tv ‘grim spin’ generates financial win.  you could distinguish this media habit as a product of old world view conditioning of focusing on ‘what’s wrong.’  you could distinguish the least-action pathway belief that in storytelling conflict is essential for making a story sassy.  whatever possible reality you choose, the point is with awakened awareness you can distinguish the very same circumstances in a way that transforms your experience of a common everyday occurrence.  you take yourself form a reactive state of irritation and frustration to a state of equanimity, clarity, and compassion.  you don’t have to get caught up in the circumstance.  you generate a different kind of reality, a more desirable experience for yourself and others.” p232

“many people argue for their limitation using brain science:  but my brain is wired that way; it’s ancestral, it’s given by our genes, our brains are set up that way.  we’re wired for war.  the paradox is that despite the most embedded ‘conclusive’ evidence about ‘the way things are’ the plasticity of the brain is a fact.  we have the ability to interrupt neural patterns and create new connections.  we can and do alter the neural circuits when we consciously distinguish something novel.  we have th capacity and the awareness to create entirely different realities.  isn’t that what visionaries and pioneers, entrepreneurs and inventors have done thruout history?” p233

“traditional education has been focused on the acquisition of knowledge.  we would gather information, organize it into text books, and teach students to memorize it so they could later apply whatever they could recall.  yet in our information age where data is infinitely increasing you can see the unworkability of even conceiving to learn by memorization.  the most one could hope for is to specialize, to take one small area of this gargantuan, growing knowledge bank, assimilate it and attempt to keep up with it.  this type of learning is obviously necessary.  however, in our day-to-day lives, in our ordinary activities, to live in a world where the very essence of life is in continuous flux and change, isn’t in incumbent upon us to expand our way of learning?

“with the advent of computers and the internet we no longer need to ‘memorize’ information the way we once did.  you and i are living in a universe of networks, a reality of never-ending webs and connections from the electrical circuits of our brains to the light circuits of our telecommunications.  the entire collective ind of humanity is instantly accessible and amazingly so with a click.  what kind of learning is appropriate in our new world?  in this networked quantum age the ability to connect to information is as paramount as the ability to collect information.” p234

“socrates taught by asking the students questions and having them inquire until they arrived at the answers for themselves.  the underlying assumption here again is that all knowledge is available to all of us; all we need do is connect to it.  since we are all a part of the infinite intelligence of the universe, if you are willing to expand your understanding of what this means, you could say that real learning is simply a matter of becoming consciously aware of an aspect of your own being.

“we can consider generating the 5th aspect of knowing.  we create distinctions all the time but until you ‘distinguish’ that this is what you are doing the power of distinguishing as a creative force can elude you.  when you know yourself as a generator of distinctions and therefore of realities, you are in the 5th aspect of knowing, generating.  you are the one generating, discerning what something can be, and what makes it possible.” p234

“consciousness takes on the attributes of whatever you are aware of.  the mind takes on whatever you fill it with; hence, as you think, so you become.  to know the mind it behooves us to notice what habitually fills our mind.  what there is to master is the activity of our very own mind.  a powerful aspect of our mind is our emotional response to life.” p242

“[dr. shealy] ‘we are a walking crystal.  a crystal is piezoelectric material.  this means it converts physical pressure into electricity.  you can feel the vibration of people speaking.  every bone in your body is vibrating.  every tendon is piezoelectric.  our body is a walking crystal.  we store electro-magnetic energy.  we can receive, we can transmit, and we can store electro-magnetic energy.’

“from a perspective of a new world view, that everything in the universe and we are energy in flux, an aspect of mastery is to learn to work with our own energy.  because energy is convertible, we can also transform energy.  since the emotions are powerful energy, we can learn to work with this energy.

“we can say that emotion is electrically charged energy.  we even use the expression, ‘an emotionally charged’ experience.  the nature of energy is that it  is in flux.  emotional energy trapped in the body is known as stress or tension.  to remain in a healthy state, energy needs to flow.  since emotion is energy, it is important for our well being to keep our emotions moving and conscious.  neuroscientist candace pert, renowned for discovering the opiate receptor, the bonding site for endorphins in the brain, and for demonstrating that the mind is in every part of the body, states: ‘i believe that emotion is not fully expressed until it reaches consciousness.'” p244-5

“from a perspective of an old world view, the classical-mechanical world view where we see things and each other as separate – we could say that emotions experienced as automatic reactions to circumstances are in a lower evolved, mechanical-like state.  this means you have a stimulus-response type of reaction to an external circumstance.  you are not willfully generating this type of emotional response.  it is happening as a result of past conditioning or association with the stimulus.” p245

“jealousy, for example, can only exists if there is another to be jealous of.  the sages say, where there is ‘another,’ there is fear.  otherwise fear cannot arise.  so the sense of separation is the cause of the arising of many negative states associated with emotions.” p245

“emotions are responses to the meaning we give our thoughts.  you can generate a new meaning for the very same thought and give yourself a new emotional experience.  you have a jittery feeling about an upcoming event, you call it ‘anxiety.’  you become aware of this and you make up a new meaning and you refer to the jitters as ‘excitement.’  you’ve transformed the energy of your emotions from a negative state to a  positive state.  it is known in brain science that when you do this you change the neural connections in your brain and the chemicals in your body follow suit.” p246

“tensions kept in their lower state become static on the radio of our being.  we affect others with our energy.  we radiate according to what we have our attention on.  one of the most powerful energies we emit and transmit to others is our emotional energy, including our tension, without realizing the extent to which we affect the people around us.” p248

“on a personal level, we would see each other as separate, our determinations as black or white, our options as limited to what we ourselves had jurisdiction over and could control.  so this idea that our results and what we think we are capable of is shaped and limited by our world view is not a dry theory;  you can see this present and alive all around you.” p254

“our technology and our artifacts and inventions, our extensions of ourselves, the offspring of our current culture and state of evolution, are thrown out into the world so we can see who we have become.

“we invented the internet.  it is an extension of our nonlocal consciousness.  now the internet reflects back to us, and we learn that the nature of reality is spaceless and timeless, chaotic and self-organizing webs and networks, continuously in flux, and requires the use of all the dimensions of our being, including our intuition and logic combined, to effectively deal with it.  the internet shows us that we live in a universe of infinite possibility, continuously expanding.  it teaches us that the accumulation of information in our ‘local’ mind is no longer feasible nor is it necessary.” p254

“as you think, so you become.  as you evolve your own mind and awareness you unfold a sublime destiny of what you can become.  the irony of an evolution of consciousness is that it must be consciously chosen.” p255

“why do we bring up this distinction between cosmic, universal, worldly and individual evolution?  there is an essential factor in the process of awakening awareness towards self-mastery, especially with regard to your worldly and individual evolution.  that factor is the factor of your own choice.  the irony of conscious evolution is that it must be chosen, consciously.

:you have the opportunity here and now, regardless of when and where you are reading these worlds.  you and i have the choice to evolve our own selves, by creating that intent, by continuously welcoming the surprises of our own unfolding, and by noticing and enjoying the lessons we are here to learn.  in choosing conscious evolution your life lessons become easier because you are looking for them so you can work with them.  you know there is synchronicity and intent at play and that the circumstances coming your way are for that reason – so you can have your lessons and evolve.  like moving around the gameboard of life, as you learn, you advance.” p256

“living your purpose is expressing what is uniquely you.  this is what is needed and wanted on the planet right now in order for us to make this quantum leap into the next octave of awareness for the whole humanity, if, as einstein indicated, we are to go to a level of thinking appropriate for dealing with the world of today.” p257

“the great shift is not only a matter of going to your next level of awareness; it is a profound knowing that you are living in a time that renders you an essential factor in this monumental leap for humanity.  it is to know yourself as an integral aspect of the living cosmos.  it is to transcend limited beliefs and conditioning that would have you imagine yourself as anything less.” p258

“what about our observer-created reality? does purpose exist independent of our ascribing the meaning of it?  if there are no absolute realities, then how can we have a decisive purpose?  are we the ones making up meaning and purpose or is there something inherent in life, in each of us, to be gleaned and distinguished? ” p261

“from a classical world view which analyzes things into parts, we don’t experience the people and things in our lives – not even ourselves really, as ‘wholes.’  we see parts, pieces, a fragmented reality.  we’ve been conditioned to focus on incremental incidents, on content, the ‘stuff,’ rather than on context, the bigger picture.  we relate to what is in our immediate view.” p262-3

“looking from the whole of your life, looking from your purpose, you can see everything that occurs as clues to the mystery adventure called your life.  even the minute seemingly petty details, looking from the whole of your life, have value and appear to have a larger purpose.  you know, the word ‘quantum’ refers to an amount.  and quantum science deals with the very small.  yet, you can see in quantum technology this science of the small is extraordinarily powerful.  so these very small things, these minute occurrences become powerful forces in your life.” p268

“everything – people, places, and things – have their own energy signature, a distinctive energy we sense beyond the purely physical.  we are always in an energy exchange with other people and with our environments. ” p274

“in an observer-created reality we’re likely to find what we are looking for.  be it a scientist, debunker wannabe, or any one of us, consider that we can and do tilt the outcome of any ‘study’ depending upon the conclusion we’re out to ‘prove.’  reality is context-dependent.  the power of intent is formidable.” p276

“one important way you can balance your energy is simply by not dissipating it.  we can squander energy just as we can squander money or sex (both of them are energy as well).  unnecessary arguments, worries, doubts, and fears can squander your energy.  you can also dissipate energy thru pushing and forcing, third chakra style.  are you going too far with a desire for power, or can you jump to a more refined state and appreciate your power from a place of equanimity, sixth chakra wisdom-style?” p281

“we can have dense thought energy – a ‘belief’ you are stuck with, a least-action pathway emotional pattern you allow to run its loop rather than interrupting it, or a thought you are attached to.  when a person is ‘down’ we say there is a dark cloud hanging over them.  like a thick fog, doubt and fear energy prevent the light of intelligence from reaching you.  negative or guilty or judgmental thoughts can muck up your energy field.  ideas that fixate as dogma obscure the light of awareness.  being ‘incomplete’ does, too.  these are dense energies.  once you become aware of these inefficiencies, you can clear them.” p281

“ancient vedic wisdom teaches that as you refine your consciousness and purify your energy state you naturally acquire siddhis – various ‘powers’ of higher states of mind like clairvoyance.  spiritual seekers are always cautioned not to get hung u pin the ‘powers’, to always stay focused on the goal – awakening – self-realization for the benefit of all.” p283

“one – check your energy atmosphere three times today.  is it dense or clear?  notice where your energy is focused.  are you in your ‘force’ mode?  sensuality mode?  heart mode?  you don’t have to ‘do ‘ anything with it; just become aware of it.  two – relate to everything in your personal surroundings today as energy in flux.  your computer, your food, the trees, the sun, your furniture, your rooms.  treat every entity as infused with life force.  notice any changes in their energy field when you infuse them with your attention, light, and love.  three – determine where you need and/or want to purify your energy in flux.  look at the physical, from your own body to the environments you inhabit, your home, your office and work space, your car, the places you frequent, etc.  look at your thoughts, your emotions, your spirit, your soul, your connection to divine source.  you can now intervene and generate your intent to purify your energy fields and lighten up.” p285

“to transform the resonant field we introduce something novel, a newly stated intent.  at the same time we are also introducing something new from an all-encompassing view, a new system of thinking.  we are ‘challenging the system’ of mind both fro the whole of it as well as from a specific intent. thus, in quantum manner the whole way we relate to life reorganizes itself, not as cause and effect, but as a resonant field effect.” p295

“heartmath(r) notes there is ‘compelling evidence’ that both the heart and the brain receive and respond to information about a future event before the event actually happens.:  p295

“conscious fields are powerful, that is, fields where the people who comprise them are consciously aware of the field as a field.  most of the fields we pass thru, in s hopping malls, grocery stores, office buildings are not particularly conscious fields and are therefore experienced as a bit chaotic or as having a kind of coherence.  however, you and i can generate conscious fields with the awareness that we are doing so.  when you come together with others to generate a conscious field, the field is focused and guided by a deliberate, created intent.” p297-8

“in the distinction transformation as distinct from change we realized it is easier and more effective to generate a new pattern rather than attempt to change the old one because in order to change something you have to keep it around.  trying to change something keeps in place the very thing you don’t want.  people say they want to ‘think outside the box.’   this typically means they want to think more creatively, have ideas outside what’s ordinary and common, in order to accomplish something different, new, exciting, innovative.  it might be more accurate and expedient to generate a new ‘box,’ not a box to be entrapped by, but a fresh and fertile geometric resonance.

“thought may not be energy yet it activates it.  thought may not be matter yet it shapes it.  thought may not ‘be’ resonance yet it generates it.  thought may not be energy or matter but simply a connection, a direction, a force of its own unique brand.  perhaps thought simply tunes us in to one set of coordinates or another.  what we are doing here is expanding our thinking another octave to see thought and intent as generating patterns that are not linear; rather the patterns are geometric.  our most focused intents take form.” p300

“”we could ask why should methods for awakening consciousness be kept a ‘mystery?’  one reasonable explanation put forth is that a person needed to have reached a certain level of responsible maturity and spiritual advancement to learn about such things because when the higher states are reached, (as we have pointed out,) it is said one acquires the use of certain ‘powers’ of creation and the holders of the knowledge wanted to make sure people used the knowledge wisely.  now we can consider that we’re in an era when such ideas can be discarded simply as old ways of thinking.  if we continue to lock in place the idea that enlightened minds or awakened thinking is only for a special few ‘spiritual elite’ how can we ever expect to live the wisdom?” p301

“the five-fold action of consciousness, represented by the ancient icon we have discussed, the dancing shiva nataraj.  this ecstatic dance symbolizes the five-fold nature of consciousness and of creation itself.  we bring something into existence by naming it.  we sustain it by holding it in our consciousness.  we ‘destroy’ it or it goes out of existence when we take our focus off of it.  these are three of the actions.  the fourth action is that this process has become hidden, concealed thru ‘forgetfulness.’  we forget that we have access to the awareness that enables us to choose new thoughts.  then thru the fifth action called ‘grace’ we remember it again.  i other words if we forget the source of creation in our own awareness, we tend to get lost in the changing creations themselves.  however, due to grace we remember that we can connect with source and create something new, something more empowering.  perhaps this is what is meant when reality is spoken of as an ‘illusion in the literature of consciousness.   our thought creations are real, however they have a transitory and ever-changing nature, coming into and going out of existence, just as energy particles leap in and out of existence int he world of scientists.” p319

“one of the most significant things going on in our new era, in this new time of evolution for humanity, is the re-converging of science and spirituality.  it’s happening as scientists begin to realize that pure consciousness could very well be the source of all material reality.  many scientists today are studying the vedic literature of india, considered the most ancient teachings on the science of consciousness.  others are studying kabala, sufism, and the christian mystics; the traditional cultures of the aborigines, druids, ancient mayans, incas, hopi, and others known to have direct personal knowledge of consciousness.” p324

“mastery is not remembering; it is remembrance of your invincible connection to all-knowing source.  masterful action is not remembering from the past nor is it anticipating from the future.  in the clarity, in the stillness, in the silence, you connect with the aspect of intelligence perfect for that situation in that precise moment.  this is spontaneous wisdom in action.  this is living wisdom.  remembrance is your rendezvous with the great self.” p327

“the distinguishing of mechanical, unaware habits as least-action pathways is invaluable assistance for candid self-inquiry.  you notice the habit, knowing you can interrupt it when you see it, and you create a new intent.  the zero-point state makes self-inquiry possible.  in the zero-point state you are present to yourself.” p327

“physicist peter russell wraps it up elegantly:  ‘physical light has no mass, and is not part of the material world; the same is true of consciousness.  light seems in some way fundamental to the universe, its values are absolute, universal constants.  the light of consciousness is likewise fundamental; without it there would be no experience.'” p330

“physicist-inventor, mark comings suggests that our core assumptions have to be questioned, especially the one that says we live in a universe of scarce energy resources, that energy scarcity is a misconception and that ‘we are one with the quantum plenum.'” p330

“every aspect of life participates in each of these seven dimensions, each one distinguished by their characteristic form of intelligence and all of which are unified, integrated and interconnected: the physical dimension of ordinary matter and the physical body; the energetic dimension of the subtle fields that comprise and emanate from all form; the virtual dimension of mind and all extensions of mind and awareness; the spiritual dimension of heart where we experience the interconnectedness of all; the cosmic dimension of natural law, operating principles functioning thruout the universe and within you and me; the esoteric dimension of soul, stories of evolution and prophecy; the divine dimension that encompasses and is responsible for all of creation, the dimension that transcends dimensionality, forever the ultimate mystery.” p335

“in the physical dimension money as currency is representational, that is, it represents the value of goods and services.  tho money has a physical presence in the form of what we call currency, paper bills and coins, and that which backs it up, (in previous eras the gold standard), in  modern society we relate to it mostly in the virtual dimension.  electronic transfers, atm, debit and credit cards, computer transactions networked beyond time and space are the way of our world.  in the virtual dimension money is an idea.  in the energetic dimension money is a flow of energy thruout the system of exchange.  in the energetic dimension money is a flow of energy throut the system of exchange.  money as energy follows universal laws. ” p340

“to live without reverence for the fact of creation itself could be the ultimate asleep state.  we have a word in  human culture:  hypocrisy.  it means ‘the practice of professing beliefs, feelings or virtues that one does not possess; falseness’ and carries a great weight of judgment behind it.  hypocrisy means you imagine yourself to be one way (kind, compassionate, gentle, merciful), and then you act out something inconsistent with it.  you judge negatively, blame people, snap anger at people, attack people, kill mercilessly and justify the atrocities by calling them ‘casualties of war.’  then we call ourselves ‘god-fearing people,’ the highest statement of reverence for the might of god.

“quantumthink is about living the wisdom not merely knowing it.  consider there is no way we can live the highest virtues, there is no way we are living the wisdom, as long as war continues on this planet.  it is not a question of pie in the sky, unrealistic optimism in a ‘dangerous world’ where countries and people have to defend themselves against the enemy.  it is a question of intent.  to accomplish the elimination of war, poverty, crime or any other unnecessary injustice we start as we do with any creation; it begins with the intent for it to happen.” p346

“from a quantumthink perspective we have seen that what binds us most are the beliefs and conclusions we have made about life.  an aspect of mastery is discerning between your preferences and y our conclusions lived as ‘absolutes’ that bind you and limit you.  you could establish a tremendous freedom for yourself in distinguishing that.” p347

“knowing the wisdom is of little or no  practical value.  the history of humankind proves that over and over again.  knowing the wisdom may be titillating to your intellect or your ego, knowing the wisdom may inspire you and give you ‘hope’; nonetheless, only living the wisdom matters.  what does it mean to live the wisdom?  it means you are the walking-talking embodiment of the great virtues.  you emanate it.  you exude happiness, compassion, kindness, love.” p348

“these ides which turned out to be fact challenged the ‘authority of the day’ however the vatican did not officially take copernicus’ book of the ‘banned’ book list until 1835 and did not officially recognize the validity of galileo’s work until 1993.  this is not at all intended to criticize the vatican but rather to point to the necessity of awakening ourselves beyond old ‘knowledge’ to be open to an entirely new way of thinking about the nature of reality, how it works, and our pivotal role in it at this critical juncture for life on earth.  courage is a virtue.  today we are living in the midst of a wide range of human beliefs which are as outdated and factually incorrect as these notorious historical examples.  to go forward now and finally take the literal quantum leap in consciousness that has us authentically living the wisdom; this is our most sacred privilege.” p349

“people speak of a critical mass necessary for the leap.  who will be the catalyst for such a leap?  will it be you?  will you be a light that ignites others?  for a photon, a particle of light, there is no time and there is no space either.  consider that we are seeds of light.  and as light seeds we can go anywhere in the universe with out intent.  this is what all the great teachings of old have taught.  and this is what our science is proving today.  consciousness as light becomes matter.  intent alone traverses the world instantly.” p349

“we are creating tie world anew.  how are we going to achieve it?  in this age of transformation it is going to take each and every one of us.  the institutions aren’t going to do it.  don’t rely on the government, the stock market, the corporation, and of the ‘theys’ or the ‘thems’ to do it for you.  institutions are comprised of us.  there is no ‘it’ out there.  every awakened mind is needed and wanted.” p350

“this is the time we’re in.  this is the era your soul chose to participate in (if you believe such things.)  the time that will enable us to create a new reality, not by one thought at a time but by a whole system jump.

“the late, great quantum physicist, david bohm, said, ‘in some sense, we have to have enough faith in our world view to work from it, but not that much faith that we think it’s the final answer.” and this is a good thing to keep in mind, that no single world view is going to be the final answer or the absolute truth, because the nature of reality is infinite, expanding and evolving.  we are going to continually discover new operating principles.  but as bohm says, we can have enough faith in our world view to work from it, to see what it makes possible for us.

“think about it.  you can live according to the push and pull of the circumstances or you can live according to your consciously generated intent.  this is the gift of awakened awareness.  you can choose.  you can condition the fields that you travel in with your own intent.  you can include others and generate something magnificent for all.” p350

“there are the old stories of the end times, dark and gloomy and dreary – ad there are the new stories of ‘the great shift,’ a transformation in consciousness that takes us to an elevated and noble state.  now dear friend, it is an observer-created reality.  you are the observer with the choice of how you view things.  you are the one with the emanating resonance based on which reality current you choose to hold in your awareness.  would you rather hold a doomsday scenario or would you rather hold an exalted one?  it truly  does come down to you and me and what we choose.  we have been graced with the divinely given ability to shift and change and shape and transform our world free of old habits, free of automatic conditioning, free of what no longer worlds, and even free of the contingency based on standard scientific method.  now we can go deeper to discover what each of us is here to contribute,  what we are here to evolve to, to free ourselves and to finally know ourselves as true love.

“can we ever put an end to war, crime, bigotry, poverty?  of course we can.  doomsday prophecies and predictions notwithstanding by now you realize in a quantum world nothing is fixed.  everything is in continual flux.  everything is malleable.  our meanings and prophesies can change.  we can change the future.  we can even change history.  and we do.” p352

author’s note: walking off the cliff

about a decade ago, when all sorts of life changing things happened to me, i learned the lesson about trusting the miracle.  miracles happen all the timesurrender and wait for the miracle.  phrases that make some people cringe.

and i’m pretty skeptical, for a recovering newager.  i’m allergic to organized systems of thinking and behavior.  i get hives when people get gullible.  but as i learned to adjust and adapt to my changing circumstances, as i gave up more and more of what i had thought defined me, i started getting my wishes.  i started to have opportunities fall into my lap.  one day, almost way late on the rent, i sold a painting for exactly the amount of the rent and went waltzing into the rental office waving the check they’d just given to me.  everybody in the office agreed that it was a miracle.

just last week i had a miracle that reminded me.  a few months ago a super-paranoid friend of my kid’s was over, and borrowed my kitchen knife so he wouldn’t get jumped on the way to his next hidey-hole.  and so i lost my knife.  and knew i’d never get it back.  my 30 year old carbon steel sabatier knife.  with a bent tip and all.  and i went around telling everybody i wanted my knife back.  and never stopped visualizing getting my knife back.  and was even offered the lend of a much better knife, which i declined.

and lo and behold right after that, while out on a dog walk, a young man of the neighborhood walked up and handed me my knife back.  it was a lot more obvious a miracle than i’m presenting here, with more sparkly bits than i’m telling, but i don’t want to be all dramatic about it.  the point was i had a clear (to me) lesson about trusting to the miracle and not letting negativity and fear kill the energy.

this is an important part of being quantum.  i think quantum things happening in the realworld qualify as miraculous, something supernatural.  i think a quantum world would qualify as a supernatural world.  magical realism at the very least, and there are miracles everywhere you look in magical realism.

i learned a bunch of lessons when i learned about miracles.  it’s all in your attitude, for example.  worry kills the miracle.  you actually have to act like the guy in the cartoon who walks off the cliff – just don’t look down, and keep going.  let a foolish faith in miracles sustain you, and the universe will do what you expect it to.  and that’s magic.  that’s what miracles are.

and this is important to my story.  because the forces of fear and the classical insistence on certainty are very strong, very demanding and intimidating.  and the quantum way has to win.  quantum reality is inevitable, because there isn’t just one right way but endless right ways, and no amount of force and coercion is going to put it back in the box for good.  it’s been tried, and eventually the forces of change and diversion win out every time.

so the point has to be made again and again that the answers don’t come from the rational places, they come out of left field.  from intuition and that place where we all communicate with god.

so what i did today was to write out how the girl learns this lesson in herself, and how she teaches it to others.  it actually helped quite a bit to illustrate her character, and i discovered some interactions between her and other characters (snake) that i hadn’t realize before.

and that’s what i told jim when we were walking the dogs.  here i am, month after month, breaking the story structure down into smaller and smaller chunks while the whole mass grows larger and more intricate.  and it all seems so tedious and useless while i’m in the middle of it.  and then there comes an insight like the one i had about miracles yesterday, and just like that there’s another huge chunk of the story’s essence dropping into place.  which qualifies as a miracle.  when you start qualifying, everything turns into a miracle.  and why is that bad?  because it leads to constant praise and hope and the feeling that someone out there loves you?  that’s not so bad.

quantum possibility

the article i reposted yesterday affected me all evening.  ostensibly about peer review issues in science, it spoke to me about how thru history the rich and powerful have dominated and abused the poor and meek, and how we’re busy dealing with this same issue on a whole new batch of hardware.  we have free information on the internet, and they try to control it.  we try to grow our own foods and they patent the seeds.  we try to organize to take back some of the huge disparity of wealth and they call out the troops.  it has happened in every phase of civilization, whether we’re talking about king john against the merry men or the industrial factory owners against the luddites or the robber barons against the wobblies or the cellphone factory against the workers.  and in each case, it was whoever had the most money won and the opposition got stamped out.  and that’s always been the way it was.

but if it was quantum, it wouldn’t work that way.

at least, the quantum ideal i’m thinking of in my own head, not related to the actual reality at all and not backed by current scientific understanding.  but so what.  i’m writing idealistic fiction, and i can dream up the kind of world i want to live in and make it come alive on the page.  and it can find its own way to reality.

reading the article i’m referring to, the comments were very thought provoking, and i’ll summarize the interesting ones.

the problem with having a duplicating transporter, something that would generate viable copies of itself anywhere and everywhere, thus increasing the supply of that item without cost, is that people would just forcibly seize control of it and we’d be in the same boat as we always are, with a few people owning everything and everyone else suffering.  this is the way of the world, and why i sometimes hate being a human.

but what if you can’t seize it, what if everybody has the ability to do it themselves, directly, without anything that can be broken or confiscated? you could then try to disable it in them, somehow break their new abilities.  or kill them. you’d have to kill them all, but that’s kind of where they’re going with this.  but what if you couldn’t?  what if there was no more power-over, and you couldn’t just kill those who disagreed and otherwise threatened you.  you couldn’t stop them at all.  but they could stop you, and suddenly it wouldn’t be a matter of the few controlling everything.

is this where the slaves rise up against their masters and kill them in their beds?  that’s certainly a good argument for keeping the status quo, by force if necessary.  but it’s fear-based.  so it’s not quantum thinking.  no, what happens is the slaves free themselves and ignore their erstwhile masters, who then have to do everything for themselves and can now inspire only pity instead of fear and loathing.

then you have the problem of infinite resources and uncontrolled growth, when there is no scarcity. the argument here is that if you have no limits to growth, then people increase and increase until there’s no more room and the whole thing blows up in your face.  again, that’s a good argument for limits, which then turns into disparity and ends up as a zero-sum game.  so it’s fear-based, and wrong.  do people drug themselves to death when it’s legal and available? no, that’s a scare tactic, people regulate drug use within themselves; some become addicted (but not criminals), and others don’t.  people would, if everything were freely available, take only as much as they needed, and not hoard because that would diminish their own lifestyle.

but this is only once they got used to it. until people lost the fear, they would continue to hoard and suppress and be agressive against perceived threats.  and you’d have them trying to take it away from us again.  how would people with infinite resources react to this? fight back? or erect appropriate barriers? or laugh? depends on how fear-based they are themselves.

the main problem is that people fear quantum reality.  they want certainty; they want a daddy god, they want a clear right and wrong, they are comfortable with us versus them, might makes right, do it my way or burn motherfucker.  so they will resist the shift to quantum consciousness.  even the protagonists of this story resist becoming quantum beings.  it’s ever so much harder being god than being an infantile petty human.

people will try to suppress quantum consciousness themselves, if it should arise in them spontaneously.  they would listen to the voices that tell them there’s only one right way and it’s certainly not quantum, it’s classical.  and they would be ashamed of their differentness, and they would punish themselves, just like in the bad old medieval days when religious types went around hitting themselves with scourges.

there are many times a day when i pause and think how impossible a task this is that i’m working on.  there’s no bringing quantum consciousness to this part of universe, nobody really wants to be god-in-aggregate.  they want their petty individualistic human squabbling, like a married couple that loves to fight.  and then in my research i’m always coming up with evil ways to use these energies, like the military’s perversion of neuroscience to incapacitate declared enemies and protestors.  this is discouraging to me, because it clearly shows how even a power for good (quantum thought is inclusive, non-hierarchical, tolerant) can be misused to achieve  power over.

but i can’t despair, because that’s fear-based.  i can only proceed one day, one paragraph, one post at a time.  my part to create the future i want to live in.